Travelling at any time can be stressful, but it’s especially true when you are travelling with your family or a big group. However, it doesn’t have to be. With careful organisation before you go (and we’re not talking last minute!) you’ll be able to start your holiday off on the right track.
So to help you remember the key things to take with you, we thought we would provide you with a list of five items you cannot forget for your holiday.
1. The Essentials
It’s an obvious one, but you’d be surprised just how many people misplace or forget the essential items for any holiday. Make sure whatever bag you are taking onto the plane as hand luggage will include:
- Everyone in the family’s passports
- Flight tickets
- Hotel booking information
- Visas (if required)
- Insurance documents
It is always a good idea to pack your hand luggage a couple of days before your departure date, so you know that everything you need to get away on your holiday is already in place. Plus, it’s one thing on your to do list you can tick off.
Make your hand luggage is a big bag so you can carry everything you’ll need for the flight and the airport. Just be careful you don’t go over the hand luggage size/width restriction for your airline.
If you or a member of your family will require their medication while at the airport, or during the flight, be sure to include enough in your hand luggage for the entire time you won’t be able to directly access it. The rest of the medication, along with a mini first aid kit for when you’re abroad, can go in your hold luggage.
Your mini first aid kit should include:
- Painkillers Creams for bites or stings
- Medication that can help with an upset stomach
- Rehydration solution
- Antiseptic solution
- Plasters, dressings, bandage
If you have younger children you can make your journey easier by taking some toys, books, colouring books, or a tablet with games and films on so they can be entertained during the flight. They may become easily bored, so trying to keep them entertained will help everyone have a smoother journey.
Don’t forget to take something to entertain and occupy you as well. A magazine or book is always a good choice, as well as your tablet to watch films or listen to music.
In a technological world, where would we be without our smartphones and tablets? Don’t forget when going away to pack all the chargers you need – for your phone, laptop, camera, tablet or any other electricals you have with you.
You’re also going to need a travel plug adapter so you can plug in all your electrical items.
No matter where you go, you’ll always crave your favourite snack. You may not be able to get your favourite biscuit or your favourite tea bags on holiday, and these are especially important if your child has a favourite snack that they just can’t live without. Remember there are restrictions on certain foods you can and can’t take abroad, but packing your favourite biscuits to see you through the week should be fine.
Finally, make sure you have a super time away and make lots of happy memories for you to share with your friends back home, and to look back on in years to come.
Ultimately if you do forget one of the above, you may be able to get them on holiday – it’s likely that they will just be a little more expensive. Whatever you do, do not forget number one – the essentials. If you leave without these, or lose them when abroad then, then your holiday is sure to get a whole lot more stressful.