4 Must-Dos Before Your Summer Holiday

It’s that time of year (thank you!), but before you get too excited about turning on your 'out of office' there are certain things that need doing before the relaxation can begin. If you’re planning a summer getaway whether it’s a two-week beach trip or a long weekend away, it’s a good idea to be as organised as possible in the weeks leading to your holiday.

Here’s 4 top tips the Stackers team have found extremely useful when getting organised for a holiday:

1. Sort out your travel insurance

I know it’s not very exciting but it has to be done for peace of mind. Making sure you have the right insurance for your trip is so important. Even if you have annual travel insurance check you’ll be covered for all the activities you might be doing on this upcoming holiday. If possible, you should cover yourself as soon as you book your holiday, just in case anything happens to the company you’ve booked through.

Always be savvy when it comes to any type of insurance and shop around, this doesn’t have to take long. A simple search on comparison sites such as Money Supermarket or Go Compare can take just a few minutes!

2. Letting the right people know you’re going away

A task you can do as soon as you know the dates you’re going to be away is to let your bank know. If not, you could risk your cards being blocked by your bank.

If you have newspapers or milk delivered it will also be a good idea to let the companies know you'll be away as things left outside your house would be a clear indication you're away. Or if you're friendly with neighbours you could even ask them to kindly go in and collect post and check on the house every few days.

Your usual phone activities such as making and receiving calls and texts, internet browsing and downloading will cost far more while abroad. You can easily turn off data roaming on your phone settings and you can also ask your phone provider to turn off voicemails too as this can cost money.

However, if you want to use your phone abroad it's often cheaper to buy an international roaming package for while you're away or if you’re going for an extended period of time it’ll be a good idea to look at cheap sim packages for the country you’re visiting. These tend to come with pre-loaded data/minutes and can be a cost-effective way of staying in touch with loved ones while you’re away.

3. Holiday money

Even if you plan on using your card while abroad, it would be wise to get some local currency before you go. This is something that should be ticked off in advance too as leaving it to the last minute will result in having to pay the elevated exchange rates at the airport or bank fees if withdrawing it abroad.

There will usually also be a fee for using your card abroad so you might want to look into prepaid.

A couple of options that are loved by the Stackers team are Revolut or Monzo. Revolut is an app based card that allows you to transfer money for free and will also give you the best exchange rate when abroad. Monzo has revolutionised the way we can now manage our money. Not only does Monzo offer you free cash withdrawals and spending abroad but it can also help you budget and save when you're at home too.

4. Lists, lists and more lists

Once the formalities are done and dusted the fun can really start! As you may know the Stackers team love a checklist, especially a holiday checklist! Writing a packing list will ensure you have everything you need and will avoid that uncertain feeling on the way to the airport. It’s ok, we’ve all been there! Another type of list pet owners will be accustomed to is an in-depth letter to whoever has the special task of looking after your fur babies. Again, this is something that can be done well in advance. Include any special instructions for your pets as well vets and neighbours contact numbers just in case.

If like us you live by lists you'll love these organisational apps such as Google Tasks or Tripit, that can help you stay on top of daily life. Google Tasks is a free app and very simple to use, offering you the option to add tasks and due dates. Simple, straight forward, no-messing. If you're looking for an all encompassing app then Tripit is the one for you. This app allows you to forward everything holiday related to it so all your important travel details including itineraries, documents and booking information are all in one place. You can also use it as a place to upload holiday photos and notes on your favourite places.

And finally, relax and enjoy the exciting build up before you jet off!

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