Follow our travel checklist for a stress-free holiday!
From booking accommodation and flights to choosing travel insurance and packing for your holiday, we have you covered with our complete travel checklist.
They say that the best time to book international flights is 22 weeks in advance with domestic flights closely following at 21 weeks in advance. However, not all of us are that savvy. Luckily there are some other tricks you can follow to nab yourself the best flight deals, Carolin Pilligrath from Breathing Travelsuggests the below.
Top Tip: "For the best deal on flights, I always use multiple flight search engines. Skyscanner, Google Flights and Kiwi are some of my favourite ones. To get the absolute best deal, try and be flexible with dates and don’t be afraid to take a red-eye flight, it might save you hundreds! If you don’t book right away, make sure to set your VPN to a lower income country as you might see a significant ticket price difference" - Carolin Pilligrath, Breathing Travel
When travelling abroad, it’s important to make sure you have easy access to your holiday money. There are lots of different ways to access your money overseas, so it’s important to choose the best option for you.
Credit cards tend to be widely accepted globally - unless you are going off the beaten track. However, they do charge international fees so important that you hunt around for the best deal – and the best conversion rate to the foreign currency you need.
Another option is a prepaid debit card. With these cards, you load on the amount that you want to spend and use it as a debit card overseas. These cards help you stick to your holiday budget as you can only spend the amount on the card.
Regardless of your card of choice, it’s always good to have some local currency on you. Don’t leave this until the last minute though as you tend to get the worst rate at the airport.
If you are planning to use your Australian card while overseas, you should let your bank know what countries you are travelling to and how long you will be going for. This is because any sudden overseas activity can cause them to become suspicious and your card could be frozen.
There is nothing worse than discovering that your passport is out of date, right before you are due to fly. Checking your passport’s valid date is something a lot of us would forget yet it’s so important that you do. Some countries require your passport to be valid for a period from your date of arrival – so it’s worthwhile checking a few months before your next holiday.
When organising your next overseas holiday, you should check for any required visas. These are dependent on the country you are visiting and the passport you hold so it can differ between travellers. The Smart Traveller website has information on the different visa’s needed, including required visas for those visiting Australia.
Some countries require you to have certain vaccinations before you enter. The best place to start is again by checking your region in the Smart Traveller website. Here you can get up to date information about not only the required vaccinations but also information on safety and security and visas.
Did you know that you should get travel insurance when you are travelling domestically and we as overseas? Domestic travel insurance will cover you for lost or stolen items, cancellation fees and even car hire excess. Shop around for the best travel insurance for your next holiday, as you can get great family or couple deals. When considering a travel insurance provider, you need to look at
The excess: this is the agreed amount of money you will pay towards a claim on your policy.
Inclusions: if you are planning to hire a car or enjoy ‘adventure activities’ like sky jumping or scuba diving you want to make sure you are covered in case the unexpected happens.
Finding the perfect accommodation for your next holiday can be tricky. Whether you are travelling for business or leisure, when booking a hotel, we tend to look for four important experience preferences; value, location, safety, and low prices. However, finding a hotel with all of these can be fiddly and arduous. Accor makes things simple, with over 200 hotels, resorts, apartments and suites throughout the country, as well as hotels across 100 countries around the world. Whether you are looking for budget-friendly accommodation, hotels with amenities for the whole family or great central location – Accor has the perfect hotel for your next holiday.
Accor is currently offering a great winter deal whereby for a limited time, you’ll enjoy $25 off each night plus a delicious breakfast for just $1.Terms and conditions apply
Ultimate Packing Checklist
Packing for your holiday can be a nightmare. From choosing clothing to suit the weather at your holiday destination to digging out a power adapter – and that’s all before you have tried to fit it in your suitcase (we suggest rolling clothes rather than folding to help minimize space used and avoid creases). Mark and Miranda from The Common Wandererand Jess Parry-Valentine, Flying The Nest also share their top tips on packing for a holiday.
Top Tip: "Whether we are travelling for a week, a fortnight or a month we always pack our bags for a 7-day getaway. That way you can keep your luggage weight down which not only saves you on oversize baggage fee's but also makes your holiday that more enjoyable as you aren't lugging around a huge bag!" - Stephen & Jess Parry-Valentine, flyingthenest.tv
Follow the complete packing list below, and you are sure to not leave anything behind! This is an overall travel list, so there may be other essentials you also need to pack.
Shampoo & conditioner
Brush or comb
Contact lenses & solution
Nail file & clippers
Mobile phone and charger
Laptop, iPad, Kindle and chargers
Camera/video recorder, memory card, and charger
Hand Luggage Flight Essentials
Books or e-books
Change of clothes
Food or snacks
Maps or guidebook
List of medications
Credit card/bank cards
Travel itineraries and important information such as your boarding pass, the address of your accommodation or car hire service, and even a copy of your passport
Beach Holiday Packing List
While the above broad checklist will cover most of your bases, if you are embarking on a beach holiday there are a few travel essentials that we wanted to highlight:
If you are travelling with a baby, then there a few more essential travel items to add to your travel packing list.
Baby shampoo and hairbrush
Baby formula/ Baby food pouches/ snacks
Napping changing pad
Top Tip: "When packing for a trip, we always compartmentalise our gear into satchels and pack them with the least used at the bottom of our bag and most used at the top. This makes it easy to find what you're looking for in a rush and far more efficient when you're trying to pack for an early flight!" - Mark and Miranda, thecommonwanderer.com