Getting everything sorted for your holiday can be harder said than done. You have a million things to do so that the trip runs smoothly for you and your family. Here are some holiday essentials that you can’t leave till the last minute.
Booking airport parking
One thing you can’t leave till the last minute is sorting out airport parking so that you have somewhere for your car to go when you get to the airport. You will get a cheaper deal if you book something a few months before rather than waiting till the week before. A lot of hotels nearby the airport do a deal where you can stay overnight and have parking there for the week or two while you are away. Make sure once you have booked you plan the route to the airport, and other routes in case of traffic disruption or road closures.
Sorting out new passports and visas
Another thing you don’t want to sort out at the last minute is new passports for your family members. You need to make sure all your passports are in date and have at least six months left on them if you want to travel outside the UK. You should be ordering new passports at least five months before so they have plenty of time to send you the new ones. You should also check if you need a visa to travel to your destination. When you are going to the USA, you will need a visa which you can get from the Official ESTA website.
Exchanging your money
You should also not be leaving till the last minute exchanging your money to the destination’s currency. You should be checking on a daily basis the current exchange rate so you know when it’s the best time to get it. You can compare rates online so you know where the best place to exchange is. As it says here, research has found if you leave it till the airport, you will get the worse exchange rate going.
Sorting out child-friendly accommodation
Another thing you shouldn’t be leaving till the last minute is sorting out some great child-friendly accommodation. Once you have booked your flights, you need to have a look at the best places where you can all stay for the holiday. You can find out on their websites which have the best on-site facilities for the kids. You can also check reviews to make sure other families have had a good time there before you book. Don’t leave it till the last minute, as you might end up with a terrible accommodation which could spoil the trip.
Packing your belongings
You should also make sure you pack your belongings sooner rather than later. Make a list of everything you will need to pack in them before you begin. Then you can mark off the items as you pack them. You will then know if you need to go out and buy more stuff if something is missing. If you leave it till the day before, you won’t have time to go and get any extra items.
Hopefully, by following the above, you will have a fantastic holiday away with the family.