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Pre-holiday checklist 
  • Check passports are valid
  • Obtain proof of relationship if your surname is different from your children’s
  • Take out travel insurance
  • Apply for visas
  • Check validity of, or apply for, European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Book jabs if necessary
  • Arrange malaria protection
  • Pre-order any medication for your child or yourself
  • Ensure you have a doctor’s letter for the airline if you carry an auto-injector device for allergies
  • Order currency 
  • A&K final documentation & essential information 
  • Put driving licence in your hand luggage
  • Set aside a spare mobile phone and charger, as well as travel plug adapters
  • Check the roaming on your mobile
  • Book your pets into cattery or kennels

Hand luggage
  • Backpack or another hands-free bag
  • Toiletries; decanted into 100ml plastic bottles and stored in clear bag
  • Glasses or contact lenses plus case and lens solution
  • Books and magazines for all ages
  • Tablet loaded with programmes viewable offline for planes or cars
  • Pads and colouring crayons 
  • Playing cards
  • Water bottle to refill
  • Plug converter / travel adapter
  • At least two changes of clothes for babies or toddlers
  • First aid kit with copy of prescriptions
Babies
  • Carry-on luggage or in-car bag: two changes of clothes; in-flight entertainment; snacks
  • Baby monitor (both parts) though many places provide these
  • Closed beaker and cutlery that your child likes
  • Dummies, if appropriate for your child
  • Bibs
  • Bottles/formula, and muslins just in case
  • Nappies, nappy cream, wipes
  • Swim nappies
  • Buggy – the lighter in weight, the better
  • Sling
  • 50+ sunscreen for kids 
  • Sun-protection vests, hats and cotton clothes 
  • Toiletries including any prescribed shower gels or moisturisers to soothe skin
  • Don’t forget the cuddly toy!
 
School children
  • Bucket and spade
  • Frisbee or beach games
  • Sun-protection vests, hats and cotton clothes
  • Toiletries; to include any prescribed shower gels or moisturisers to soothe skin
  • Snorkelling kit
  • Insect repellent
 
Teenagers
  • Lightweight bag for hand luggage
  • Toiletries decanted into 100ml plastic bottles
  • Devices; mobile and iPad with headphones and charger
  • Plug converter / travel adapter
  • Glasses or contact lenses
  • Gum for take off or landing to relieve ear pressure
  • Homework/textbooks
  • Accessories such as caps, scarves or jewellery
  • Sportswear
  • Water bottle to refill
 
For more inspiration and to start planning your next trip, explore our family holidays.