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Holiday Abroad Checklist

When you are going on holiday abroad planning is essential, without adequate planning you might forget some essential items, or forget to do important things, which could end up disrupting or even ruining your holiday completely.

The best thing you can do to avoid forgetting something important is to make a holiday abroad checklist that lists everything you need to do and pack.

This needs to be detailed and well thought out to avoid anything being missed off.

This in itself can take plenty of time, therefore to help we have created a checklist for you. Our checklist can be printed off and used in the lead up to your holiday, you can also add to this list if you need to.

You can download the checklist from here – Download holiday abroad checklist PDF

In the months leading up to your holiday:

  • Check that your passport is valid
  • Make sure you have valid holiday insurance
  • Arrange car hire if you need it
  • Arrange airport parking if you need it
  • Make sure you have any vaccinations you need
  • Apply for any Visa’s you and your family require

Holiday essentials to pack:

  • Passport
  • Flight Tickets
  • Other Tickets
  • Visas
  • Currency
  • Travellers Cheques
  • Holiday home keys
  • Holiday Address
  • Directions
  • Copies of paperwork and property details
  • Airport parking ticket
  • Itinerary
  • Sports licences/documentation

Safety & Personal essentials to pack:

  • Holiday Insurance documentation
  • Credit cards
  • EHIC Card (European Health Insurance Card)
  • Contact Numbers
  • Driving Licence
  • Other ID
  • Personal house/car keys
  • Car breakdown policy
  • Photocopies of Passport/Insurance

Personal items to pack:

  • Mobile Phone and charger
  • Entertainment
  • Glasses/contact lenses/hearing aid
  • Medication

Clothes to pack:

  • Shorts or skirts
  • T Shirts
  • Evening shirts/tops
  • Evening skirts/trousers
  • Casual and evening Jeans
  • Dresses
  • Jumpers/sweatshirts
  • Underwear
  • Vests
  • Socks
  • Tights/stockings
  • Swimwear
  • Sarong
  • Formal wear if required
  • Nightwear
  • Dressing gown
  • Slippers
  • Shoes
  • Sandals/flip flops
  • Trainers
  • Walking boots if required
  • Coat/Jacket
  • Waterproof clothing if required
  • Thermal underwear if required
  • Specialist Sports Clothes/Shoes/Boots if required

Accessories:

  • Watch
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat (either sun hat or woolly)
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Belt
  • Handbags
  • Jewellery

Linen:

  • Towels
  • Beach towels

Baby Related:

  • Travel cot
  • Highchair
  • Pushchair
  • Baby carrier
  • Car seat or booster seat
  • Baby clothes
  • Disposable nappies, baby wipes and nappy bags
  • Changing mat
  • Changing bag
  • Baby toiletries
  • Bottles and dummies
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Powdered milk
  • Baby food
  • Plastic plate/bowl/mug
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Bedding
  • Monitor
  • Story books
  • Toys

Medical Related:

  • Glasses and case
  • Contact lenses and fluid
  • Hearing aid and batteries
  • False teeth
  • Prescribed medicines
  • Insulin kit
  • Inhaler/Nebuliser
  • Condoms
  • Contraceptive pill
  • Travel sickness pills
  • Painkillers
  • Indigestion pills
  • Hay fever tablets
  • Anti-histamine tablets and cream
  • Diarrhoea medicine
  • Vitamins
  • Antiseptic cream/liquid
  • Vaseline
  • Waterproof plasters
  • Insect repellent
  • Mosquito net
  • First Aid Kit
  • Safety pins

Toiletries:

  • Suntan lotion
  • After sun lotion
  • Lip protector/balm
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Hair products
  • Soap
  • Bath/shower products
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Aftershave
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Dental products
  • Moisturiser
  • Perfume
  • Tissues
  • Female hygiene products/tampons
  • Sponge
  • Flannels
  • Wet wipes
  • Wash Bag

Beauty related:

  • Make-up and brushes
  • Nail varnish
  • Hairbrush and comb
  • Hairdryer
  • Hair Straighteners and/or curling tongs
  • Hair accessories
  • Travel Mirror
  • Manicure set or nail File, emery board, scissors and clippers
  • Tweezers

Electrical items you might wish to take:

  • Camera, include film
  • Camcorder and tripod
  • Mobile phone and charger
  • Phone card
  • Plug adaptors
  • Travel Iron
  • Travel Kettle
  • CD player/radio/ MP3 player/mini disc player/cassette player
  • Personal CD Player
  • CDs/tapes/mini discs
  • Headphones
  • Personal computer game console and games
  • Memory Card or memory stick
  • Laptop or netbook
  • Electronic currency converter
  • Electronic translator

For the flight:

  • Support socks
  • Travel pillow
  • Ear plugs
  • Eye mask
  • Boiled sweets
  • Reading material
  • Travel games

Beach items (if you have room in your luggage):

  • Windbreak
  • Bucket and spade
  • Sports equipment
  • Wet suit
  • Beach mats
  • Lilo
  • Inflatable boat
  • Snorkel
  • Goggles
  • Flippers
  • Face mask
  • Surf/Body board
  • Arm bands
  • Frisbee
  • Kite
  • Picnic blanket
  • Picnic box
  • Beach bag
  • Folding chairs
  • Cool box
  • Ice packs
  • Thermos flask

Pet Related, if you are taking your pet:

  • Dog lead
  • Cat basket
  • Dog bed/blanket
  • Dog food
  • Toys
  • Pet

Motor related, if are hiring a car:

  • Emergency triangle
  • Car jack
  • GB sticker
  • Yellow headlights
  • Map

Miscellaneous:

  • Travel Alarm Clock
  • Torch
  • Handheld fan
  • Batteries
  • Pen and paper
  • Playing Cards
  • Board Games
  • Books and magazines
  • Guide and phrase books
  • Map
  • Travel belt
  • Addresses list
  • Diary, notebook or personal organiser
  • Sketch book
  • Drawing/writing equipment
  • Sewing kit
  • Padlock and keys for luggage
  • Luggage strap locks
  • Binoculars
  • Water bottle
  • Hip flask
  • Compass
  • Umbrella
  • Walking Stick
  • Wheelchair
  • Crutches

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