Before you travel

Things to think about before your holiday

To help make sure your holiday is everything that you hope for, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and check out what might be important to you. Planning ahead will help give you the peace of mind that your holiday will run smoothly. 

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) website offers up to date travel advice for all holiday destinations including entry requirements, medication restrictions, health, health and safety, security, local laws, local customs and much more. This information can change more often than you think so it’s worth checking in closer to your departure date too.

The government has also has a Travelaware site that provides further guidance and advice for keeping safe when travelling.

You can find the latest easyJet holidays travel updates here.

We cannot stress enough how important it is take out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking. Before taking out the insurance, make sure you check that the policy covers the activities and sports that you may participate in. The cost of international healthcare can be significant, insurance does more than pay for it, it can also provide the support to get the best care and get you home afterwards.

You can buy travel insurance with our partner Zurich, or from any other reputable supplier.

Remember to take a copy of your policy with you, especially the emergency assistance contact number. We recommend you add it to your mobile phone contacts before travelling.

Remember that the free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) only entitles you to basic state medical care in participating countries; it does not cover you for repatriation.

Leave a copy of your travel details with your next of kin or an emergency contact.

For up to date travel health information visit the UK Government’s Travel Health Pro website.

For questions around vaccinations, please visit the NHS websiteIt is worth remembering that some vaccinations need to be taken up to several weeks in advance of travel. Be sure to check what you need well in advance of your departure date.

You can find all the information you need about flying with medical conditions here, it covers medicine, medical conditions and equipment. It is recommended that you take enough medicine to cover your holiday and a few additional days in case of any unforeseen circumstances.

If you are pregnant, you can travel up until the end of your 35th week (32nd week for multiple pregnancies) and you don’t need to bring a medical certificate. Some seats on board the aircraft are restricted but we show you which ones when you're picking them. 

Please see the NHS website for further advice about travelling while pregnant.

When you fly with easyJet, we’ll always try our best to help, but we can’t guarantee that our aircraft will be allergen or nut free.  If you or a member of your party suffers from an allergy, you need to tell us before you fly, and it’s vital that you inform the cabin crew when boarding. Our cabin crew will make an announcement asking other passengers to avoid eating nut products during the flight. We won’t sell any products with nut traces on board the aircraft.

If you have any allergies, it is your responsibility to carry the appropriate medication to manage your condition and inform our cabin crew when you come on board. You can find out more about traveling with medicine, medical conditions and equipment here

For more advice about travelling with an allergy, visit Allergy UK’s website.

Travelling with a condition that requires any form of additional assistance can provide additional challenges to travellers. In addition to the usual checks of passports, visas, vaccinations etc., there are likely to be additional things that need sorting out to help ensure your holiday goes to plan.  Our best advice is always to talk to us in advance.  Don’t leave things to chance.  Not everywhere works for everyone, so if you get stuck or aren’t quite sure that you’ve got exactly what you need, check out ABTA’s guidance or get in touch, our team are here to help.

ABTA provide detailed guides to aide your preparation and planning at every stage of your journey. Whether a seasoned traveller or novice, there are helpful checklists and guides on how to work with us and the service providers to make sure your needs and rights are properly taken care of.  

It can be a really good idea to take a first aid kit on your travels. It will mean you’ll have what you may need at hand when you need it. This is particularly important if travelling with children and you require child friendly items.

Here are some suggested first aid kit contents, however this will depend on your circumstances. It’s recommend that if you have an epipen for your allergy that you carry it on your person at all times and not pack it away in the first aid kit

  • Antiseptic
  • Painkillers
  • Wound-cleaning gauze
  • Sterile dressings
  • Bandage tape
  • Plasters
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Thermometer
  • Antihistamines
  • Sunburn treatment
  • Insect repellent
  • Insect bite treatment
  • Medication for pre-existing conditions
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti-diarrhoea medicine
  • Rehydration sachets
  • Anti-malaria medication
  • Tissues
  • Antiseptic hand wash
  • Spare contact lenses
  • Condoms