As we get ready for those end of year getaways, we thought we would help you out with a handy checklist to help make sure that you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Travel Itinerary

  • Is your booking confirmed?
  • Do you have GPS co-ordinates for where you need to go? Using Google Maps or Waze will help you find the fastest rout and help you avoid congestion while on route.
  • Plan an ideal departure time based on check-in and how long it will take you to get there

Prepare a packing list

Depending on where you are going, this list may vary. We have listed the items for a self-catering getaway that has electricity.

  • Pack one or two extra outfits, especially for kids unless you are going to have access to laundry facilities
  • While most areas of South Africa will have a shop nearby, the costs of goods in small towns is normally higher than in the cities, so taking these with can save a few rands.
  • If you or any of the family needs medication make sure that is packed in.
  • Books, board games and tablets or computers come in really handy. Make sure that you have at least 1 cellphone charger packed in as well.
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On the home front

  • Notify your security company that you will be out of town, or that you will have a house sitter
  • Give a spare set of keys to an emergency contact in case access to your house is required
  • If you have pets will somebody, be coming in to feed them or will you be booking them in to a kennel?
  • If you have pre-paid electricity, make sure there is enough on the meter to keep your fridge and freezer running while you are away. Turn off your geyser when you leave, this can save you as much as 7 or 8 units of electricity a day.
  • Make sure your insurance is up to date.
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Drive safely

  • Has your vehicle been serviced recently? If you are due for a service, we recommend getting it done before rather than after your holiday
  • Are your tyres in good condition
  • For long trips we recommend a driving schedule if you can. 2 hour driving stints per driver keep you as alert as possible.

Pack in your camera, and have a great holiday.