Booking a last minute holiday can be very exciting. One minute you are sitting at work with nothing but your regular timetable of events to look forward to, and the next you’ve discovered a bargain last minute break and booked the time to jet off on holiday to somewhere warm and sunny.
It’s guaranteed to put the shine on any day but once the initial excitement has worn off you’ve also got to think about the practicalities of the situation. Where are those suitcases? What do you need to take with you? Is everything that you’ll need washed and ironed? And you know you put your passport in a safe place, but can you remember where?
It’s easy to get into a panic when you know you’ve only got a day or two to make sure everything is ready to go, but the easiest way to get around this is to make a list of all the things you need to remember. That way you’ll be able to cross them off as you go along, enabling you to concentrate on the things you still have to do.
The first step is to work out how many days you will be away for, as this will allow you to ensure you have the right amount of essential items with you, such as underwear and toiletries to last the whole trip. Of course you can also buy toiletries wherever you go, but you should make sure you at least take enough for the first couple of days.
Next, do some research if necessary to see what the weather will be like wherever you are going. Depending on the type of holiday you’ve booked, you could be packing for tropical temperatures or sub-zero temperatures, so make sure you go prepared!
Think about the type of holiday you are taking as well, as this will influence what you need to take. If you are going on a beach holiday you will want to take plenty of beachwear and perhaps some snorkelling gear as well, whereas a city break would no doubt need comfy shoes to walk around in as you’re more likely to be doing a lot of sightseeing.
Don’t forget arrangements you’ll need to make at home as well, such as enlisting the help of a friend, relative or neighbour to look after your cat while you are away, or simply check on your house every now and again to make sure everything is okay and perhaps remove mail away from the door, if it is visible. We quite often get so caught up in what we need to organise for taking away with us that we forget essential tasks such as these.
Finally consider taking out travel insurance to cover you during your trip. This is essential if you want to have peace of mind during your last minute holiday that any potential holiday hazards are guarded against.