What to Do Before Going on Holiday
There’s always one person in the family who gets their knickers in a twist before going on holiday, despite even the most dedicated efforts to organise a summer break. Maybe as you all approach the airport, Mum reveals she has left her straighteners on … or at least she thinks she has. Or perhaps Dad has forgotten to get the euros, after being asked five times a day for the last five weeks.
Maybe the eldest mysteriously slumps in a heap on the floor at the moment they realised their mobile phone plan won’t allow them to use Snapchat in the Algarve. Hold on – now the youngest has disappeared after going off in search of an airport baguette. And there’s only 4 minutes till the gate opens!
Luckily, Falcon has a range of handy tips to make sure you aren’t driven to tear your hair out at Departures. Here are some things to reflect on long before you go on holiday this year.
Avoid passport dramas
You won’t be going anywhere this year without a passport. Check that this handy document is in date, and if it isn’t, get your skates on and update it! If you leave renewal until the last minute, you’ll have to go and sort it out personally, which can be quite expensive. Once organised, try not to leave it on your kitchen table when you go to the airport – you won’t be the first, and you won’t be the last!
Pack your holiday essentials
Essentials are called essentials for a reason. Pants are obviously a key item – don’t forget about them when you’re selecting appropriate evening wear. On a serious note, make sure you have medical essentials that you need to bring – it can literally be a real pain if you leave them behind. Even simple things like sun cream and sunglasses are important to remember – you don’t want to spend needless cash on buying duplicates. Create a checklist for everyone who’s going!
Don’t forget your trunks
Yes, we’re back on pants again. You don’t want to be that eejit hanging out at the pool in their underwear. Remember your trunks, gentlemen. Ladies, don’t forget those bikinis unless you’re fans of forgotten style classics like ‘polo neck at the beach’.
Don’t come unstuck at the airport
Airports can be stressful at the best of times, especially if you have a large family to coordinate. Reiterate to your kids that it is absolutely not OK to pack anything remotely dangerous. If your kids have a grudge against you, they might have tried to stow something in your bag – so check there too.
And don’t forget – it’s easy to forget liquid limits at the airport. Did you pack your favourite bottle of Chanel in your hand luggage? Crucial mistake. Fall foul of the liquid limits and your perfume will be confiscated – as well as that magnum of champagne you thought you might enjoy in the departure lounge.
Is your home secure?
Waking up in a hot country with a sea breeze running through your hair and the sun on your back is one of life’s great pleasures. Unless you suddenly remember that, 3000 miles away, your back door isn’t locked. Another checklist might be of use here before you leave for the airport.
Organise travel insurance
Everybody tries to avoid injuring themselves on holiday, but if the worst does happen, you want to know that medical help is readily available. Duck paying for travel insurance and you could find yourself up the creek without a paddle (and a broken nose or leg).
Update your bank
Planning to use your card on holiday to take out cash? Tell the bank you are abroad before you go, so they know you’re not a fraudster. Otherwise that special meal you had planned for the first night could end up being a magical evening at McDonald’s, paid for by your pocket change.
As the old saying goes: by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. Have fun on your holidays this year!
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