An essential checklist for your next family holiday
Planning a holiday? Well, we’ve put together a checklist to help you on your way. Yes, you’ll have to adapt it depending on your destination, the time of year and the age of the children in your party, but here are the few things to consider:
Paperwork and passports
First and foremost, ensure you have all necessary paperwork with you, including travel documentation, insurance, ID, health insurance information, and booking confirmations. Don’t assume you’ll be able to access the information remotely, keep a hard copy to hand, so you can access crucial information whenever you need to.
Currency is crucial
If you’re travelling abroad, then ensure you have a sufficient amount of the relevant currency for at least the first day or two of your holiday; and research beforehand where you can procure some more. Always carry a credit card for emergencies and let your bank know you are travelling abroad.
Devices and chargers
Ensure you’ve packed all the mobile devices you’ll want on your holiday, the chargers to go with them and plug adapters if necessary. Check what your accommodation and rental car include, so you’re not duplicating equipment and taking more than is necessary.
Pack all those supplies that help your day go smoothly, from toiletries to contact lenses, spare glasses, a basic first aid kit, insect repellent and any regular prescriptions you take. Plastic carriers bags and sandwich bags are also of help in lots of ways, so pack a few.
The clothing you pack is very much down to the type of family holiday you’ve booked, but keep an eye on the local weather reports, so you can alter your capsule wardrobe as required.
For the children in your party make sure you have some favourite toys, books and rainy day activities, plus any age appropriate kit required such as baby monitors, nappies, bibs and bottles.
Whether you’re taking your car, are taking a flight or are using public transport; pack a few essentials to improve your travel experience. If you’re faced with a long car journey, then pack a few CDs, audio books, suitable games, water, travel sweets and refreshments, so you are as comfortable as possible. If you haven’t flown for a while, check with your airline to confirm what you can take in your hand luggage.
Heading to a beach? Then pack sun cream, sunhats, sunglasses, swimming costumes, (wetsuits potentially) and towels. Don’t forget a few buckets, spades and other toys to keep your crew amused.
Invest in the best family beach tent you can, to shield you however sunny it is by the sea. You’ll find options that provide practicality, protection, and quality, all wrapped up in an economical bundle that’s easy to transport.
Write your list and check it twice, as there are bound to be some things you consider essential, that we won’t know about – so pack those too, and you’ll soon be ready to set off on your next vacation.