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Here are the essential things people forget to do before their holiday

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Your sunglasses and passport are safely packed in hand luggage, you’ve had your pre-holiday mani/pedi, and your neighbour is ready to feed your cat while you’re away.

Still feel like you’re forgetting something? That’s maybe because you are.

There are a number of common things he sees tourists miss from their to-do lists before jetting off, and they can all turn a dream getaway into something of a nightmare.

On a short trip, the first thing should do is check your mobile phone’s roaming tariffs and either purchase a separate Sim card or credits.

While you used to be able to use your existing call, text and data allowances at no extra cost in the EU, charges have been reintroduced with many providers post-Brexit, and typically cost from £2 a day.

If you’re going further afield, you could have to fork out as much as £7 a megabyte for data and nearly £4 a minute to make or receive a call – one maneven racked up a bill totalling more than $143,000 when he failed to check his contract before an international trip.

Alternatively you can just turn your roaming off and stick to Wifi; set a spending cap; buy a roaming add-on; or try a digital international eSim.

Next on the list of oft-forgotten tasks many people don’t remember to carry photocopies and take screenshots of important documents such as your passport, credit cards and driving license.

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Speaking of luggage, he also recommends getting yourself some packing cubes and a luggage scale.

‘Pack smart and light and to make sure you’re not over your limit,’ according to Andy Squirrell, chief commercial officer at Titan Travel. ‘Layers are best If you’re touring all over.’

Additional fees for exceeding your baggage weight or size limit can mount to hundreds of pounds, not to mention the hassle of unpacking your bags at the check-in desk or having to put items in the hold. It’s not a great way to start your trip, so it’s worth being prepared.

Right before head off, charging your phone is key – although forgetting to do so is something many have been guilty of.

Andy explains: ‘With many people relying on access to boarding passes and other documentation on their phones, make sure that yours is fully charged and take a charger with you in your hand luggage.’

Other common faux pas he highlights include not withdrawing cash in the local currency of your onward destination for tipping and emergencies, not checking you have the right amount of valid time left on your passport, and not taking enough medication with you.

‘You may have to have paper documentation for entry to some destinations, over having it on your phone, so this is worth checking beforehand,’ he adds.

‘And make sure that your travel insurance covers you for the whole time you’re away, as some policies are limited to a certain number of days.’



The most common things people forget to do before travelling

According to Andy, these are the things to remember before a holiday, as plenty of people don’t.

  • Check roaming tariffs
  • Carry photocopies and take screenshots of all important documents
  • Invest in some packing cubes and some luggage scales
  • Charge your phone
  • Withdraw some cash in the local currency of your onward destination
  • Check how long is left on your passport (and if there’s enough validity based on the rules of the country you’re travelling to)
  • Check if you need paper documentation (rather than digital versions) for entry to your destination
  • Take extra medication with you for your entire trip – and carry some in your hand luggage too
  • Make sure that your travel insurance covers you for the whole time you’re away

He’s not the only one with insider tips to make your travel plans run smoother.

Flight attendant CiCi recommends the alphabet method, whereby you trace each letter with your foot, to promote circulation and prevent blood clots on long flights.

She also says passengers should wear compression socks and stand up and walk around every hour or so where possible.

‘This helps activate your leg muscles, encouraging blood to flow more freely,’ she says. ‘And combining these techniques not only enhances your comfort but also significantly lowers the risk of developing blood clots during extended periods of inactivity.’

Another member of cabin crew staff, Cher, shared a TikTok warning people not to use a plane bathroom without their shoes on, something she says she sees ‘at least once a week.’

‘Now you have soggy, pee-covered socks that you’re wearing for however many hours you’re on the plane,’ she tells viewers. ‘That’s disturbing.’

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