Are you one to get your suitcase out weeks before you travel, put together outfits and head to the shops for some new holiday clothes? Or a last minute, chuck it in the bag and go kind of person?
Depending on the type of holiday you are going on, you may need a more considered approach - from a relaxing beach holiday, heading to the mountains for a skiing holiday or adventures in the jungle, your suitcase (and pre-travel paperwork and travel insurance) may need a little adjustments. Here's our top 10 tips on packing for your holiday.
1. Make a list
Jotting down everything you’ll need on your trip will keep you from forgetting essential items. Of course you don’t need to pack everything on the list - you can eliminate items later based on importance and remaining suitcase space.
2. Organise your holiday outfits
Do you have a tendancy to pack stuff "just in case"? Then you may need to get a little ruthless. Lay everything you’d like to bring with you out on the bed, and then put it into outfits for the day and evening. Once you have at least clothes for each day, you can add a bit more (if you have space)!
3. Pack in the right order
Place larger items in your suitcase first, including boots, shoes and essential bulky jumpers. Squeeze in mid-sized and smaller items on top. This will keep your suitcase balanced when moving round the airport.
4. Roll clothes instead of folding them
Not only does the rolling technique allow you to make the most of every nook and cranny in your suitcase - it also helps prevent creases from forming.
5. Toiletries and electricals
Save on space and weight with travel size toiletries are perfect for a few weeks holiday. Don't forget to charge all your electricals before you got and take the chargers with you! Back up and format the SD card before you go.
6. Paperwork and travel insurance
Its a good idea to take a printed copy of your flight details, hotel reservation and car hire details. Ensure you have your travel insurance policy document with you. We recommend having the travel insurance emergency number stored in your phone and written down. Pop all your travel paperwork into a folder, with passports for easy access should you need to get to it.
7. Going on an adventure?
Adventure holidays are increasingly popular, with many wanting to explore a new country by hiking, cycling or safari! Some of us love to head to the water for a spot of kayaking, sailing or deep sea fishing, while others seek the snow and explore on skis or a snowboard. It's important to check that your travel insurance covers you for summer and winter activities. Computerquote Travel Insurance offer over 100 activities as standard, with optional extra activity packs to choose from (page 13).
8. Travelling with children
If you're travelling with children, you'll no doubt be packing more clothing for all the family. It's important to remember to take their favourite toy, games, activity books and download any games / videos on the iPad for when the going gets tough! Don't forget hats, sunscreen and food if necessary.
9. Leave valuables at home
Avoid taking anything valuable or highly sentimental with you on holiday and keep it in a safe at home. However, if you decide take any valuables / expensive items with you, keep them with you in your hand luggage.
10. Check your suitcase weight limits
Check your flight carrier's maximum luggage allowance, and use a travel scale to ensure you are within your limit. Using the bathroom scales won't be accurate, but should give you a rough idea of how much it weighs... it's best to err on the side of caution.
Now that the packing is sorted, give yourself plenty of time to get to the station or airport - it’s one less thing to worry about, knowing that you’ve got time to spare. Relax and enjoy your holiday!
Call our travel insurance team on 0800 028 7056 or 023 9241 9066