While travelling comes with many benefits, it also has its downsides in terms of comfort and practicality. And while it seems difficult to bring the comforts of your home along, it’s not impossible. Being physically comfortable can help prevent jet lag, fatigue, stress and other health issues, fully immersing yourself in the experience and creating lasting memories. And being prepared can help prevent stress and anxiety in the event that something goes wrong. So with the experience of hindsight, here are 5 practical travel tips to help ensure your next adventure is a good one!
Dress in layers
Dressing in layers can help you stay comfortable by allowing you to adjust to changing temperatures and weather conditions. You can add or remove clothing as needed, rather than being stuck in one outfit that may not suit the current weather. A base layer of moisture-wicking clothing can keep you dry. A middle layer, such as a sweater or a light jacket, can provide insulation and warmth. And an outer layer, like a coat or a rain jacket, can protect you from the elements.
It’s worth noting that your layers start with what you wear underneath. So you want to ensure that your bras, underwear, etc., not only fit perfectly but are also comfortable on your body. This way, adding layers will not make you feel uncomfortable from underneath. Before you set off, take the time to find your bra size, ideal underwear fabric, good-fitting singlet, breathable boxer shorts, etc.
Pack a neck pillow and eye mask
A neck pillow and an eye mask are essential travel accessories that can help you stay comfortable during long flights, train rides, or car trips. They support your head and neck, preventing them from falling forward or to the side, which can cause pain and discomfort. On the other hand, an eye mask blocks light and noise, allowing you to sleep better and more soundly. A neck pillow and an eye mask can help you relax and rest more easily, even in less-than-ideal sleeping conditions. They are also lightweight and easy to pack, making them perfect for travel.
Drinking plenty of water can help prevent jet lag and keep you feeling refreshed. Staying hydrated is crucial when travelling as it helps keep your body functioning properly and can prevent discomfort. On the other hand, dehydration can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headache, and dry skin. To stay hydrated, drink water regularly throughout the day, especially when travelling by plane, as the cabin air is dry. Avoid drinks such as alcohol and caffeine.
If you’re travelling to a hot and humid destination, drinking more water than usual is a good idea to compensate for the increased sweat loss. As a tip, pack a water bottle and refill it as needed. Eating foods high in water content, such as fruits and vegetables, can also help keep you hydrated, so keep this in mind.
Pack comfortable shoes
Comfortable shoes are a must-have when travelling as they can help prevent discomfort and make your trip more enjoyable. They help prevent foot pain, blisters, and other foot-related issues. As far as practical travel tips goes, this is one of the most essential. When choosing shoes for travel, make sure they are made of breathable materials to prevent your feet from overheating.
Opt for options with good arch support and a cushioned sole to provide added comfort during long walks or standing. Avoid wearing new shoes for the first time while travelling, as this can lead to blisters and pain. Pack an extra pair in case your feet get tired or wet.
Make Copies Of Travel Documents
In this day and age, we rely heavily on our smartphones. However, there is still a case for hard copies of travel documents. Keeping documents such as flight schedules, hotel vouchers, passports, and covid-vaccine records in paper form or a photocopy is a smart idea. What if your luggage goes missing, or your phone dies, or gets stolen or lost? Having a paper backup safely stored in your travel document holder is a good idea.
Before you head off on your next epic travel adventure, I hope these practical travel tips will guide you. They can make your life easier when travelling and provide a little more reassurance that even when something doesn’t go to plan, there is a backup.
Check out some of my other travel tips posts:
- Tips for travelling with a baby or toddler,
- What to pack for a weekend away with kids
- Important documentation
- The difference between International Health Insurance and Travel Insurance
Safe travels on your next adventure.