You have worked hard all year and are in need of a vacation but now it is that time of the year when you are all set and ready to go on your European holiday. Or at least you think that you are all set. It is very easy to forget to pack important items, such as your European Health Card, amidst the excitement of going on your well-deserved break. So just in case you forget to pack that important item or document here are a few essential things to remember to bring with you on holiday.
It might seem so obvious, but it is too easy to leave behind the essentials such as your passport, tickets and money. Before setting off on your holiday, remember to check that your passport is valid and the money that you are carrying is in the right currency for the country which you are travelling to. Even little things such as a toothbrush and phone charger can be easily missed so check and then check again to make sure these are lying somewhere in your suitcase.
When packing clothes, always take the amount which you are going to need. Bear in mind where you are travelling and take in to account the type of clothes you will need. So for example if you are spending two weeks on the sunny beaches of Ibiza, it would be advisable to pack a sunhat, bikini and flip flops instead of ear muffs, a woolly jumper and a thermal jacket. It is also a good idea to check in advance with your hotel to find out if they supply towels to try and save space inside your suitcase.
Always remember to take your European Health Card when travelling abroad. Hopefully you will not fall ill during your well-deserved holiday but if you did fall ill and required medical treatment the European Health Insurance Card would grant you access to free (or reduced cost) healthcare while travelling in Europe. If you do not already have a European Health Insurance Card, you can apply online. You can apply for yourself, a partner and up to four dependent children under the age of eighteen.
If you are travelling to a hot European country for your holiday remember to include a bottle of sun cream in your suitcase. This does not necessarily apply if you are planning a skiing trip in the Swiss Alps but if you are living life to the full in Ibiza and partying hard on the beach it is essential to wear sun cream to protect your body from UVA and UVB rays which can do serious damage to your skin.
It might also be handy to carry a phrase book which is relevant to the country you are planning on spending your holiday at. This can be used to overcome any potential language barriers you may encounter with the locals when asking for directions to the nearest bar.