Thursday, July 24, 2014 06:42

At HolidayComparisons.com we aim to provide you with everything you need to make your holiday run smoothly. This Travel Checklist gives you some essential information to think about before you go, and some useful tips to consider.

Before you go....

Passports & Visas - Make sure you have a valid passport and that your visa is correct for the country you are travelling to. As an extra safety precaution, we suggest taking a photocopy of all important documents that you will be travelling with and keeping them in a separate place from the originals.

New visa requirements for trips to the USA - Since 12th January 2009 international travellers wishing to enter the USA, including passport holders from the United Kingdom, will be required, under the Visa Waiver Program, to apply for authorisation via ESTA - Electronic System for Travel Authorisation. To apply for the ESTA please visit https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. It is suggested that travellers apply at least 72 hours prior to travel. If you do not have an ESTA then you will be refused travel to the USA.

Travel Insurance - Don't travel without insurance! Make sure you and your fellow travellers are covered for any activities you are likely to undertake. If you are travelling within the EU you can get a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) that provides you with free or reduced emergency care (www.ehic.org).

Foreign Currency - Change up any money you wish to take with you in to the currency of your chosen destination. For safety, we at HolidayComparisons.com suggest taking a mixture of cash and travellers cheques. If you plan to take a credit or debit card abroad with you then we suggest you let your bank or building society know in advance to prevent your accounts being blocked.

Flight & Baggage Information - Consult your airline for any baggage restrictions that may be in place and flight information, such as delays or cancellations, in-flight meal requirements, on-line check-in etc.

Car Hire - If you are planning on driving abroad make sure you have a valid licence and are aware of driving laws in the country you are visiting.

Travel Advice - Consult travel advice pages that will provide you with useful information for countries worldwide, (http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/).

Vaccinations - Check with you local GP to find out whether you will need any vaccinations before you travel.

Keeping in Contact - If you wish to keep in contact with friends, family or business associates whilst abroad, it may be worth contacting your mobile phone provider to ensure you will be able to use your handset whilst you are away. Alternatively, it may be worth investing in a global phone card that could be used from public telephones.

Travel Essentials.....

- Guide books, phrase books and maps
- Medical kits and any prescribed medication
- Sun cream, insect repellent and mosquito nets
- Electrical adapters
- Luggage ID tags and luggage locks