If you’re heading overseas on your hen party, then make sure you have completed everything on the pre-packing checklist and returned your wine glass to the upright position before takeoff! In case of emergency, the corkscrews and bottle openers are situated, here, here and here…
On a slightly more serious note, if you are heading away for your hen weekend, then there are a few extra bits and pieces to take into consideration. So here’s our pre-party checklist of details to ensure you are fully prepared for a hen-tastic weekend away with the girls.
No one likes to get through the big metal doorway only to find and have someone rifling through their perfectly packed luggage. Make sure you know exactly what you can and can’t travel with.
There really is nothing worse than turning up at the airport only to find one of your party’s passport is out of date (and sadly this does happen). Make sure all the girls check their passports well ahead of time.
Also, different nationals will have different travel restrictions or permits so if you have any non-UK passport holders among the hens, ask them to check their own visa requirements in case they differ from the rest of the party.
Thankfully, travelling to Europe after Brexit won’t impact your hen celebrations so long as the following is adhered to. You will be allowed to travel to EU countries and stay for up to 90 days in a 180-day period (as well as to Iceland, Norway and Switzerland).
If you visit Croatia, Cyprus, Romania or Bulgaria, trips to other countries in the EU will not count to your 90-day total. For more info, visit the gov website.
We always advise you to check exchange rates before you travel. In some cases, it can actually be cheaper to exchange money overseas using banking cashpoints. Remember, if you are using credit cards, there might be added fees. Also credit card payments to local suppliers in foreign countries may not be protected.
If you are exchanging money overseas only ever use recognised banks or agencies.
Changing money at the airport is not the best idea as their rates are often sky-high. The Post Office still offer one of the most competitive rates on the high street if you’re exchanging before you travel.
European Health Insurance Cards will remain valid after Brexit if you’re visiting an EU country and entitle you to heavily discounted or even free medical treatment. If you don’t have a valid EHIC, you can apply for a Global Health Insurance Card which also allows you the right to state-provided healthcare in the EU.
If for any reason you find yourself needing emergency medical assistance:
Should you require any further assistance after that, then you can contact us any time via our emergency out of hours number which is manned 24 hours a day – 07590 296246.
Always do this through a trusted source. We, of course, would recommend that you organise all your travel requirements through GoHen.com. Not only because we'll do a fantastic job for you, but we'll also save you time during your weekend by having everything organised in advance. However you travel, always think practically and be aware of the risks, use recognised licensed taxis and public transport.
If you have any special travel requirements, please let us know as far in advance as possible. We work hard to tailor all our weekends to suit each individual hen party.
To check for details of any destinations you might be planning to visit in the near future, check out the foreign office advice page.