Prepping for an upcoming holiday away can be stressful and feel disorganised at times, which is ironic considering that holidays are supposed to be a time for rest, fun, and relaxation. We’re all guilty at some point or another of underestimating just how much work is involved in holiday preparation; forgetting some essentials is almost always on the cards.
There are two main ways to avoid these holiday prep problems, either by making some progress early or by bypassing the problem completely. We’re going to go through some helpful ways you can do this and make sure you have a fantastic holiday experience without having to worry about forgetting important items or having to carry out inconvenient tasks.
Pack Most of Your Things Two Weeks Before
One major problem that many people fall into is not starting to pack early enough. It’s all too often the case that holidaymakers begin packing a night or two before they leave, this just increases the likelihood that you will forget to pack something important. Whether it’s your summer sandals for your week in Portugal or your favourite top for your long weekend in The Netherlands, there will always be something if you don’t do your due diligence.
Another great benefit of starting your packing early is that you can pack more strategically to save space and reduce weight. Jumping straight into packing a bag or suitcase the night before will see you including things you don’t actually need and not using your limited space optimally. Start early and you’ll notice what you could be doing better. There are even more advanced tips for saving space in your suitcase, a quick search around the web will make this clear.
Get Long-Lasting Cosmetic Treatments Before you Leave
Something many people, especially women, do not think about hard enough is the fact that they will still need to do everything they do at home every day/week to maintain their appearance. This can become even more important when you’re out of the country as you will want to look your best while you are travelling. There are a few different ways you can prevent yourself having to spend too much time primping yourself and instead giving yourself more time to spend enjoying yourself.
Shaving is something none of us can really be bothered spending time on while we’re off having fun, what if there was a way we wouldn’t have to do this? Consider booking in for a laser hair removal treatment at a cosmetic clinic so you can forget about razors during your holiday. Why not get a professional pedicure before you jet off? That way you won’t have to give your feet too much attention while you’re exploring a new country. These are just some ideas, there are plenty of other ways you can reduce the amount of time you’ll have to spend on your appearance on holiday.
Sort Your Finances Out Well Before You Fly Off
Money is always on the mind, sometimes even more so when we’re about to go off on a holiday for some fun and relaxation. With that in mind, there’s plenty to prepare and sort out before leaving the country if you want to make sure you don’t run into any problems paying for things. Unfortunately, it’s not always as simple as just converting some money into a foreign currency when you arrive.
Firstly, you should always let your bank know what dates you plan to be out of the country on and what your destination is – that way they are less likely to put a block on your card when it’s used abroad.
Another aspect to take care of is changing your hard-earned local currency into, Euros, Dollars, Pesos, or whatever currency you’re going to need. Because exchange rates differ wildly day to day, we recommend converting half your spending money right now, then the other half when you arrive – in this way you’ll get the benefit, or fewer costs, depending on what direction the conversion rate goes.
We hope this pre-holiday prep guide has helped you get set for your time away with less stress and worry.