Top Tips For Preparing For A Holiday

I can’t believe this time last year we were making the final touches for our third Walt Disney World holiday. Part of me wishes we were going again this Summer, but at least I know that we do have a trip booked even if I have to wait a little longer before we go.

One of my biggest tips for preparing for a holiday is to keep everything together. I have a folder that I use to collate all our paperwork and lists to make sure we don’t forget anything. Can you imagine!

preparing for a holiday


Holiday Insurance

Holiday insurance is one of the first things I research and buy once we have booked a holiday. There would be nothing worse than losing money we have saved to pay for a holiday because we didn’t have insurance.

I like to make sure we are getting the correct holiday insurance for us, especially when we are travelling internationally. It’s worth taking a look atĀ International travel insurance from Bupa Global TravelĀ to see how they can help you.


For some reason, every single time we are waiting at the carousel for our luggage, my suitcase is the last to arrive. The first time we landed in Orlando, the tags had come off my suitcase so I think I was lucky to get it back at all.

We like to have a joke about it now that the pink suitcase will always be the last to appear. We have since upgraded one of our suitcases to a vibrant green, and funnily enough we spotted that one quickly on our last holiday. I think I am going to upgrade our other suitcases to bright colours for our next holiday as well.

Travel Documents

Part of the reason I like to collate our paperwork in a folder is to make sure we have all the travel documents that we need. Obviously this includes our insurance policy and the relevant numbers to contact the insurance company should we need to.

Travel documents may also include things like an Established if you are travelling to the USA. Without a VISA waiver you won’t be able to enter the country, so it’s important to make sure you have the correct documents before you travel.

Airport Parking

If you’re leaving your car at the airport before you travel, it’s often wise to pre book a package as this can save you money. I look for the best deals quite a few months in advance, and then when I have found a good deal, I book and the paperwork goes into my folder with everything else.


Can you imagine the horror of getting to the airport to find your don’t have your passport, or even worse that its out of date. I am more than a little paranoid about this and despite knowing when our passports expire, I still check them in time for any upcoming trips we are taking.

Do you know where your passports are? You’d be surprised at how many people don’t.

Correct Footwear

This may seem like a strange tip for preparing for a holiday, but if you are buying a new holiday wardrobe and then don’t use those new shoes or sandals before the holiday, chances are they are going to rub your feet.

I always buy my holiday footwear a little while in advance if I’m buying new. As we visit Disney parks quite a lot on our Florida holidays, we do a lot of walking, so it’s important to have comfortable footwear. A blister or three hurts!

First Aid Supplies

Nobody wants to get ill on holiday, but unfortunately it does happen. We pack basic first aid supplies that include items such as Calpol for Abby, paracetamol, bite cream, plasters, Sudocream and some anti allergy medicine. This way if we do get a blister, headache or a minor allergic reaction we can cure ourselves without having to spend money, or have to visit an expensive medical centre.

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1 Comment

  1. August 9, 2018 / 9:28 am

    Great tips Angela and I was really naughty as I only got our travel insurance for our upcoming holiday last week !!!! I totally forgot to get it when we booked it last year. I also have a folder for all the paperwork and a holiday drawer in our bedroom for all the bits and bobs you gather before going x

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