Holiday preparations – What you need to do before flying off

Plane mid-flight

Plane mid-flight

It is easy to get excited by the idea of heading off somewhere on holiday but do you always remember to do everything you need to do before leaving home? Maybe you are prone to forgetting some of the little tasks which could make your trip even more enjoyable? Use what follows as a checklist to get the basics ticked off.

Pack Well

It is amazing how badly some people pack. This is probably because they simply don’t spend enough time thinking about it. You need to think about things like the type of clothing you will need, the accessories which you can’t live without and some sort of entertainment for those hours lying on the beach or waiting in the airport. Remember to leave a space for bringing home gifts and souvenirs. Learn out to pack light.

Do Some Research

These days it is easy to go online and find out about your destination. You can check out the best hotels and the best restaurants and even look at a map of the place if you want to. There is now no excuse for going abroad and not having a clue how best to spend your time. You might even want to download some smart phone apps which you can use to get around once you are there. Here are top 5 apps for holidays.

Leave the House Safe and Sound

It can be a real temptation to rush away from your house so quickly that you leave it unprotected against the possibility of burglars or an accident. You don’t want to suddenly realise once you are on the plane that you left a window open or left the oven on. It makes sense to spend a bit of time wandering around the property for some final checks before you leave. If you have a neighbour you can trust then you could ask them to look after the property while you are away. Otherwise, you might want to invest in some timer switches so that your lights go on and off even when the house is empty. I once decided to switch off my fridge and freezer because I emptied them prior to going on holiday. It was only when I was on the road that I remembered that the freezer would defrost and leak all over the floor. Fortunately, I was not too far away to come back.

Recommended: learn the Language

One of the best ways to get more out of your holiday is by learning some of the language. You might find that this ends up becoming an interesting hobby for you even once you get back home again. It is now easy to do this with the help of a native speaker. For example, for great French lessons, Edinburgh is somewhere which offers you more options than you might think. The same applies to other languages and other UK cities. If you want to pick up some Spanish or learn German, London is one of many options across the land.

What say you?