By Nico Strydom
The end of the year might still be a few months away, but time flies, so start planning for that end of the year break-away now.
If you are only going to travel locally, it is essential to make sure your vehicle is in good condition to ensure that you arrive at and depart from your destination safely.
“Cars need to be serviced well ahead of your trip. Also check caravans and trailers and see to it that all the tyres are in good condition and whether they should rather be replaced,” says the Automobile Association (AA). Many people leave it to the last minute, which means you might possibly not be able to get an appointment to have your car serviced.
Arrangements for accommodation should also be finalised as soon as possible. “If for example you are travelling to a neighbouring country, you have to take precautions against malaria. It is also important to prepare your first aid kit and other medical aids and make sure you have everything you need.”
Travellers should also make sure timeously which travel documents they will need for their chosen destination. “When you want to travel overseas, you need a passport and possibly a visa. Special arrangements also need to be made to travel with children. Make sure you are well prepared and sort everything out now rather than waiting until two to three months before the time and possibly not being able to get everything done.”
The AA gives the following travel tips to prepare you for your break-away:
- Have your car serviced well ahead of time.
- Make sure your car’s licence, your driving license and other essential documents are still valid.
- Check if your car’s first aid kit contains sufficient and all the necessary stock.
- Also check your car’s emergency equipment to make sure you have requirements such as a triangle, jack and a pump for your tyres.
- Remember to pack all the medication that you might need.
- Book and confirm accommodation and make sure that any special needs are ccatered for.
- Check the expiry dates of passports and other travel documents and make sure there is enough time for them to be renewed if necessary.
“If you start preparing for a holiday – whether locally or internationally – earlier, it will make for a more pleasant experience and ensure that problems that arise can be addressed in time, rather than you becoming panic-stricken when you realise that you don’t have enough time to make provision for contingencies.”