Here is a list of 10 things I always remember to do or check when I’m planning our travels:

  1. Passports. It’s a very good idea to check your passports. Does everybody have one? Remember that infants also need one. Are the passports still valid? And do not just check the expiry date. Many countries require passports to be valid for up to six months longer than your intended stay, so check that beforehand. Here is a useful list.
  2. Health Insurance. If you are an EU citizen, you need to make sure you have your blue health insurance card with you to avoid having to pay for treatment up front. Read more here.
  3. Travel insurance. Get a good one. It is worth it. Make sure it covers your luggage too, so you have money to buy new clothes if the airline misplaces your suitcase. Your credit card may have you covered already. Check that.
  4. Visas (if needed). Some countries you did not expect to ask for travel visas, do. The US allows some citizens to enter under the so called, Visa Waiver Program. Read more about that here.
  5. Vaccinations. Does everyone in your family have the right vaccinations for your destination? I always check www.ssi.dk (Danish) or www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations (English)
  6. General travel advice. Plus current situation in the countries you are travelling to, can be found at: www.um.dk (Danish) or https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice (English)
  7. Car rental. Make sure to rent through a well established company, for example Avis or Budget. If you want a cheaper option, make sure to avoid most search engines as you often end up with a lot of surcharges at the airport upon arrival. My favourite search engine for cheap rentals is: www.economycarrentals.com as their prices are transparant and reliable. Print and bring all required documents, so you have proof of your booking.
  8. Weather. Does your suitcase suit the weather? Check the forecast. I prefer: www.bbc.com/weather
  9. Copies. It is a good idea to place a copy of all your family’s passports, flight tickets, hotel reservations and health and travel insurance documents in your carry-on. If you lose the originals, you still have a copy.
  10. A small notebook. With important phone numbers such as travel insurance, local embassy and your closest friends/family back home. If you lose your phone, you will thank yourself. This list is also a good idea to email to yourself, so you can bring it up even if you lose or can not access your belongings.

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