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If you have got a summer holiday booked at home or abroad, now is the perfect time to start planning. It may seem like you have weeks to go, but time will fly by and you need to think about several things before you go. Here are just a few areas to consider in the coming weeks.

Plan your paperwork

Leave yourself plenty of time to make sure all the paperwork is in order for your holiday. Most importantly, is your passport up to date if you are going abroad? Some countries won’t let you in if you have less than six months left until your passport expires, so check and then double check that you are covered for the entire period of time that you are going to be away. Have you arranged travel insurance and reserved your foreign currency? Do you need to sort out visas or print out any tickets, reservations or other items received electronically?

Travel arrangements

The plane, train or boat may be booked, but have you thought about how you will get from your home to the airport, station or port? It is a very good idea to book your airport taxi now, as these can also get snapped up very early in holiday season. Allow lots of time to get there, remembering that the roads can be subject to delays around airports and ports. You may also be able to negotiate a discount if you book in advance, as well as ensure you get a large enough taxi to fit you and your luggage inside.

House and home

Are you happy to leave your house unattended while you are away or do you prefer to book a house sitter for greater security? Sitters can also get booked up very fast, so early booking is recommended. Do you need to let your home insurance people know that you will be away? Inform your neighbours? You may also like to make a list now of anything that needs to be switched off at the mains or any windows and doors that will need to be checked when you leave.

Purrr-fect pets

Looking after your cherished pets while you are away can be done in many ways, from qualified pet sitters who come to your home to kennels and catteries and people dropping in to feed, walk and clean out your beloved animal in your absence. Make sure you book your chosen provider now and leave clear instructions about what you need them to do for your pet. If someone is coming to your house to look after them, it is a good idea to purchase extra supplies of food, bedding etc. now so that they don’t run out.

Pack smart

Finally, it is not too early to start making a list of what you need to take. Doing it early allows you enough time to replace anything that is broken, too small or past its best, and to make sure everything is washed and ready to go. If you have a spare room, you could start assembling your belongings, or this can wait until nearer the time if you are pressed for space at home.

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