Tis the season to be jolly (and I don’t mean Christmas!) Yes, the summer holiday season is here yet again, meaning millions of people will be leaving the rainy shores of the UK in search of sun, sea, sand and sangria.
But, before you get too excited and run off to the nearest airport, it’s time to get organised. Here are six essential items you need to be taking with you when you jet off for your annual summer holiday.
Far too many people leave it until the last minute to get their foreign currency, and suffer by exchanging their cash at their airport – or worse: when they get to the country they are visiting. For the best deals you should shop online, monitor the fluctuations in the currency rates and choose a provider which seems to have the best deals and rates at any one time to ensure you are getting the most foreign currency you can.
We’ve all seen the airline shows where a frustrated customer is turned away from the check-in desk because they have forgotten their passport. These are now vital for travelling to any other country, even those in the EU including Ireland and France. Don’t be one of the fools you see on the TV, and sometimes at the airport. Check and check again that your passport is on you before you leave for the airport.
Travel insurance documents
When people are feeling the pinch, something like travel insurance can be the first to be ignored. However, if you do end up needing medical treatment whilst you are away, you could be left with a hefty bill from the GP or hospital afterwards. Travel insurance is a relatively low-cost essential which can save you a massive headache – it’s just not worth gambling on not getting any!
Your holiday clothes
Of course, the most exciting part of packing for your holiday is deciding which clothes you are going to bring, or even shopping for some new items to take with you. And it’s likely that you’ll want to look the part – make sure you have enough t-shirts, swimming shorts, as well as a couple of cool accessories like sunglasses from a brand like Oakley, or Havaiana flip flops (such as those found at http://www.flipflopandaway.co.uk/).
Protecting yourself is all too easy to forget when you’re in the drab, wet conditions of the UK, but forgetting sun cream when you go to warmer climes is not a clever idea. Many of us have fair skin which gets burnt easily in the strong sunlight. Because of the initial excitement of the holiday, we often forget about slapping it on before it’s too late. This can ruin our week away before it’s even begun, so bring some sunscreen and use it liberally!
Paper books are no longer cool, or practical. Instead, why not invest in an e-reader like a Kindle? This means you can take around literally thousands of books or magazines on one portable and lightweight device.