An essential summer holiday checklist

Posted by Eleanor Armstrong on

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If, unlike me, you are yet to take your summer holiday then you may soon be thinking about packing your bags and heading off to the sunshine.

Wise choice if you are as it seems that wall to wall sunshine may be confined to one week at the end of July as far as the British summer is concerned.

While most people's main concern is replenishing their wardrobe before their summer holiday, there are a number of things which should not be overlooked as you make plans to travel abroad this summer.  Yes looking good and ensuring your beach wear is on trend is important but you should also not travel before ticking off some other essentials on my holiday checklist:-

  1. Buy good, comprehensive travel insurance.  This is easy to do, right up to the day of departure.  And it could save you a lot of money if things go wrong and you need to make a claim following an accident, illness or injury abroad.  In fact, your travel policy can provide cover for all manner of travel calamities from lost baggage to delayed departure.  Do not skimp and check the small print.  Be aware that you may not be covered if you need to claim as a result of dangerous activities or due to excess alcohol consumption.
  2. Make sure you have an up to date EHIC (European Health Insurance Card).  Do not fall for scam websites offering the EHIC at a premium - the card is free of charge.  Any person who is ordinarily resident in the UK, and is of British, other EU/EEA or Swiss nationality is entitled to an EHIC.  It will not cover all medical expenses if you are hospitalised abroad but should ensure you get the same treatment that is provided to nationals in another Member State.  It is no replacement for travel insurance.  Follow this link for more info.
  3. Make a note of where you are staying and your travel plans/ itinerary so you can leave this with a friend or relative back at home. You may want to consider registering with the FCO's LOCATE service.
  4. Check the Know Before You Go website for information and travel advice on your destination country.  This website has all the information you should need for a safe and hassle free trip abroad this summer.  The FCO also provides advice on visa and immigration requirements.  For example, if you are going to the USA do not forget to renew or apply for the ESTA.
  5. After you have dealt with all the dull but nevertheless essential paperwork you can dust off your suitcase, hit the high street for some pre-holiday shopping and head off to enjoy your summer holiday safe in the knowledge that should things go wrong while you are travelling abroad you have done all you can to minimise the impact and ensure you have the protection you need to deal with the drama.

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Eleanor is a Senior Associate in our Travel team. Eleanor has a degree in Translating and Interpreting (German/Spanish) and is also fluent in French.

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