10 benefits Why you will love a package holiday

10 benefits Why you will love a package holiday

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A package holiday synonymous to an All-in-One holiday or an All-Inclusive holiday is one way of vacationing. The concept was pioneered by Gerard Blitz, a Belgian water polo player. He established Club Med in 1950, implementing the idea of a “package”, an all-inclusive resort. The idea took off to become a popular and fastest growing ways of vacationing. It was a brilliant concept then, and, still is today. The concept of an all-in-one package holiday is a flexible one, which could be designed to include families, couples or solo travellers.

Learn more about Gerard Blitz and Club Med

Although I am an ardent advocate of designing your own adventure your way – a DIY vacation, I am also a believer of choosing what suits you best for the time of the year you are vacationing at the destination you will be visiting. Be it an adventure trek, camping in the mountains, slow travel or a beach holiday – you should do what best suits you. I have experienced package holidays many times in the past because it suited the occasion. I note below a few of my experiences.

My experiences of package holidays & Why I recommend it

My experiences with package holiday began many years ago when my children were toddlers. It was one of the best options for family vacation.

Our family vacation to World Disney Resort in Florida was a package holiday. The package was an all-inclusive one. It suited us well because my children were with other kids of similar age. We stayed at a resort within the park and had free popcorn and unlimited beverages. We watched the fireworks at night from the balcony of our hotel room. At breakfast, we were entertained by Disney characters. My kids had a fabulous time and many happy memories. Our trip to Disneyland Paris was also similarly packaged.

When we visited Morocco for a week, it was a luxury, an all-inclusive package. The package included three meals a day and unlimited drinks. The resort had a wellness spa centre for women which I used for a small fee.

We experienced similar positive experiences at Port Aventura in Spain, Phuket in Thailand and Penang in Malaysia.

Given all of my positive experiences with package holiday, I cannot recommend it high enough. I have put together 10 superb benefits why you will love to experience one as well.

What is a package holiday?

Before I go through all the benefits of a package holiday, we need to appreciate what is meant by the term “package holiday”.

A package holiday is a deals package with flights, transfers, and accommodation. It may sometimes include food and beverages. Packages are usually for a 7-day or 14-day in duration at a time, with a beach type destination, although not always.

Package hotel - example of a hotel

For British holiday makers, a package holiday is a popular style of vacationing. They can get a low cost deal with no stress of booking at multiple sites. According to Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), about 46 per cent of holiday makers opt for a package holiday each year.

However, It is not just about the no fuss no stress deals package that makes it an attractive option. There are other upsides as well. Travellers on package holidays are generally protected financially. The protection includes certain assistance guarantees that does not come with a DIY holidays. More on this below.

The 10 superb benefits of package holiday

1 | Package Travel Regulations

Package holiday regulation imagery

A UK traveller benefits from the financial protection afforded by UK legislation when the package falls within the The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. (The Regulations)

1.1 | Financial protection under The Regulations

The Regulations sets the benchmark for travel providers to advertise their holiday packages honestly and ensure that it is delivered as described to their customers. The customer has the right to expect that the holiday booked and paid for matches the description given when it was bought. Basically, you must receive what you pay for.

Furthermore, the Regulation sets out the travel provider’s responsibilities of care in the event should something go wrong during any component of the holiday booked with them. Essentially, the travel provider has a legal duty of care to make sure that their customers are safe, help them resolve problems and make any necessary refunds.

Therefore, if the package holiday fails to match how it was described, The Regulations gives you the right to ask your holiday provider to put it right. If the holiday provider fails or unable to do so, you can claim compensation.

Pro tip: Pay careful attention to how the package holiday is described by the travel provider in their brochure, website or via their agent.

1.2 | What is a “Package Holiday” within The Regulation?

To benefit from a claim under The Regulations, the package bought must meet the definition or have the features that of a “package holiday”. Typically it should be:

Advertised as a package or all-inclusive deal;

That the holiday was bought for an inclusive or total price;

That more than one part of the holiday such as flights and accommodation was bought from one holiday provider with one payment;

After booking one part of your holiday, you were prompted to buy another. You did not have to enter your personal and payment details again. You completed all of the transaction within 24 hours of the first booking.

In other words, if your holiday looked like a package deal when you bought it, then it probably is.

You can still benefit even if your holiday does not fall within the above features provided it can be a ” Linked Travel Arrangement”

1.3 | Linked Travel Arrangement

A Linked Travel Arrangement is when you buy one service from a travel provider and you are then prompted to buy another but on this occasion your personal information and payment details aren’t transferred. Also, you must buy the additional services within 24 hours of each other for them to be considered a Linked Travel Arrangement. The first travel provider has the responsibility to inform you that it is a Linked Travel Arrangement.

The Linked Travel Arrangement provides limited protection – you get your money back only when the provider goes into insolvency.


A Package HolidayWhen you book more than one part of your holiday through the same travel provider or website

A Linked Travel ArrangementWhen you buy one part of your holiday and then you are prompted to buy another part within 24 hours but your payment details aren’t transferred.

The Regulation – only apply to packages sold or offered for sale in the UK.

Does not apply to business trips.

2 | ATOL and ABTA Protection for package holiday

The other two elements of your holiday protection are ATOL and ABTA.

2.1 | ATOL

Under UK law, your holiday is protected if it is a package holiday. Every travel company incorporated in UK that sells air holidays and flights is required to hold an ATOL.

ATOL – Air Travel Organiser’s Licence is a UK financial protection scheme and it protects most air package holidays sold by travel businesses that are based in the UK.   The scheme also applies to some flight bookings, usually those where you book flights (including UK domestic flights) but do not receive your tickets immediately.

UK Civil Aviation Authority

ATOL bonding scheme is where a £2.50 ATOL fee is built into the cost of your flight that guarantees you a refund and/or a flight home if the airline goes bust.

In addition to ATOL, there is also protection afforded by ABTA.

2.2 | ABTA

ABTA is the operating name of what was formerly known as the Association of British Travel Agents. It is UK’s largest travel association, representing travel agents and tour operators. ABTA enforces standards and provide insurance for holidaymakers in the event of financial problems for travel companies.

ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for 70 years, offering advice and guidance to the travelling public, as well as leading the travel industry in supporting high service standards, working with our Members on health and safety, and promoting responsible tourism at home and abroad.

Our offer of support, protection and expertise means you can have confidence in ABTA; and a strong trust in our Members. These qualities are core to us as they ensure that you remain confident in the holidays and travel experiences that you buy from our Members.


In essence, ABTA’s bonding scheme ensures your costs will be covered in the event that your travel provider goes out of business.

3 | Easy Booking Process

Package holiday beach imagery

An easy booking process is evident when you do a package holiday. On an online booking, all it takes is a few clicks, and you are done.

You do not have to go to different websites to book your flights, accommodation and transfers separately. You do not worry anymore about searching and matching the cheapest flights with the best hotel deals.

Meals and beverages are often included In an all-inclusive deal. This means you do not have to search for restaurants in the vicinity.

Everything is arranged for you by the travel provider under one transaction. You receive one confirmation. You have all your essential information in one place. You do not have to keep track of various booking confirmations.

Another key benefit of most package holidays is that some destinations come with an in-resort representative. This ensures help is at hand if there are any problems while you’re away.

4 | Saves time

Along with an easy booking process, a package holiday saves you time as well. A package alleviates the need to book individual components which is time consuming. You can basically book the whole package with a few clicks, and you are done.

5 | Stress free

With everything done in one booking, it alleviates the stress of looking and matching various deals. Worries are off your shoulders. You only now need to ensure you are packed on the day to board your flight.

6 | Cheaper prices and Great value for money

Cheap does not necessarily mean good value. Package holiday tend to work out cheaper than a DIY holiday in most situations. This is because many holiday providers struck deals with airlines and hoteliers, and buy flight seats and rooms in bulk to create their package. They benefit from huge discounts and they pass these on to their customers. The package or bundles such as “flight + room” is not available for public purchase.

However, a package holiday also comes with good quality accommodation and facilities. Holiday providers will try and provide the best package because they have stiff competition in the industry. You are likely to get the best value package and the best quality accommodation for the holidays you select.

For skiing and other winter sports holidays, package deals are usually better value. Holiday providers usually run their own accommodation in the mountains, offer lift passes and equipment hire in the package.

Buying a package holiday is also a great way to save money. Often, the package includes meals and drinks, in which case there are no additional expenses involved. Moreover, as flights, accommodation and maybe meals/transport are paid upfront, prices are more transparent from the outset, allowing for effective budgeting during holidays.

7 | Facilities and Entertainment

In general, each resort and hotel at the package holiday destination offer various facilities and entertainment for their guests. These usually consists of cultural nights, comedy shows, or live music nights.

Some of these high-end hotels and resorts offer sports facilities such as golf or tennis, a well equipped fitness zone and a spa and wellness facilities where you can pamper yourself for a small fee.

8 | Affordable luxury in a myriad of options

There is no denying that holiday providers specialising in package deals offer a myriad of options. From high-end five star luxury holidays, glamorous ocean cruises, to three-star average experiences or budget alternatives. The high-end ones are often affordable and therefore doable for many which would otherwise be an unreachable experience.

There are many types of package deals to suit everyone’s needs and financial plans. You just have to decide which one is best suited for you.

9 | Safety

Safety is not something often thought of when vacationing but it is also not too far off from anyone’s mind when travelling to a precarious zone. if a situation should arise, for example, a local coup or a natural disaster like the volcanic ash clouds, you know that you are not alone. The package holiday provider has a duty to safeguard you and your family and ensure your safe return home. You mat also be within reach of a representative.

Moreover, if you decide to visit a dangerous zone, then being in a resort which is usually a secure area will be the best option.

10 | Opportunity to socialise with people who share the same interests

Last but not least is the opportunity to socialise with people who share the same interests as you. For example, if you opt for a family package, it offers you the opportunity to meet other families as well. This makes a great occasion for kids to play together and make friendships. In a way, you know you have more sets of eyes watching the safety of your kids than just you. Moreover, a family vacation destination usually organise activities for kids or they may have kids club where parents can take a breather while leaving their kids in a safe and secure environment.

The opportunity to socialise is also present when you book a ski package or beach holidays.

What do you think? Is a package holiday your kind of vacation? If so, you will find some practical resources to use for booking your dream all-in-one package deal below.

Practical resources to booking your package holiday

Get great value and know the cost upfront so you will have a worry free holiday. Browse through some of the best package deals offered by On the Beach and Jet2Holidays.

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Is this post valuable to you in planning your package holiday? If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

Have a splendid vacation.

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Travel Checklist-25 Top Tips for a Stress-free Vacation

Travel Checklist-25 Top Tips for a Stress-free Vacation

Travel checklist is an absolute “must” for me! In my last blog post, 5 Reasons Why Travel Planning is Important, I wrote about how planning helps you to consider your budget, think about priorities, allocate time for attractions and the “must see”. I know how important it is to plan the “must see” attractions before hand because of my own experience in Amsterdam.

My weekend break in Amsterdam was the one time where no travel checklist was used. Although it turned out to be an amazing weekend,  and you can read about Amsterdam in a Nutshell – 18 experiences in 48 hours here, I missed out on one of the most important tourist sights – Anne Frank’s House. Tickets for Anne Frank’s House sold out weeks before I arrived and I was on the waiting list for the limited tickets released each morning. I was disappointed but it did not overshadow the rest of my experiences. Amsterdam is a place I can return to as it is only a little over 4-hours journey on the Eurostar and I will embed Anne Frank’s House into my itinerary.

The Importance of a Travel Checklist

A travel checklist is important because it embodies all the necessary steps that needs to be taken before your vacation to ensure you have a stress-free time. The last thing you need is a bad experience because you have forgotten to obtain the appropriate visa, or you left your passports or you ran out of cash!

In 5 Reason why travel planning is important, I had mentioned that I like “lists”! My travel planning consists of a pretravel, travel and post-travel checklists. So, in this post, I shall share with you what considerations goes into my pretravel checklist. Some of my suggestions may be obvious but I like to include them so that I do not miss it – which is the whole point of having a plan, or a checklist, right? There may be some that I have missed which you may think of. You can add it to the list, and you may want to write and let me know too, so I could update mine.

You can use this Travel Checklist in all situations, scenarios, whether you are family, couple or solo travellers and adapt it to suit. The checklist is useful for overseas travel. Please remember that these are suggestions only and not absolute.

So, here goes…

Travel Checklist – 25 top tips for a stress free vacation

1 | Travel Checklist helps to determine a budget and a buffer

Travel involves money and this is a sensitive subject. However, it is an important one. It is best to decide at the outset how much a vacation will cost, put thoughts to paper and see the numbers. Once you have the figures, you can then shop for best deals on airlines, accommodation and an itinerary of activities.

Numbers on paper and shopping for best deals may give you a good idea of your travel budget. However, from my experiences, a vacation sometimes had taken me beyond my budget. This had mainly been due to unexpected expenses and additional costs to what was budgeted for. There were occasions when I added an additional  sightseeing trip to my itinerary, a theatre show or treat ourselves to a lovely dinner in a local cultural setting which we did not previously think of. Sometimes, it can be the costs of transportation from one place to another. For all of these additional expenses, I embed a buffer in my budget.

A budget buffer is the extra cash you set aside for the unexpected expenses whilst on holiday. I suggest a buffer of 30% of total travel expenses minus the cost of flights to be ideal. These are funds which you should have immediate access to if need be. Of course, if you can afford more, all the better 😊

2 | Determine an Emergency Fund

An emergency fund is not to be confused with a budget buffer. The emergency fund is solely set aside for unforeseen dilemmas beyond your control when you are travelling. It is difficult to come up with a figure here because every situation is different and calls for personal judgement. However, as a guide I would suggest 30% of total travel expenses plus cost of flights. I include the cost of flights because I need a cushion if situations were such that I may need to get out of the country, or get alternate flights due to strike actions etc.

3 | Destination

Decide on your travel destination, whether it is a City break, an adventure in the mountains or sandy beaches and blue skies. It is also important to decide if travel involves one destination or multiple destinations. The place and type of holiday is important as it directly correlates with your budget.

This is also a perfect opportunity to think of your activities and how your itinerary is going to be.

As a guide, I have to come to use Get Your Guide who are competitively priced and one of the trusted sources offering thousands of sightseeing tours, attractions and transfers in destinations worldwide. You can also find theatre, show tickets and city passes to suit.

4 | Duration

It is important to decide on the duration of your vacation because this will dictate how much of the destination you are able to see, how much money you will be needing, what it will cost for the sightseeing trips which you may want to include in your vacation and how many meals you will need to pay for etc.

5 | Book your flights and/or trains

Look-out for early birds offer or worldwide sale by airlines. Usually early January/April or May will fetch you a good price.

Utilise comparative sites such as Google flights. Sometimes, you can get a good deal directly with some airlines.

6 | Travel Checklist helps to consider mode of getting around when at destination

Think about transportation and the system. Will you be using the local transport, or will you be walking most of the time? Familiarise yourself with the system and check reviews to see what tourists have to say about your chosen destination.

7 | Accommodation

Consider the following when deciding on accommodations:

7.1 | When travelling with kids, look for family-friendly sites

  • Often, you can find adjoining rooms or large rooms where you can have a baby-cot or an additional bed. You can also have twin-beds at no extra cost.
  • Search also on what kids-club activities are available on-site. Sometimes these activities club are included in your stay but most times it is not. I have used them liberally when my kids were young to break the day so they can have time with other kids of their age. This also meant that I can have a bit of me-time while they were having fun in a safe environment.
  • You can look-up recommended best family hotels in the world 2019 by CNTraveller here.

7.2 | Complimentary shuttle service

Investigate if the hotel offers complimentary shuttle service from the airport to the hotel and/or other sightseeing sights. Places like Orlando comes to mind. We also had a shuttle service when we were in Niagara Falls, from the hotel to the restaurant. It is worth checking.

7.3 | Pet-friendly

With a boom in pet ownership and if you are one of them, you may want to travel with your fur-babies. If you do, you may want to check for pet-friendly accommodations. Click on the links below to find out more on the best pet-friendly accommodations, offered by skycop and CNN Travel.

7.4 | Is breakfast included? Plus, what cuisines are on the menu?

Always go for breakfast included! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and when I am travelling, I always make sure I have a good and a healthy start. This is a good habit to get into because your day may be filled with activities and you may only have time for a sandwich or a bag of crisps before your next meal in the evening.

Most hotels offer a great selection for breakfast – lots of fruits in addition to continental breakfast. Some hotels may offer more, for example their local breakfast in addition to continental or English breakfast.

I would have a quick browse through their menu, just to be aware of the choices, pricing and whether it meets any dietary requirements I may have.

8 | Type of accommodation

The type of accommodation you choose must meet your needs. Starting early on your search, say before the peak season, will give you greater choices both in the types of accommodation and its prices. Early search helps in securing better deals. Sometimes, it is a challenge to find a property that is 100% suited and to have a certain degree of comfort that you want. As for me, I need that little luxury when I travel. I am quite relentless at what I want, so I persevere to get the closest to suit. I use various search engines to compare availability and prices but over the years, I have come to rely on booking dot com.

booking.com is a travel search engine for accommodations, that offers you a choice of hotels, homes and apartments and B&B’s in 120,000 destinations worldwide – instant confirmation and no cancellation fees. With such a vast choice, I am certain you will find accommodation to suit your needs, whether you are a solo traveller, couples or family. There is something to suit every budget. You could do a search below and discover what comes up.


9 | Safety

For the most part, the world is a safe place to be. We cannot control everything, no matter how well planned we are because things do happen, and these are sometimes out of our control. At this stage of pretravel plans, I suggest that you check whether the country you are travelling to is safe in relation to its political climate. No-one wants to be caught out!

There are several websites and travel blogs that provide comprehensive travel safety advise which you can check. Below you will find two links, one from the US Bureau of Consular Affairs and the other from UK Government offering most up-to-date travel advise. There is information on which countries are safe to travel to, what to do in situations if you are caught-out and how to stay safe.

You may want to check these when making travel plans.

  • The US Bureau of Consular Affairs click the link below.


  • The UK Government click the link below.


10 | Immigration

Travel Checklist - Passports/visa - know before you go!
Travel Checklist – Know before you go!


  • Valid passports with at least 6 months left to expiration.
  • Visa requirements – if travelling to multiple countries, obtaining a valid visa to each of the country before you travel.
  • If you are travelling to the USA, you will need ESTA

ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorisation

ESTA is a mandatory travel authorisation which you need if you are visiting the US either by Sea or Air for under 90 days. Your visit can be for either tourism, business or just visiting friends and family. Most importantly to be aware is that you need ESTA even if you are in transit.  Most travellers are caught out by this because we assume that travelling VIA may not require an entry authorisation, but we do!

Travel Checklist - Ensure you meet the immigration requirements of your destination country
Ensure you meet the immigration requirements of your destination country

ESTA is available only for travellers whose nationality is derived from countries covered under the Visa Waiver Program.

You can read more on ESTA by clicking the link below.


Failure to obtain an ESTA can lead to denial of entry at the border and a large fine. You are advised to apply as soon as possible.

I have a personal experience in this respect where I was not allowed to board my flight in Tokyo bound for US, which is a whole blog post itself.

However, in other instances, I obtained my ESTA within 72 hours, but apply as soon as you know of your travel plans and don’t leave it till the last minute.

*Have a look at the country’s respective immigration website for information

11 | Vaccinations

Depending on the countries you are travelling to; you may require vaccinations against:

  • Cholera
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • Japanese encephalitis
  • Meningococcal meningitis
  • Measles, mumps and rubella (MMR)
  • Polio

Please check your country’s National Health website for more information.

12 | Travel insurance

Ensure you are fully covered for the duration of your journey including      valuables and equipment. Check whether your home insurance covers your equipment such as your camera.

Travel Checklist - Ensure adequate travel insurance
Travel Checklist – Ensure adequate travel insurance

When considering travel insurance, you will also want to consider whether it is flexible – meaning, whether you can make a claim while you are travelling and the speed at which a claim can be resolved – you will want to be paid as soon as possible!

13 | Inform bank/credit card companies

You need to inform the bank and the credit card company that you are travelling abroad and the country you are travelling to.

Travel Checklist - Inform your credit card company that you are travelling abroad.
Inform your credit card companies that you are travelling abroad.

This is to ensure that the use of your card abroad is not viewed as suspicious. If viewed as suspicious, there is the possibility that your card will be blocked. You will not be able to use it until the ‘block’ is lifted which can only happen when you get in touch with the Fraud Team of the respective financial institutions. You would not want this stress, I am sure. So, inform your bank/credit card company. It only takes a phone call.

Additionally, you may wish to consider using a cash card, top up as and when you need to. Especially so if you are travelling to remote places and you do not want to risk losing cash or your credit cards. Losing your credit cards runs the risk of it being misused by the thieves.

14 | Foreign currencies

Foreign currencies – it is always good to carry some local currency in cash with you. Keep a look-out on the exchange rates and buy them at a rate when it is favourable to you, even if this means a couple of months before the actual travel date.

Travel Checklist - Buy your currency when it is favourable to you
Travel Checklist – Buy your currency when it is favourable to you

It is advised not to use your bank card to withdraw cash at a foreign ATM because you will incur charges for the transactions. In some countries such as China, major credit cards may not be accepted. Only local credit cards are accepted. Best to check before you go.

15 | What to pack?

I am not the best person to advise on what to pack!

Travel Checklist - Pack half the clothes and take twice the money!
Travel Checklist – Pack half the clothes and take twice the money!

I shall share with you the following famous quote of Susan Heller which has helped me of late. I say, of late because I was the sort who would take a suitcase for a weekend getaway instead of a hand luggage – why, because I prepare for various weather conditions, different shoes etc. I am better now, much, much better 😊.

These are the wise words of Susan Heller:

“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money”

16 | Enable mobile roaming

I don’t think this is applicable very much these days and would depend on your carrier and the price plan you have. However, just to be certain, ensure mobile roaming is enabled so that you will be able to use your mobile phone when abroad.

Something you may want to consider when you are travelling for a longer period and unfamiliar countries is to rent a portable mobile wifi device. I found this to be incredibly useful during my stay in Japan

17 | Cancel regular deliveries

This is something that can be easily overlooked – regular deliveries! For example, regular fresh milk delivery. Also, these days, regular grocery orders from local large grocery stores such as Asda/Walmart are more popular. Be sure to cancel these.

18 | Mail delivery

Depending on how long you are away, and if you are away for several weeks, you may want to consider diverting your mail to a P.O. Box. This is helpful to ensure all your mail is in one place, safe and secure and not clogging up your letter box.

19 | Security of your home

Security of your home while you are away on vacation is paramount. You do not want to return to a home that has been ransacked or burgled. A reliable security system in place will give you peace of mind. Alternatively, consider arranging for a trusted person to look into your house every so often while you are away.

20 | Emergency contacts at destination

Ensure you have the phone numbers of your embassy in the country that you are travelling to. You will need this in the event of emergencies

21 | Emergency contacts at home

Ensure you have the contact details of family or friends at home whom you can contact in the event of an emergency.

22 | Hand-luggage restrictions

Hand luggage is the bag you carry through security and keep with you all through your journey. So, please carry only the minimum and what you absolutely need.

Ensure you are fully aware of your hand luggage restrictions.

  • Only One piece of hand luggage. Most airlines allow passengers to carry a handbag too. It is best to check with your airline to make sure.
  • The hand luggage must not exceed 56cm x 45cm x 25cm.
  • Your hand luggage must not contain any prohibited items, and these are listed below:

Prohibited items:

  • Flammable liquids and solids
  • Oxidisers such as bleaching powders
  • Organic peroxides
  • Tear gas devices or any gas cylinders
  • Infectious substances such as live virus materials
  • Wet-cell car batteries
  • Magnetrons
  • Instruments containing mercury – however, thermometers with mercury are permitted in hold luggage (but not hand luggage) only, if they are carried in a protective case
  • Instruments containing magnets
  • Fireworks
  • Toy/replica guns (metal or plastic)
  • Non-safety matches
  • Firelighters, lighter fuel, paints or thinners
  • Poisons, arsenic, cyanide or weedkiller
  • Radioactive materials, acids, corrosives, alkalis or caustic soda
  • Creosote, quicklime or oiled paper
  • Vehicle fuel system parts which have contained fuel
  • Party poppers

You may only carry small amounts of liquids, gels, creams and pastes. These must be in containers marked 100ml or less. These should be placed into one transparent re-sealable bag, measuring 20cm x 20cm which will be screened separately at security.

I would add a comment made by Roz Zito of Not Yet Decrepit Traveler (https://www.notyetdecrepittraveller.net/home-page) of her experiences when travelling:

This is a great list of things to check before travelling, Georgina! I agree that it really pays to do your homework. I would add to the prohibited list for hand baggage water or any liquid over 100 ml, scissors and penknives. I always read the airline information with great care and pack to the ‘weakest link’, i.e. the airline leg of your journey with the least size and weights or both hold and hand baggage. I also recommend checking if you are staying in an airport hotel for a stopover whether you will be allowed to pick up your hold baggage. In most middle-eastern countries you are not. Your hold baggage has to be checked through to your final destination and you need to pack all your needs for an overnight stay into your hand baggage.

R. Zito

UK readers, please click link below:


23 | Name tags/labels/identifier on suitcases

Ensure all your bags, both hold luggage and hand luggage are identified with suitable Name tags. You are advised to have your name and contact details. This is important so that the luggage can be traced back to you if it goes missing.

[Hope for the best but always be prepared for the worst]

24 | Combination locks/suitcase padlocks

Ensure your hold luggage is secured with either combination locks or suitcase padlocks. You will want to have everything you packed at home to be there for you when you arrive at your destination.


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In a nutshell

Well, as you can see, my list is comprehensive. 25 considerations may seem a lot but believe me, it is worth it. It is worth doing all the research, the prep and the mental calculations before you board your flight so that your vacation is stress-free. Even if you face certain challenges while on holiday, you will be in a good place to resolve it.

Is this travel checklist valuable to you in planning your vacation? If so please let me know in comments below or via Contact Form, I would love to hear from you.

Have splendid adventures!


February 2020, Update.

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