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Pre-Travel To-Do List

Picture the scene: it’s the evening before you are due to set off for a well-deserved break. You are all packed and ready to go but, before you head off to bed, we recommend double checking that you have done the following:

1. Charge your devices

Your phone, computer, kid’s gadgets, electric shaver and any other device you are taking on your trip. Also check you have the correct adaptors for the country you are visiting.

2. Download at home

While you still have dependable access to Wifi download those e-books you have been meaning to read, TV shows, music or movies you want on your devices for the flight and any for your kids too. Nothing worse than being on a flight with a broken inflight entertainment system and nothing to do!

3. Change up your currency

If you haven’t already and make sure you have a combination of large and small just in case

4. Call your bank and credit card company

If you are planning to use your cards abroad, it’s a good idea to give your bank and/or credit card company the heads up. Remove the possibility that an international transaction could get flagged up as suspicious activity on your card which could leave you temporarily without access to funds.

5. Confirm all of your bookings

Confirm everything you have booked in advance – flight, rental car, airport shuttle, train ticket, hotel reservation, pet sitting, house sitting etc. Check what time your flight departs and that you have left plenty of time to get to the airport.

If you haven't already booked your airport parking, you can do it know. It is important to pre-book so you can secure your space at the best price.

6. Check the weather

Since weather predictions often change, the most important time to check the forecast for your destination is the day before you travel. This will also give you an idea of any delays that may occur if the weather looks bad. Plus you can make any adjustments to the clothes in your already packed suitcase if there is a sudden change in the weather.

7. Pack and weigh your case

Hopefully you will have already packed your case and given yourself time to plan your outfits, get the washing up to date and purchase any new outfits for your trip but if not do it now! There are plenty of packing lists that can be found online tailored for all sorts of holidays that you can print off to ensure that you have not forgotten that essential item!

Nothing like getting to the airport and then having to do a bag reshuffle in front of everyone in the queue because your case is too heavy! Make sure you double check the airlines baggage allowance to make sure that your case fits the requirements (you don’t want to start your trip with a hefty fine!)

8. Travel insurance

Check that you have adequate insurance for your trip. Some trips e.g. skiing may require a higher level of cover and check what is covered as sometimes not every activity is.

9. Rearrange any deliveries

Cancel any milk or newspaper deliveries and if you are away for a long period of time, consider asking royal mail to hold your post. See

10. Get your house 'holiday ready'

Bring the laundry up to date, clean out the fridge, water the plants, take out the rubbish, lock your windows and adjust any heating settings or thermostats. Notify your alarm company if you have one. Set up any lamps with timers so it looks like someone is in. Is there a neighbour that you could ask to keep an eye on your house while you are away?

Last but not least, enjoy your trip!