When youâ€™re planning your holiday itâ€™s easy to get lost in all the excitement; reading the guidebooks, organizing everyone, finishing off all your work! With so much going on it can be easy to forget the essentials and the things that just make traveling a lot easier. With that in mind we look at the essentials!
While this is fairly obvious itâ€™s amazing how often people forget their passports. Triple check that you have them before you leave the house. Make sure you photocopy them as well so that you can recover them if lost and get replacements easily.
The same as passports and many of us canâ€™t imagine forgetting them; but in the chaos of getting everyone organized itâ€™s actually fairly easy. Print out on arrival tickets are the very best way to get around this; just make sure you print off your confirmations and any other details.
3. Photocopies of everything
While the chances are you wonâ€™t lose anything on your travels having photocopies of all your important travel documents means that you are well prepared and losing anything wonâ€™t ruin your holiday. Keep a photocopy set in each item of luggage to be extra safe.
4. Luggage Labels
Luggage labels help you track down lost items really easy but they also make it much easier to spot your luggage on the carousel when you arrive; which means you get out of the airport even quicker and can start your holiday! Use bright and colorful ones and make sure you add your address and hotel.
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5. Sun Cream
It might seem obvious but tracking down sun cream can be a pain in some destinations and countries. Take a plentiful supply with you and make sure you use it! Getting sunburnt on your first few days is a very easy way to spoil a holiday!
6. First Aid Kit
Having a first aid kit lets you take care of any small problems. While healthcare isnâ€™t too much of an issue in most countries in more exotic locations youâ€™ll want some plasters, sterilizing gel and cleaning wipes et al. This way you can treat minor cuts and grazes without risking infection!
If youâ€™re going anywhere with a beach then towels are an essential as youâ€™ll want something to take to the sea or for sitting by the pool. Not all hotels provide beach towels so check before you travel to make sure that you have them if needed.
8. Day bag
Forgetting a day bag is an absolute pain as you always want to have something to carry towels, water, guidebooks and, of course, all the souvenirs that tend to find their way into our possession over the course of a holiday. Pack a reasonable sized lightweight rucksack so you can carry anything you need.
In our modern age we all like to stay connected and take our gadgets and gizmos with us but forgetting an adapter can put a serious dent in our plans to stay connected. If you make sure you get an adapter then you can keep everything running smoothly. Itâ€™s a good idea to invest in a universal adapter if you travel a lot!
While most of us now have phone cameras the truth is that a real camera will take much better photos. So try and remember to pack your camera and bring the charger and films. This way you can get the best snaps possible and memories that will last lifetimes.
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