Tips and Tricks for HOLIDAY STRESS
Hunkemöller ambassador & fashionista Klara has listed some tips & tricks for dealing with holiday stress. Perfect!
GOING on holiday is one of my favourite things to do. Away from the daily grind, stress, exploring new horizons, getting to really relax for once, experiencing new adventures…
LEAVING to go on holiday, on the other hand, is one of my least favourite things to do. Half an hour before departure, all those panic questions are buzzing around my head. Did I pack everything? Is my passport still valid? Will I be on time to catch my flight? Will there be much traffic congestion? Have I had all the vaccinations I need? Did I remember to lock the front door? Etc. Having arrived at the airport, I start to worry that my suitcase is too heavy, even though half an hour before I stood on the scales three times holding my suitcase to check that the weight really was right. In order to avoid all this stress, I have a few tips, do’s, lists I solemnly commit myself to follow.
HERE THEY ARE:
Start in good time: CHECK
Make checklists for your city break or long-haul trip and stick to them. Subdivide those lists into different categories: a clothing checklist, a checklist for everything that needs to go in your suitcase, a checklist of everything you need to do before you go away, etc. In this way, you’ll bring some order to the chaos in your head and you can be almost 99% sure that you won’t forget anything. Get that pink marker pen out and start ticking things off. CHECK, CHECK AGAIN, DOUBLE CHECK!
Before you leave to go on holiday, it’s best to charge your laptop, mobile phone, camera, tablet etc. COMPLETELY. And be sure to take a power bank with you for when you are on the road, so you can always charge your electronic devices if the batteries do run down. You can just see it happening – two hours’ delay and your mobile phone/tablet/laptop shows no sign of life. That’s when you’ll see the minutes literally crawl by. Nowadays you can save all your tickets on your smartphone, but I still deliberately go for the old school method of printing them out on paper. You never know if it’s going to be one of those days when your phone decides to take a swim in the toilet bowl…
The best tip I ever got from an experienced traveller is that you need to be rested before you go on holiday. Try to sleep at least 8 hours the night before you leave and don’t plan lots of important deadlines for the previous day. Don’t forget that long flights, transfers and spending lots of hours in the car are fatal for your energy levels. Have an early departure planned anyway? Crawl into bed early and set your alarm clock with plenty of time to spare, so you can take the time to wake up.
It’s a real hype lately – everywhere you look there are juices, quinoa cakes, humus dips, energy bars, nut bars… But I have to confess, I have totally fallen for the healthy lifestyle, I LOVE IT! If you’re rested and healthy, you’ll automatically also feel more energetic. Travel can be very tiring, and it’s nice if you still have some energy left on arrival to stop in at that nice cocktail bar.
Before you travel, buy magazines, books, download that latest series… Nothing makes the time fly like an exciting scene in your favourite series or the latest summer trends in the latest fashion magazine. Forgot to buy that one particular book you wanted to read? Not to worry, there are always plenty of opportunities to buy something on the road (usually at a slightly higher price than in your local supermarket).
Always carry your personal items – such as medicines, make-up, chargers, spare clothes etc. – in your hand luggage. That way, you have all the important things in the same place and you can manage for a night without your main luggage should it mysteriously get lost. Believe me, I speak from experience – you’ll really, really thank yourself for it!
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