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What to do before going on Holiday

Leaving for a holiday run through the checklist to make sure you have covered everything and aren’t forgetting something important. Below, you’ll find the list to follow that will give you a better peace of mind while you’re getting ready to go.

Up to One Month Before

  • Go over your plans again to make sure there aren’t any missing details – have you booked all your hotelscar rentals, transfers and dinner reservations?
  • Call or email all tour companies to re-confirm excursions and double check times and pick up locations.
  • Give a copy of the first page of your passport to someone back home, along with your itinerary details. Keep a copy in your carry-on bag, separate from your actual passport, in case it gets lost.
  • Buy a travel guide and map for your destination. Read through and circle or highlight important information.
  • Research and pack the proper adapters for the country you’re going to.

Trafoodel TIP: Figure in buffer time. Don’t work right up until the minute you leave or arrive home the night before you return to work. Leave yourself a buffer on both ends. It’s a real relief to have an extra day before heading back to the office so you can ease back in, adjust from jet lag and do an advanced cleaning out of your email inbox before being slammed with work.

One Week Before

  • Contact credit and debit card companies to alert them of your plans, so they don’t lock your account.
  • Sign up online at USPS.com to have your mail held at the post office. Suspend paper delivery.
  • Download any entertainment you might want your tablet, computer or Kindle for the plane ride or beach reading.
  • Pay or schedule all bills that might be due while you’re away.
  • Clean out the refrigerator. There’s nothing worse than coming home to a smelly house.
  • Prepare meals that use up the last fresh food in your fridge.
  • Transfer money into your checking account. Sometimes money in a savings account can’t easily be accessed through an ATM.
  • Withdraw the cash you’ll need during your trip if staying in the country. You can also pre-calculate how much you might need in foreign cash, so you’re prepared to pull out money when you arrive.

Trafoodel TIP: The easiest and cheapest way to get cash in a foreign country is to use the ATM at the airport. Just be sure you’ve alerted your bank that you’ll be travelling overseas.

A Few Days Before

  • Arrange for someone to water your plants, take care of your pets, etc.
  • Begin to pack your bags, taking care, not to over pack. Everything should be packed and ready to go at least two days before you leave. This will give you time to remember any items you’ve left out or to rethink unnecessary items.
  • Print out all of your important travel documents, including flight, hotel and car confirmations, details for excursions, plus driving or walking directions you’ll need.
  • Clean the house and do the laundry so you’re not overwhelmed by it when you return.
  • If you live in a city with grocery delivery, order ahead for delivery the day you arrive home, so there will be food in the fridge.

One Day Before

  • Pack snacks and/or a sandwich for the plane ride.
  • Reconfirm your ride to the airport. Make sure you’ve left plenty of time so you’re not rushing and stressed about missing your flight.
  • Get a good night’s sleep.
  • Turn off all appliances.
  • Turn off or down heating or air conditioning.
  • Leave an away message on your work and home emails and phones.
  • Check in for your flight.
  • Print boarding passes, or use an online boarding pass on your phone.
  • Confirm that your seat assignments haven’t changed (i.e. make sure you’re still sitting together)
  • Take out the trash.
  • Try to turn off your phone and go unplugged at least 2 hours before you leave for the airport to avoid unnecessary distractions and stressors.

Trafoodel TIP: If you check in the moment it becomes available, you may be able to get better seats, or pay a small amount for premium seats — always double check the seating chart.

During Your holiday

  • First and foremost: Remind yourself that you’re on holiday. There will inevitably be things that go wrong, but you won’t let them ruin your mood because YOU’RE ON holiday!
  • Stay unplugged. Is there really any need to update your Facebook and Twitter every minute? If you must, keep it to 30 minutes per day.
    If you really need to have your smartphone with you, make sure it’s travel ready.
  • Out of sight, out of mind. If something is happening back home or in the office, there’s nothing you can do about it now, so don’t let home problems creep in and destroy your relaxation.
  • Save the best activity for last. You’ll be so busy looking forward to that last activity that you won’t have time to dread the going home part.

• If you suffer from jet lag click here to see tips on How to minimise Jet lag

• See the Trafiidel list of Carry-on Essentials click here