There are some things you just have to do before you go on holiday. Here's a list to help jog your memory before you leave the house.
If travelling from overseas
Make sure you know where your passport is and that it has not expired. You may need to obtain travel visas to visit New Zealand so please allow plenty of time for this (you can visit www.immigration.govt.nz to see current regulations)
Arrange appropriate travel insurance cover
Purchase some destination currency to get your trip started (you can always buy more when you arrive)
Before you leave
Check you've received all tickets and confirmed your bookings at least two working days prior to departure
Arrange childcare, pet sitter and house sitter
Leave the 'do' and 'do not' list for your teenagers staying at home!
Cancel your newspaper and organise someone to regularly clear your letterbox
Leave a copy of your itinerary and contact details with someone from home
On day of departure secure your house - lock all doors and windows and unplug electrical appliances and always double check you have your passport!
Essential prescription medication to last for the duration of your trip
Clothes to accommodate all weather possibilities - but always try to pack light!
Hand luggage, especially if you're flying, should include travel documentation, money, valuables (camera etc), medication, change of clothes and entertainment (iPod, book, magazine etc). Please ensure you check with the airline you are travelling with to ensure you comply with the current policy of carrying liquids on board the aircraft.
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