Going on holiday is an exciting time. It’s a time to relax, explore new places and make lasting memories. However, the run up to going on holiday can be stressful. The research and planning, making sure you’ve packed everything, booked everything and haven’t forgotten to do anything can all take its toll.
As I’ve just returned from a weeks holiday in Menorca, I thought I’d put together a check list of holiday essentials.
- Luggage allowance – This is always a big thing for me. Before going anywhere I always check to see how much luggage allowance is each passenger is allowed. I also check if the total luggage allowance can be pooled together and used as a combine weight. For example, on our recent holiday, each passenger was allowed to carry 15kg on hold luggage. There were four of us travelling which meant we had a combined allowance of 60kg. Providing none of our suitcases exceeded 23kg, we could essentially bring on two 23kg suitcases, and one 14kg suitcase. It’s always handy to know, especially if you’re travelling as a family as children quite often need more than once change of clothes which means you can end up packing a lot!
- Sort out your airport parking early. I always find booking my car parking as soon as I’ve booked my holiday the best way to save money and get a good deal. Get cheap airport parking at sites like Parking at Airports and save up to 72% off your parking.
- Airport Transfer – When you arrive at your destination, how will you get from the airport to your hotel? With our recent holiday, a coach transfer was included for free, however on our earlier holiday this year, we didn’t have any transfers included so we had to arrange this ourselves. We ended up booking a private hire minibus to pick us up from the airport and take us to the hotel, and then booked a return trip for our outbound journey.
- Travel money – We tend to bring cash as oppose to using a travel money card. It’s just what we’ve always done. We always shop around to get the best deal, and have found that some supermarkets will offer a buy back guarantee. This means that if you don’t spend all of your travel money, you can exchange for your normal currency at the same exchange rate you bought your travel money for.
- Travel insurance – This is a biggie! Never, ever go on holiday without travel insurance. For as little £20 you could cover your whole family. If anything goes wrong and you have no insurance, you’ll spend a lot more than what your travel insurance would have cost you in the first place.
These are just a few of my holiday checklist essentials. I hope you’ve found them helpful!