Everyone has been there at least once in their life. Their friend on a night out or over coffee explains how much they need a holiday. You agree, and before you know it you’re both searching through https://www.loveitbookit.com, and booking flights to the best (but cheapest) beach hotel you can find. However, switching your mind from work mode to holiday mode can be a little difficult until you lay down on the sand, or dip your toes in the sea. Packing in a rush can lead to forgetting things, and before you know it, you’re without a charger or your toothbrush or throwing away liquids at the airport as they’re all over 100ml and you only brought hand luggage. Here is a checklist to help you get organised in a short amount of time, to ensure you can enjoy your holiday without any toiletry and misplaced passport mishaps.
First things first, get your carry on and place your passport ready inside. Everyone seems to believe they know exactly where they placed their passport last – however, when it comes to actually needing it, that place tends to be missing said passport and the panic sets in. It is extremely important not to panic – start with looking in all the obvious places. Your travel wallet, your filing system for important documents, bags you usually travel with, suitcases etc. If it is still nowhere to be found, have a “find the passport” night with some of your closest friends and a bottle of wine. Go through each room, and the person to find it doesn’t have to pay for pizza – an effective and popular incentive!
Check-In and Travel Documents
Depending on your choice of transport, you may be able to check-in in advance. Many flights have the option for online check-in up to 30 days before you fly – and if this really is a last minute trip, you’ll be able to check in straight after booking, so long as you have your passport like previously mentioned. You will also need to print off your boarding passes and place them with your passport in your carry on ready to go.
Depending on where you are traveling, some currency exchange companies will need to order certain types of currency in. It is a good idea to exchange your money before you travel, as many airports may have a highly inflated exchange rate, meaning you won’t have gotten as a good a deal as elsewhere. There are also quite long queues in the airport waiting for exchange – would you rather be standing in a queue or heading to the beach? Getting your currency before you travel will save you both time and money.
Regardless of how far and for how long you will be travelling, it is important to purchase some travel insurance just to be safe. You don’t want to be relaxing in the sun all day, only to realise you’ve had a little too much sun and received a case of sunstroke with no insurance to help you recover. You can get most travel insurance policies at any time before you travel, so booking last minute is no excuse for zero insurance.
If you are traveling out of the UK to America or Europe, or vice versa, you will need a travel plug to adapt your electrical appliances to go with you. A trick that is extremely useful is to take a single adaptor, and then take an extension cord. That way you don’t have to pay out for and pack multiple plug adaptors – that could be forgotten about and left behind!
Carry On or Hold?
This may have been decided when you booked your flight, however, you can always add hold luggage if you change your mind about just having carry on. Make sure you create a checklist for all of your must-have cosmetics, toiletries, fashion items etc. Everyone’s will be different, but you’ll definitely need underwear, sleepwear, toothbrush, climate appropriate clothing and swimwear. If you are only taking carry on luggage, make sure it is cabin size appropriate, and you don’t accidentally pack any tweezers or nail scissors – as this will be flagged by airport security. Ensure all your liquids are under 100ml or you will have to throw them away and be wasting money.
Hopefully, this list has given you some important tips on how to plan for your spontaneous travels. Just be sure to be thorough, and you won’t be disappointed when you arrive at your destination for some much-needed relaxation or adventure.