Just as summer is the time to move so is the time to go on a holiday as well. Yes! Finally it is summer and you have planned your perfect holiday to escape from the hassle of the big city, relax and enjoy some free time with your closest people. Once you begin to work and make a career not so much time is available for you to spend with your family – whether that’d be just a partner or a partner and children. Packing for the holidays is your task, part of the preparation for your holiday, so you engage in with a lot of excitement from the expectation of a few days of a break and relax you fully deserve. Wondering what to do and where to start? Here are our packing tips for the holidays.
Packing for the Holidays List
In the preparation of your packing for a holiday list here are the basic packing lists and tips you will need:
Packing for a Holiday – Essentials List
- Visa and passport.
- Your ID.
- Travel documents – airline tickets, bus tickets and so on.
- Confirmations for reservation of hotel and/ or rental car or vouchers.
- Toiletries (shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothpaste and brush, make-up and make-up removal lotion, shaver and shaving cream, cotton buds, hair brush and deodorant).
- You can also buy travel packs of shampoo and other toiletries or fill up small bottles with the liquids that you need in order to save space in your luggage. Close the caps tight and place the liquids in re-sealable backs in order to avoid leaking.
- Clothes that are appropriate for the climate. Even if you are going to a warm location take a light jacket or a cardigan in case it gets cool in the evening. Don’t forget about swimsuits, at least one piece of official clothing and flip-flops.
- iPod and headphones.
- You can also take your laptop to keep up with your e-mails from friends or post newly made pictures online.
- Medicines – if you are taking any.
- Sun block and mosquito repellent.
- Reading glasses or contact lenses.
Packing for a Holiday with a Baby – List and Tips
- Travel cot.
- Baby car seat.
- Clothes and nappies.
- Baby products.
- Baby food and plastic plate, bowl and cutlery.
When packing for a holiday with baby take a lot of toys for your baby or small child. You can reserve in advance a hotel that offers animation for children or has a sitter provided for babies while you can spend some time and relax with your partner only. In this way your baby or small child will be safe and enjoying himself as well.
Packing for a Holiday Abroad
- Take your passport.
- Prepare your visa.
- Find out what are the restrictions for your luggage for entering the particular country.
- Prepare your camera and batteries.
- Find out the emergency numbers of ambulance, police and fire brigade and put them on a safe place – for example with your documentation.
- Research on the most convenient and/ or cheapest way to get there and be informed of the options you have. Buy tickets early – if you are flying there.
- Engage a sitter for your children if they are not coming with you or take them to a visit to their grandparents. Leave addresses and phones for contact with the person who will be taking care of your kids.
- Money – dollars and some local currency (check what are the prices of services, drinks and food and take enough for the time you’ll be staying there).
Packing for a Holiday Tips
- Check the climate and prepare the appropriate clothes.
- If you wish to try something different like diving see if it is offered and reserve your place in time – until you get to the point physically the group may be full so book your place in advance if possible.
- Explore the local cuisine – this is how you will be prepared when you arrive to taste only things that you are sure will match your taste (for example, if you don’t like chilly food).
- Learn the habits of the people in that country – this is how some gestures or behavior will not surprise you. Italians gesticulate a lot when they speak, Moroccan men may light your cigarette while it is in their mouth and then give it to you – considered a great expression of honor on their behalf, men in Latin America may be very emotional when they express their opinion (it is considered to be very manlike if a man openly shows what he feels) and so on.
- Explore the local ways and prohibitions: in Turkey it is illegal to offend the country, in some regions of Canada there are breeds of dogs that are forbidden: for example Pit Bulls are not allowed in the region of Ontario.
- Before you take photos make sure you are allowed to do so and there are no restrictions: it may be forbidden to take pictures in a museum with the flash on.
- You can also find a map of the area you will be visiting online and plan to see interesting places, museums, castles, etc.
- Have fun!
Tips for Packing for a Holiday – Before You Leave
- You can place your valuables in a safe.
- Make sure all appliances are off.
- Dispose of any left food that will perish before you come back home.
- Take the in house plants to a neighbor who can water them while you’re away.
- Take your pet to a pet hotel or to a friend/ relative if you are not going to take the animal on your holiday.
- Leave the blinds down and windows closed.
- Lock all doors.
- Park your car in the garage. If you are traveling with you car you may decide to pack a trailer as well. You can learn more about loading and driving a trailer by clicking here.
- Leave the stress behind and take your good mood!
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