Oh I love going on holiday and I have the crazy habit of planning and day-dreaming about it as soon as it’s booked. This way, I can make sure that our week off doesn’t get ruined by pre-holiday stress and arguments. I mean, can you think of anything worse than hectic and confrontation when all you should be doing is looking forward to spending quality time with your loved ones? The key to successful holiday planning is a detailed checklist that you can work through in the week(s) leading up to your holidays and this is how mine looks like (minus the sunhat):
1. Make sure that travel documents, your driving license and passports are up to date:
You might not believe it, but I managed to get from Germany to Hungary via Austria with an invalid passport. I only noticed when my ex-boyfriend and I made our way towards the Hungarian border and I started joking “Wouldn’t it be funny, if we get to the border and our passports were invalid?”. After a quick look at the dates, the idea suddenly wasn’t that funny anymore, but I was lucky and nobody paid attention to the date on my passport. Phew!
2. Write down important telephone numbers:
If you go abroad make sure to write down the telephone numbers of your travel insurance provider, the British Consular Assistance Team as well as local emergency numbers – 112 for all EU countries. Also, don’t forget to note numbers of family or friends at home, in case you are in an emergency and authorities have to contact your next of kin.
3. Order your shopping for your return:
There’s nothing more annoying than coming home from your holiday and being greeted by an empty fridge. Before you leave, order your shopping for the day of your return, so you don’t have to venture to a crowded supermarket with unfriendly cashiers and broken trollies. Don’t worry about your milk though, your Cravendale milk will last 21 days unopened.
4. Use up all your groceries:
I think this one is self-explanatory. Before you leave for your time in the sun, consume everything that can go off. Scrubbing fungi and bacteria off the inside of your fridge is not what you want to do when you come pack home.
5. Clear bins and laundry baskets
They can create a life of their own when left for a week or two and if you don’t want to start scrubbing and spraying odour eaters, make sure they are empty before you leave. Also, you’ll bring enough dirty laundry back with you, so empty your laundry baskets before your trip. You don’t want to be washing dirty knickers for three days in a row.
6. Day-dream about cocktails on the beach
Or plan days out with your family. Collect information about local sights and things to do near your holiday destination. It saves valuable time on location and helps you all to get into the mood for your holiday. You can also get the kids involved and let them write a wishlist, so you won’t have to put up with them moaning once you’ve reached your destination.
7. Pack your suitcase
And don’t forget to check your luggage allowance, if you are flying. I have also written a blog post about flying with a baby, so have a quick read for some top tips, if you are unsure what to expect. Pack clothes as needed and some spares for the kiddies and make sure to pack cameras, phones, iPad and the necessary chargers.
8. Set your V+, Tivo or Sky+ box
It might not seem that important, but I have to admit to being a massive Big Brother addict. I cannot under any circumstances miss out on the housemates’ arguments, nominations and evictions, so I always make sure that my favourite programs are recorded.
9. Think about your pets and plants
While you are enjoying your holidays, don’t forget about your furry friends staying at home. Ask a friend or neighbour to feed them and give them a cuddle when you aren’t there. While they are looking after your pet, they could also go around with the watering can and save your plants from dehydration, so don’t forget to .
10. Check, if you need any vaccinations
You should be alright across Europe, but double-check with your GP at least one month in advance, if you need any special vaccinations for your particular destination.
This is my entry for the Come Home to a Cuppa Linky Challenge, sponsored by Cravendale. Enjoy your holidays!