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09 Mar 10 Steps to a Stress-Free Holiday

Travelling overseas for a holiday can be a stressful and uncomfortable time for many people. While the ultimate destination may prove to be worth it, the panic and to-do-list can grow rapidly before you even leave for your holiday. However it doesn’t have to be that way and to help ensure you get the break you deserve, we’ve compiled a list of our 10 tips to help you get through the journey to your destination as simply and smoothly as possible:

Make copies – Copies of your passport and other documents such as travel and health insurance are always good to have in case of emergencies.

Bring a portable charger – depending on your destination, plug sockets could be few and far between. A portable charger will ensure you’re not left stranded without battery – just make sure you’ve charged it fully before travelling.

Contact your bank – make sure you let your bank know that you’re heading away. The last thing you want is your bank freezing your account when you try to use your card abroad due to suspicion of fraudulent activity on your account.

Move around – depending on the length of your flight and whether it’s direct or not, we recommend going for quick walk every couple of hours. Doing this ensures regular blood flow, which will help prevent the possibility of developing blood clots.

Bring adapters – check what type of adapter is required and bring at least one if not two with you (they seem to have a way of disappearing!!) to make sure you can actually use the electronics you bring with you.

Invest in earplugs and an eye mask – trying to sleep on a long haul flight, a noisy city or a busy hotel or hostel can be quite difficult. An eye mask will help block out any harsh lights, while ear plugs are great for blocking out noise which will both help you have the most peaceful flight possible.

Hydrate – A lack of humidity in the air when flying means that it’s much easier to become de-hydrated. Drink water little and often during your flight and avoid anti-diuretic drinks such as tea, coffee and alcohol which will all add to your de-hydration.

Comfortable clothing – Aeroplanes aren’t comfortable for passengers at the best of times so make sure you wear comfortable, roomy clothes. Don’t forget layers – planes can get very cold and airline blankets are usually quite thin.

Snacks – Aeroplane food can leave a lot to be desired and depending on the airline carrier can be costly too. Bringing a few healthy snacks with you on board will help save you money and help you to avoid feeling sluggish when getting off the plane. However, check with your airline beforehand as not all places allow you to bring snacks through security so you may have to purchase them after you’ve gone through security.

Take out insurance – Remember to ensure you have travel and home insurance before you set off on your travels; travel insurance will cover you if anything happens while you’re on your trip; while home insurance protects you from any thefts or accidents that may occur on your property while you’re away.

After you’ve done all this there’s only one step left, enjoying your holiday!

Jennifer McCormack
McCormackJ@theaa.ie