Travel can be entertaining, relaxing and even awe-inspiring. But whether you’re heading through the Channel Tunnel or taking a round-the-world trip, the potential for stress among the excitement of travel is still very much there. To have the best trip possible, you’ll want to follow a few tips to avoid stress. Perhaps the most important advice is regarding your health. If you’re hydrated while travelling, you’ll have a much better time of it, especially in hot countries, so drink plenty of water and keep bottles of it with you as much as you can. If you’ve got medicine with you, transfer it to a pillbox so that you can keep track of what needs to be taken when and place this in a carry-on bag to ensure the medication stays safe.
Another health matter revolves around ensuring your body is fighting fit while you’re on a plane or on a long bus journey. If you’re in these situations, get up and have a quick stroll every so often to keep the circulation flowing, or else avoid tight items like socks that could prohibit circulation. When driving for several hours, follow the aforementioned tips and remember to take regular breaks to prevent the long journey from getting to you mentally and physically.
Luggage of some kind is essential on a trip, but losing it or packing inappropriately can result in a lot of hassle. If you’re packing lightly and just have hand luggage, ensure you’ve packed correctly by checking the airline’s regulations before you go to the airport. This means placing liquids in see-through bags and weighing your luggage so that you won’t experience problems while heading through security. Hold luggage that weighs over the set amount will mean you paying out, so watch for that too.
You’ll need at least a passport with you on your trip if you’re going abroad, but there might be other documentation to bring along too. The latter could include a driving licence if you’re planning to rent a car while travelling for example, while if you’ve got a European health card, grab that if you’re heading to a country in the EU. Check that your passport will be in date well before your trip, so that you can arrange for a new one if it’s not.
In fact, preparing well in advance is always a good idea when a trip is looming. These days it’s easy to get foreign currency out while you’re there, but if you can get a few coins in change – perhaps from a friend who has visited that country recently – you may find it saves time at the airport when you reach your destination. You can also avoid wasting time while at UK airports by checking in online beforehand, if this option is available to you.