Your essential family holiday checklist

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Save time, money and stress by doing these essential things before you go away.

1. Vaccinations

Up to date with your jabs? Tell your GP where you’re going and find out if you need any boosters. Head over to www.nhs.uk for more information.

2. Currency

You’ll pay a hefty premium for currency at the airport, so sort it out elsewhere. Shop around for the best deal, and don’t be afraid to haggle as you can often get a better rate. For more useful currency advice, head over to www.tescobank.com.

3. Insurance

Sort out travel insurance as soon as you can so that you don’t lose out if the trip gets cancelled or postponed. Find extra info on insurance at www.tescobank.com.

4. EHIC card

If you’re travelling to Europe, an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) means you’ll get emergency healthcare for free or at a reduced rate. Find out more at www.nhs.uk.

5. Visas

Make sure you have valid visas for the country you’re visiting. Find out whether you have to arrange before you enter the country or if you pay and collect in the country you're visiting at passport control.

6. Passports

It’s the obvious ones that people forget! Check the expiry date on your passports – if it’s before or during the trip, it’ll need renewing. For everything you need to know about passports, visit www.postoffice.co.uk.

7. Transport and car hire

Make sure you can do everything you’ve got planned for the holiday by booking transport in advance. Booking car hires and coach or train journeys in advance means you’ll bag the best deal, and researching your routes and timings will ensure that days out don’t turn into days sat in traffic.

8. Hold luggage

Weigh bags before you fly. Getting caught out with a bag that exceeds the airline’s allowance can be costly, even if it’s only slightly overweight. Padlocks and luggage straps are also more pricey at the airport, so buy them in advance.

See how to pack a suitcase like a pro

9. Hand luggage

Double-check the dimensions of your chosen airline’s hand luggage allowance – they won’t allow it on the plane if it doesn’t fit! Also remember to transfer any liquids (including creams, pastes and gels) into 100ml containers, and leave sharp items out of your hand luggage.

10. Travelling with kids?

If the kids are coming on holiday too, check that your accommodation is child-friendly and whether you’ll need to bring anything extra. Find out whether the water at your destination is suitable for little ones, and always carry a few snacks for rumbling tummies. Check out our tips on flying with children, too.

11. Holiday packing checklist

Now all that’s left to do is the packing! We’ve got a handy what-to-pack checklist for that as well: Download your free holiday checklist

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