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Travel check lists and holiday tips

This hand check list and travel tips guide will help you plan your trip without forgetting a thing.

The packing lists below are designed for your peace of mind – so you can leave on your trip well prepared.

Essentials

Passport
Visa
ID card
Airline ticket or E-ticket
Reservation numbers: hotel and car rental
Money: both local and foreign currency
Credit cards
House keys
Tip: Call your bank and let them know exactly where you’re travelling to and the dates you’ll be gone to avoid having your credit/debit card declined.

Toiletries/Sundries

Shampoo/conditioner
Body wash
Cleanser
Lotion
Toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
Shaver/shaving cream
Cotton buds
Deodorant
Hair brush/comb
Tweezers
Tip: Always save any samples you pick up at stores to take with you or buy travel size bottles and fill them with your favourite products. And to avoid unwanted leaks, place liquids in re-sealable plastic bags.

Clothing/Shoes

Pyjamas
Underwear
Trousers/jeans
Socks
Skirts
Dress
Shirts: casual and dressy
Belts
Sweater
Jacket
Shoes: comfortable and dressy
Slippers
Swimsuit
Shorts
Accessories: Scarves, hats, and jewellery.
Tip: It’s always a good idea to pack a light sweater or a shawl for cool nights.

To keep clothes from creasing, roll instead of folding them and place tissue paper between your delicates.

Electrical equipment

Hairdryer
Adapter
Portable speakers
iPod or CD player
Camera (film, if needed)
Recharging equipment for electrical equipment, i.e. mobile, camera
Tip: Electrical appliances in the US work at 110 volts – while most countries in the world use 220 – 240 volts. Always have an adapter or converter handy.

Miscellaneous

Sun block
Sunglasses
Mosquito repellent
Plasters
Nail clippers and/or nail file
Any prescription medicine you’re taking
Extra locks – in case you lose any

On the day of travel

Make sure all electrical appliances are not switched on or plugged in.
Throw away any perishable goods you have in the fridge.
Lock all windows and doors.
Turn water heater and heating down to lowest setting or change timer to once a day.
Leave shades down and drapes closed.
Park your car either in a garage or buy a special steering wheel lock for maximum security.
Secure all your pieces of luggage with a small lock and put keys in a safe place. If you’re worried about losing your keys buy a lock with a code number instead.
Double-check that you have all your travel documents: passport, visa and tickets.
Don’t forget to take these items in your hand luggage: paracetamol, bottled water, a book, lip balm, lotion and anything else you’d need on the flight.

Have a great holiday!

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