1. Compile electronic packing checklists for each type of trip you take. These lists can then be easily be updated as required and can incorporate useful pre-travel reminders such as “Recharge Kindle” or “Order online groceries to arrive on return”.
2. Consider homeopathic medicine when visiting risky destinations instead of undergoing harmful vaccinations which can produce long term health problems. For more information visit homeopathyplus.com/what-are-homeopathic-prophylactics/.
3. Keep a paper note of any important contact details somewhere easily accessible in the unfortunate event of your mobile phone being lost or stolen.
4. When travelling overseas in a twosome, apportion half of your clothing into each other’s suitcases so that if one of the suitcases gets delayed you still have something clean to wear in the interim.
5. Pack just enough of each toiletry product for the duration of the trip so that you don’t bring home any bulky bottles. This way you have extra room to bring home a holiday souvenir! I put my regular toiletries aside when they are down to the “holiday ready” amount.
6. Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to have a hearty restaurant meal which will keep you far more satiated for a long journey than the usual meagre airline offerings. Doing this also helps you unwind and ease yourself into holiday mode.
7. Pack a snowflake obsidian crystal and place it on your bedside table. This stone clears energy from the previous room’s occupants, helps to balance mind, body and spirit and promotes peaceful sleep, particularly useful with an unfamiliar bed.
8. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the fire exit procedure on arrival at all new accommodation. I never use to bother with the back-of-the-door-drill until I worked for the railway industry. Their key message “safety first” is now deeply ingrained in my conscious!
9. Edit your photographs at the end of each day and retain only the very best. It makes future viewing far more pleasurable when you know you don’t have hundreds of similar snaps to plough through. It engages your audience back at home more too.
10. Don’t over plan what to do at your destination – go with the flow and enjoy the adventure!