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Already thinking about this years holiday? With the festive season well and truly behind us, it’s time to start looking to the new year ahead and filling it with lots of fun, laughter and memory making opportunities. If you’ve already got a holiday in mind, a new destination or an annual pilgrimage to a particular resort then there’s certainly plenty to organise and arrange before you step foot on the plane. Unsure of what you need to remember? Don’t worry – this checklist of 4 things to do before you travel has got you covered.
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Get your insurance sorted
Your travel insurance is just as important as booking the flights. So make sure you get it arranged in good time. From a basic policy to united healthcare and pre-existing conditions, if everyone is covered then you can really kick back and relax on your holiday. A good travel insurance policy will ensure that if your luggage is lost or damaged, if your flight is cancelled or delayed or there’s a problem with your holiday provider then you’ll be covered. The same applies for your medical travel insurance – so if you fall ill, you have an accident or need to be flown back to the UK in an emergency, you’ll be fine. Your insurance is just as important as your passport. Speaking of passports…
Make sure they’re all in date
Imagine getting all the way to the airport only to discover that your passport, or a member of your party’s passport is out of date. Nightmare! The best way to avoid this is to check your passports expiry dates in good time! It’s also worth noting that some destinations – such as United Arab Emirates, Turkey and others require passports to have a minimum of 6 months of validation on them. So double check before you fly!
Securing your home
The horror of coming home from holiday to a burglary is something no one wants to experience. So, you need to take steps in order to prevent it from happening. Take your time to do this, a quick check of all the doors before you leave really isn’t good enough. Especially since so many home insurance policies can be deemed invalid if you’ve had a break in whilst on holiday and your home wasn’t fully secured.
Make sure that all door and window locks are secure and working correctly. If you have security lighting then make sure it is in working order. Or you could install some lights yourself. Let a trusted neighbour know that you’re going away, and they can keep an eye on your property for you.
Keep your documents together
If there’s a lot of you flying out together then make sure that all passports, visas, boarding passes, drivers licenses are all in a folder and easily accessed. There’s nothing worse than pulling out your underwear from your case in the middle of the airport while you try and find your boarding pass! Now is the time to get organised.
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