Holiday Tips

Thanks to everyone who gave their holiday tips this month. There are some great tips which are bound to make us more organised on our next trip!

Miscellaneous:

  • Photocopy bank cards – E111 – Passport – holiday insurance docs etc and keep separately from originals – just case!
  • Keep E111 with your passport
  • Save free samples from magazines, cosmetic counters etc to put in your luggage – saves in weight and volume and nothing to bring home – also if flying ‘budget’ airline may mean can go hand luggage only
  • Tell friends and family you’re going away a day earlier than you actually are – gives you more time to get ready as people don’t expect you to be around!!!
  • Take dioralite with you – good for sunstroke, dehydration as well as tummy trouble etc
  • Recommend refillable soft squeeze bottles from Lakeland for decanting shampoos and shower gels etc
  • If reliant on medication – take extra in your hand luggage and extra than you think you’ll need for the holiday – just in case of delays in travelling and in your holiday
  • If taking electrical equipment remember to pack chargers and foreign-country adaptors
  • Cut any useful pages from your guidebook so you don’t carry heavy book around (perhaps ask hotel to photocopy page(s))
  • if self catering take sharp knife and frying pan – frying pans often have flaking teflon coating.
  • Any money left over from your travels? Put it in a marked envelope and keep with passport for future trips
  • Use a combination of ginger and B6 tablets to help keep travel sickness under control
  • baby wipes in the glove box for everything
  • Lidl big greek yogurt tub with lid – great as an emergency sick bucket

Packing:

  • Pack jewellery in your evening bag, then it’s easy to locate when you unpack
  • fill shoes with belongings (socks and knicker are good for this) – saves space and keeps your shoes in shape
  • when packing leave jacket/shirt sleeves/skirts/trouser legs hanging out – put crease resistant items in last. When finished or case is full (whichever comes first) flip all together or fold one at a time into the case – nothing is folded so shouldn’t get creased. Pack shoes around the outer edges
  • Put any squishable liquid bottles in a ziplock bag to prevent any leakages spoiling your suitcase/clothes
  • Don’t let your husband pack

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Hand-Luggage / OnBoard

  • Pack snacks for children incase of flight delays
  • Take deo-wipes, toothbrush and change of underwear in your handluggage in case of delays.
  • If reliant on medication – take extra in your hand luggage and extra than you think you’ll need for the holiday – just in case of delays in travelling and in your holiday
  • Pack change of undies incase cases are lost/delayed

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Security:

  • Never put full address on luggage (out going) just house no & postcode
  • Ask a neighbour to keep an eye on the house while away
  • Set lights on timers
  • Put valuables and passports etc in hotel safe
  • Take a small wallet when you go out with ID, a credit card and cash – if it does get stolen not everything gets taken

Suitcases:

  • Tie a ribbon or something obvious, eg childs foam bath letter tied on with cable-tie, onto your suitcase(s) so you can easily recognise it

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