Monday, July 25, 2016

Vacation Essentials: Your Ultimate Travel Checklist

Are you gearing up for a family vacation or a romantic break? If you’re going on holiday in the coming months, here is your ultimate travel checklist. Whether you’re staying home or jetting off to exotic lands, this will help you plan a perfect, hassle-free trip.

Papers and documentation
Before you even think about booking a vacation, find out if you need to fill in any paperwork, apply for a visa or renew your passport. If you’re flying long-haul, you may need at least six months validity on your passport after your planned departure date. If your expiry date is approaching, give yourself plenty of time to get a new passport. If you’re visiting certain countries, you may need a visa. Check online for more information. It’s wise to find out exactly what you need before you even start looking for flights and accommodation. If you’re planning a road trip, make sure your insurance is valid, and you’re up to date with vehicle safety checks. If you’re going abroad, make sure you have travel insurance.




Planning your vacation
Planning is always advantageous regardless of the type of holiday or the destination. Do some research about potential vacation destinations, accommodation options, and flights. If you’re planning to drive abroad, you may also wish to look into car hire. You can often save money by booking online. If you don’t want to hire a car, it’s a good idea to organize airport transfers before you fly. This will save you time at the airport, and you’re likely to get a better rate.

If you’re staying at home and you’re thinking of going on a camping trip, there are various options open to you. If you have an RV, you can hit the open roads and stay in your vehicle to save on accommodation costs. If you don’t own an RV, but you’re traveling on a budget, you could consider RV rental. Alternatively, you could travel by car and take tents with you. Campsite fees tend to be a lot lower than motels and budget hotels. If you are off on a road trip, check your vehicle before you go. You may need to top up the oil and water or find a company to fix RV roof damage. Check your tyres, fill up the gas tank, and plan your route.

Packing tips
It’s best to give yourself a few days to pack. Last-minute packing usually results in missing things off the list, and it can be stressful. Write down everything you need, and work through your list. Do your washing the week before and hit the shops if there is anything you need to buy before you go. Remember that you’ll need miniatures if you’re traveling with hand luggage only. If you’re going somewhere hot, don’t forget sunscreen. Be realistic about what you need. Don’t take anything that you know you won’t use. If you’re over your weight limit, this can be costly.




Planning a holiday is exciting, but there’s a lot to think about. Hopefully, this checklist will make the process simple and stress-free. Have a wonderful vacation!

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