The countdown to summer is on. A trip abroad is a highlight that propels you through those long, hot days of work for weeks beforehand. When it’s boiling hot outside because there’s a freak heatwave, and your work pile seems to be growing by the day, the thought of getting on that plane and flying away for a week or two of fun in the sun keeps you going. If you’re preparing to visit exotic climes in the next few weeks, you may want to start a holiday checklist – use these basic tips to get the ball rolling. 

Packing and planning

You’ll already be thinking about what you need to buy and what you want to take with you. It’s good to be organised. Write a list now of any items you need to buy before you go away. Don’t forget essentials like adapters, and order your currency in advance if you’re going to a country that doesn’t use dollars or euros. Work your way through your list as you approach the big day to avoid last-minute panics, and check your luggage allowance. The last thing anyone wants is to get to the desk and find out they’ve got to fork out £50 for a heavy bag. Try booking package holidays – they take care of everything, but if you’ve booked separate hotels and flights, it’s a good idea to add transfers, luggage, and car hire before you go. 

Keeping your home safe

Did you know that summer is one of the worst times of year when it comes to burglary statistics? Make sure that you cancel any deliveries that are due and ask the neighbours or a friend to pop in and collect the post  from time to time. If you’re worried about your home being broken into before you go, consider swapping any old or damaged locks with a yale cylinder lock, and make sure all the windows are locked. 

Getting to the airport

It can take a while to get through security these days, so give yourself plenty of time at the airport. Book a taxi or ask for a lift well in advance of the flight time. It’s easy enough to do it on an app these days – there is no excuse! Make sure your phone is fully charged and maybe grab an external charger so you can load up your boarding pass or anything important!

Sarah x