Before you leave

  • Tell friends and neighbours when and where you’re travelling to.
  • Ask someone, maybe a friend, neighbour or relative, to check your house and move mail away from the front door /porch.
  • Cancel all newspapers/milk deliveries.
  • Get a neighbour to put your bin out on the appropriate day.
  • Photocopy your passport if you are travelling overseas, and pack it in a different place from the original. If the passport is lost or stolen, the photocopy may serve as proof that you have a valid passport.
  • Make sure that all windows and doors are locked and that all appliances are turned off and disconnected
  • Put electrical timers on in various rooms.
  • Avoid too much baggage, take only the necessary things that you need.
  • When travelling by car, may sure you check it over thoroughly before departing.
  • Be sure to put your name and contact address on your luggage.
  • Check you have your tickets ,insurance policy and valid passports.
  • Book airport car parking/airport hotels and organise currency. This can all be arranged through www.travelarchitect.com
  • Don’t forget your camera or video camera when you travel. Memories are never to be forgotten.
  • Don’t be in a hurry- take your time to prepare all the necessary things you need.
  • If travelling within the EU visit – www.dh.gov.uk in order to order your health cards on line.
  • Allow plenty of time to get any relevant visas/inoculations.
  • Check the validity of your passport. Some destinations require a validity date of 6 months after return.
  • Don’t buy loads of new clothes – be ruthless when packing – most people can manage with half what they take.
  • Don’t pack your passport in your main suitcase – keep it in your hand luggage with your tickets.
  • Pack a small first aid kit.
  • Write down addresses of friends and family on stickers so you can stick onto postcards (if you send them)
  • Arrange for diabetic/vegetarian/vegan meals for your flight before travel.
  • Check your luggage allowance. You don’t want to end up paying excess baggage charges.
  • Pack essentials such as a toothbrush, clean underwear and money in hand luggage, in case your luggage gets lost/or delayed.