You know what they say about most things, ‘if you fail to prepare, then prepare to fail’ – and planning your summer holiday is no exception to the rule.
Before you set off on your next trip abroad, try not to get too distracted by sun hats and swimwear, and instead take some time to think practically, do your research and make a checklist of everything you might need ahead of catching your flight to ensure you have a fuss free journey with a relaxing break to follow.
Here is a list of five things to consider before going on your next holiday.
Sort your transport to and from the airport
Imagine your bags are packed and you’re about to leave the house when you suddenly realise you’ve forgotten to organise transport to the airport. You jump into your car and put the key into the ignition as a last resort, only to realise you haven’t actually organised any parking at the other end. Panic sets in. You wonder how you will make it on time. Avoid this sort of stress by planning well in advance.
With plenty of ways to travel, including train (which can be a bit cramped) and bus (not always running at the times you need them to), it can be hard to know which option is best for you, but arguably the most comfortable, convenient and cheapest way to travel is by driving your own car, which you can conveniently pick up again when you land. Most UK airports offer parking facilities, much like the airport parking at Manchester airport, which offers no hidden charges and guaranteed spaces, so opt for driving yourself, particularly if your flight is very early in the morning or late at night when public transport is sparse and can be difficult to organise. If you are jetting off on your next holiday from the Rainy City, check airport parking at Manchester Airport to ensure a fuss free start and end to your trip, wherever you are off to. Have a good one!
Passports and boarding passes
It seems obvious, but you wouldn’t believe how many holidaymakers forget their return ticket to sun, sea and sand each year, with some ending up missing their flight, so make sure you pack your passport and boarding pass the night before.
It can be a good idea to invest in a travel pouch, where you can keep everything safely in one place. Alternatively, use the power of technology and download your boarding pass onto your phone – there’s no chance you’ll be leaving the house without that in a hurry.
Okay, so you want to bring straighteners, six pairs of shoes and twenty different outfits on a seven day holiday. But are you really going to need them all? Make sure you weigh your luggage before setting off to the airport to avoid extra charges on arrival and always leave a little extra space for those souvenirs, gifts, and keepsakes you’ll inevitably bring back with you on the way home.
Although it is much easier to make cash withdrawals abroad these days, it is always a good idea to change up some money in advance so you have a little stash on arrival. Do try to avoid changing up your money at the airport, though, as you are likely to incur lots of extra charges. The Post Office and Marks & Spencer are great alternatives to this.
Pack Your SPF
Once you have the admin aspect of your trip sussed, you can start to think ahead to your holiday, but having fun in the sun comes at a cost – and the most important item to remember to pack in your suitcase is sun cream. Invest in a good quality cream with a high SPF, and don’t forget – they each have an expiry date, so don’t just chuck the one you have leftover from last year into the bag. Invest in some more to avoid sun damage and pink limbs!
So there we have it. Five very important things to consider before heading off on your next trip.