Last Minute Preparation for Holiday

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Handy guide of things to remember whilst doing last minute preparations for your holiday. Everyone is different but these are the most common mistakes!


As a child, I was assured that ‘getting there was half the fun’. I was reminded of this statement every time my family and I embarked on our annual camping trip in the south of France. Strangely enough, I do remember feeling that there was a great deal of stress involved for my parents before the ‘getting there’ bit, which is likely to have influenced the contrived up-beat tone in their voice whilst driving the car to the airport. This part of journey was cluttered with the phrase my mother used to constantly saying to father “Did you remember to…?”.

This phrase need not be repeated with this handy guide of things to remember whilst doing last minute preparations for your holiday. Everyone is different but these are the most common mistakes!


If you are going abroad, do not forget it. Please, please, please do not forget it. Make sure everybody that is going on holiday with you has their passport before they leave the house or flat. We are assuming that everyone has their passport up to date at this point or else this would be a bigger problem that just last minute planning. Put the passport in a safe place and keep it with you at all times. You will not be leaving the country without it.


Remember to turn off the power at all the sockets before you leave. Running the risk of a fire is dangerous and I’m sure you would like a home to come back to after your holiday. Some people prefer to empty all the contents of their fridge beforehand as well. If nothing is in the fridge, that means nothing can go out of date and smell horrendous when you arrive back.

Flight Checks

Better safe than sorry. It is not a bad idea at all to check your flights before you set off to make sure that everything is still on schedule. If you have already set off, thankfully we live in a time where WIFI hotspots are common and you will be able to check them using your smartphone, laptop or tablet.

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Doors and Windows

You can imagine the horror of coming home and finding that you’ve been burgled. You can reduce this risk by remembering to lock all the windows and doors before leaving. This is a very quick job and something you can easily do in 15 minutes depending on the size of house/flat of course. If you have a mansion, you may want to assign more time to this task.


For those who can’t, don’t or won’t drive remember to book your taxi. It is best if you book this well in advance but some small jobs slip the mind. It is possible to book a taxi 5/10 minutes before you leave but this lack of preparation comes at a cost. Check with your local taxi service to see if they do any deals on airport transfers.

Photo by Alexandria Chiritoiu.


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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
17th Nov 2012 (#)

No amount of reminding is overdone on the these basics. I remember a joke about a much overdue holiday ruined over who locked the main door? I prefer to spend extra time at the airport than looking for transport at the last minute - siva

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author avatar Clarence Schreiber
17th Nov 2012 (#)

An interesting read and great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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author avatar Rose*
18th Dec 2013 (#)

Also, carry some cash just in case the places where you are won't take cards

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