A list of tips from super organised TravelCard employees. Just tick them off your list and get on to enjoying your holiday.
I have to admit to being officiously organised before a holiday, I often need a holiday from planning my holiday. Over the years I have created some lists (more than a few) that help me feel I have everything covered so when I wheel my bag out my front door I can leave it all behind knowing I have everything wrapped up.
1. FIRST THING FIRST
First and foremost for me, it’s the pets. If they can’t come with us, I need to be sure they are happily taken care of. My old dear cat doesn’t take well to being left in a new location, so I try and secure a housesitter/petsitter, who thankfully is usually family or friend. For those of you not so lucky to have someone available to help out, ask around for a trusted recommendation. Someone who sends photo updates of the pets is a must!
Once the animals are organised its time for me to be organised. The housesitter has a list with pet instructions – vet details, pet insurance details, feeding times, waking times, walking times, quirky habits … well I love my pets. Then I also have a list of details for the house insurance details, electrician, plumber, neighbours contact details, account numbers and suppliers for water, gas, electricity. This seems like a lot of work from a crazy person at this point, but I promise once it’s done you just need to tweak any updates in the future and it will allow you to travel knowing your housesitter can take care of anything that goes wrong why you are away.
3. DON’T FORGET
If you don’t have anyone staying at your home while you are away, arrange for mail to be picked up by someone reliable or hold your mail at the post office while you are gone. Think about turning off your electricity and water if you don’t need them while away. It may save you from returning to a flooded apartment or electric blowout.
4. MORE LISTS
Find a great packing list, or create your own. It is often easy to find country-specific packing lists online or at least holiday type packing lists. Obviously, a list for a beach holiday is vastly different to a snow holiday, but you will still need many of the same basic things. I have a list with days where you can highlight whole outfits if it’s an adult or business trip. If you are travelling with kids my list involves 5 x t-shirts, 3 x pants etc. Keep in mind if you have access to washing facilities while you are away, if you can wash and hang out in your room or if you need daily outfits. But do you need to take your own washing powder if anyone has allergies?
5. SAFETY ADVICE
Check the Government travel site for advice on safety, visas, vaccinations and scams that are well known in your destination. Register on the website so the Government can get in touch in case of disaster.
It may seem a lot of work for a holiday, and maybe you’d rather just thrown in some undies, clothes and a toothbrush, whatever works for you! Some of us are planners some of us like to wing it. Just do what helps you leave it all behind and enjoy your next holidays.