Saturday, 9 September 2017

My Travel Essentials

When going on holiday I find it helps to make a checklist of everything we need to pack and prepare ready to go away.  If I don’t write a list I worry I will forget some important detail.


Preparations

It’s best not to leave everything till the last minute!

Consider applying for a European Health Insurance Card this is completely free to do but does not replace having travel insurance it just means you have access to state provided healthcare if you need it.

Buy a guidebook so you can structure your trip, making plans about the types of things you would like to see and do.  If I am honest though I tend to do most of my research online as I find review sites to be more objective and up-to-date.



Think about security at home.  Panasonic Home Security cameras are worthwhile researching if you’re worried about your house whilst your away.  Footage from the camera is streamed to your smartphone so you can make sure everything is as it should be.  You don’t want to make life easier for burglars, make them think twice about targeting your house. 

Keeping your home safe should be one of your biggest priorities when considering travelling.  Alongside investing in a home security camera make sure there are no tell-tale signs you are away, don’t let your post build up or talk about your holiday on social media.

It’s worth checking for the latest travel advice at your chosen holiday destination before setting off, the countries are listed alphabetically so you can quickly find useful information regarding possible dangers from disease, crime or the weather (as is the case in the Caribbean now with the dreadful storms).


What to pack


We tend to remember the clothes we need to take but it’s the extra items that often get forgotten.  Things like a universal adaptor plug so you can charge your laptop and phone, ear plugs for a peaceful flight, a padlock to keep your luggage secure and perhaps Sea-Band products if your prone to travel sickness.  

I would recommend buying a portable suitcase weight scales which you can pick up quite inexpensively, that way you can be reassured your packed cases are within the airline limits so you don’t have any additional charges.  Ideal also for return journeys when you may have picked up some extra purchases and want to double check the weight is still okay.

Thank you for reading and wishing you all happy holidays!

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