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Packing Checklist For A Lady Of Leisure

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There is no greater way to spend your time than visiting other countries and seeing the world. However, your holiday can be less than relaxing if you get to the airport or even your accommodation and realise that you’ve forgotten something really important. The easiest way to avoid this is to write a checklist of everything that you need to take with you and tick it off as you go along. Luckily for you, I’ve already written down the basics, so you just need to remember the small stuff.

Passport & Boarding PassYou’re not going to go anywhere if you’ve forgotten your passport or boarding pass, so you need to be sure to check and double check that you’ve got it in your bag. These days you can often have your boarding pass saved on your phone, so be sure you do this and have a paper copy, just to be safe.

Large Handbag or BackpackAs well as a big suitcase, it’s likely that you’re going to want to take a large bag with you as carry on luggage. This bag should be filled with essentials for the plane, such as snacks, water, a book or kindle, your phone, your purse, and anything else you need. This bag can then be used during your holiday for days out and store snacks and essentials or can be doubled as a beach bag and look after your towel.

Phone & ChargerSome people use a holiday as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life, but this doesn’t mean that you have to leave your phone behind. Your phone can be used for a range of different things on your trip, such as for maps and directions, for music, as a translator, and to call the home or emergency services, just in case there is an emergency.

MoneyDon’t forget to exchange your currency before you go away. If you do it at the airport or when you get to your destination, it’s likely to cost you a lot more for the same amount of money. Shop around for the best rates a couple of weeks before you leave, and make sure you have this cash with you when you leave.

ClothesYour destination and the length of your trip is going to determine the type and number of clothing articles that you need to take with you. For example, if you’re going to The Caribbean for a week, then you’re going to need a floral dress or two, shorts, a swimming costume, and at least three t-shirts, whereas a weekend in Paris would require jeans and a comfortable jacket.

ToiletriesIf you’re only going away for a short while, then you should only need travel sized bottles of shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. If you’re going away for a couple of weeks, it might make more sense to buy these things while you’re out there. You should also remember deodorant, sunblock, your toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, insect repellant, sanitary products, and plasters for blisters.

Travel AdaptorAs already mentioned, your phone is incredibly important, but it will be absolutely no use to you if you’ve forgotten that your travel adaptor. Not every country has the same plug type, so you need to ensure that you have an adaptor to be able to charge your phone (and any other electricals you decide to take with you). If you like to travel a lot, then a worldwide travel adapter may be the best option for you, as you then don’t have to buy new adapters whenever you go somewhere new.

EntertainmentYou may have chosen a destination specifically because of its amazing weather, but there’s always a chance that the weather is going to turn, and that you are going to get stuck in your hotel room with absolutely nothing to do. To avoid this, make sure that you pack something that can entertain you. If you’re going with your family or friends, then board games and card games are a great option. You could also download films, tv shows, and books onto a tablet, which is perfect for during your flight.

Remembering to pack everything you need for when you go away can be a difficult task, so there is always going to be something that you leave behind. If this happens, try not to stress; I’m sure you’ll be able to find somewhere that sells what you need. Regardless, this list should reduce your chances of forgetting anything, leaving you to relax.

 

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How to Handle a Travel Crisis Confidently

Life doesn’t take a break even if you go away on vacation. Many of us have experienced – or have yet to experience – the dread of being in a foreign country when something goes terribly wrong. It could be as simple as having all of your stuff stolen, as unsettling as falling ill in a strange country, or as traumatic as losing a loved one at home while you’re away.

 

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No matter what kind of crisis you’re going through, it’s important to have a backup plan and be prepared. Here is a list of the most common things that can go wrong on vacation, making it easier to stay calm and confident when you need it the most.

 

Lost luggage

Let’s start with the most innocent one – as well as the most common one. If you have experienced the long minutes of watching the luggage carousel slowly emptying out, anticipating your own bag any moment now – and then seeing that other red suitcase return for a fifth time, you start to realize that it’s not going to happen. It’s not coming.

While you might feel a bit lost and thoroughly disappointed with your airliner, the first thing you should do is get in touch with those waiting for you. It’s tempting to immediately join the queue of other tourists who have also lost their luggage but, depending on the country you’re in, the wait can be quite long.

Give them a quick call, fill in the form, and collect your bag in a few days. In the meantime, buy yourself some clean underwear and laugh it off.

 

Losing a loved one

It’s strange how we just get a feeling that something is wrong; that text from someone who would never contact you while you’re abroad, a quick phone call telling you to call your siblings immediately – it makes your heart stop for a second. This rather long but rewarding read tells the story of a traveler who lost his mom while vacationing, and how the simple act of keeping your chin up and staying positive can determine the rest of your stay.

In some cases, however, it’s not an alternative to keep your chin up – especially if the loss was completely unexpected. This is when a backup of savings can make it a lot easier to get back home quickly, a friendly loan from a family member or simply looking at payday installment loans to cover your sudden travel expenses.

It’s in times like these that you need something to fall back on – as well as support from your family at home.

 

Medical claims

While we all think we’re destined to stay healthy on holiday, the chances are actually quite high for needing medical attention when you’re abroad. Dehydration, strange bacterias, and the sheer exhaustion of being in a foreign country can be enough for your organism to need some attention from a doctor.

Make sure that you have a comprehensive travel insurance handy before you leave and include your travel companion on it as well – it will be reassuring for both of you.

 

Being mugged

That many tourists before you have been mugged should come as no surprise. It’s a reason for all the warnings and bids to keep your personal belongings close to you – and remember that thieves are sneaky. Luckily, the experience doesn’t have to be as dramatic as being held at gunpoint; they’ll steal your phone without you even realizing that it’s gone, so befriend your fanny pack and leave your most valuable possessions in a safe.

You’re more likely to be mugged in a crowded place and near tourists attractions, so be extra vigilant when you’re out and about. They like to target people who are distracted – by a street entertainer, for example, and you’d be wise to stay alert and keep your eyes open. Your friend will undoubtedly be grateful for your shout when you see someone with their hands down their purse.

You can usually claim your things back through your travel insurance, though, so there’s no reason for despair. Prepare yourself for a few hours at the police station, fill out whatever form they want you to fill out, and be more careful next time.

 

Life can be inconsiderate and ruthless, no matter how prepared you are for fun and relaxation. Treat yourself to a positive attitude, assess your options, and consider whether getting yourself on a plane back home is the best thing to do. In either case, you’ll be able to make an experience out of it.

 

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Staying Safe In The Most Dangerous Countries In The World

Traveling to western countries is fairly safe. They have the same safety measures that you would have at home, and you know how everything works. That makes it far more difficult for people to take advantage of you. However, some of the more exotic countries in the world are wildly different to our own. Lots of them are also quite unstable politically which can pose a lot of dangers for travelers. One option is to avoid these countries altogether, but that would be a shame because they are some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Places like South America are considered risky places to go, but there are wonderful things to see there. Some parts of Africa have a similar reputation and there are a lot of risks involved in going there. Some people will shy away from those countries, but others are more adventurous than that. If that sounds like you, here are a few tips on staying safe when you’re traveling to dangerous countries.

 

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Secure Your Luggage

Theft is a massive risk in some countries. Tourists that don’t know the place very well are vulnerable and often become targets. You can avoid it to an extent by keeping your wits about you and doing some research on how these people operate. However, the best way to stop yourself getting robbed is to secure your luggage. That means you shouldn’t go for cheap suitcases that are easily broken into, make sure that you get the best luggage available. Having more secure luggage will likely put potential thieves off trying to steal from you because they are looking for easy targets. It also means that if people go into your room looking to steal from your case, they’ll have a hard time.

 

Plan Your Route Carefully

Kidnappings are another common danger in lots of countries. Criminals will take tourists and demand a ransom. If your family and friends haven’t got a clue whereabouts in the country you are, it will be difficult for them to find you. That’s why it’s important to plan your route carefully. You can avoid any of the highest risk areas to reduce the chance of anything happening in the first place. Having a carefully planned route also means that you can give an itinerary to friends and family so that if you do go missing, they’ll have an idea about where you are.

 

How Dangerous Is It?

While these countries are dangerous, you probably get a distorted view from the media. The reality is that usually there are certain areas that are very dangerous, while other parts of the country are fairly safe. By doing a bit of research beforehand, you can find out which parts of the country are very dangerous, and avoid those places.

 

Health Dangers

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Crime isn’t the only danger when you’re traveling to exotic countries. You also expose yourself to all sorts of diseases that you aren’t going to be immunized against. If you don’t do your homework then you could find your holiday being cut short by a serious illness. Go to see your doctor and they will be able to tell you exactly what jabs you’ll need and set up some appointments. You also need to make sure that you have health insurance because if you need to visit a hospital while you’re out there and you don’t have insurance to cover it, you could come back with a massive bill as well as a bag full of souvenirs.

 

Don’t Show Off

Thieves are going to be looking out for the people that have the best stuff to steal. That’s pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people show off what they’ve got on them. Don’t do anything that can give away how much you’re carrying. Don’t carry all of your money with you in one place because if you get it out in public, people will see that pile of cash and you instantly become a target. You should also avoid wearing any expensive clothes or watches that might suggest that you’ve got a lot of money with you.

 

Don’t Drink Too Much

Everybody enjoys a drink or two while they’re on holiday and that’s fine. But if you have too much to drink, you make yourself a target. Criminals are constantly on the lookout for tourists that have had one too many. It makes you far easier to lead away to somewhere that you can be robbed, and you are far less aware of what is going on around you. While it’s ok to have a couple, make sure that you’re always aware of what’s going on.

 

 

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First Aid Kit Must-haves for Your Travels

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Whenever you go traveling, you need to make sure that you’re going to be safe. Even if you’re going to a safe country, where you don’t need to worry about disease or dangerous animals, you should still think about how to stay healthy. You might only be walking around a safe city, but you could still fall over or get sunburn. There are lots of useful things you could pack into a first aid kit, but you don’t need to take too much with you. Even if you only want to take a small bag, you can fit a range of handy medications and supplies in it. You can start off by buying a ready-made first aid kit, but you might need to add some of the following things.

 

Supplies for Treating Injuries

 

There are lots of ways you can hurt yourself when you’re traveling, from sunburn to cuts, bruises and even sprains. Having a few basic supplies makes it easy to take care of simple things without having to search for someone to help you. For example, antiseptic wipes and band-aids will help you clean out a cut and keep it clean. A couple of different types of bandages can help with bigger wounds or perhaps with strains to joints or muscles. Remember to also pack a pair of small scissors so that you can cut things to size.

 

Preventative Medications

 

There are some important medications you might need to take to stop yourself getting sick. In some places, you might need to get a prescription for Malarone malaria tablets so you can reduce the risk of getting malaria. Destinations where there might be a risk include a number of countries, including some in South America, Asia and Africa. Another preventative medication you could need in some places is altitude sickness tablets. If you’re planning to climb any mountains, they can help to prevent the symptoms of altitude sickness by making it easier for your body to absorb oxygen. Don’t forget to take any usual medications you take too, such as asthma inhalers. Also, remember that anything that protects you from the sun (or the cold) will help to prevent illness and injury too.

 

 

Painkillers

 

A headache might not be the end of the world, but it can put a damper on your travels. If you want to treat aches and pains, it’s always useful to have painkillers on you. While you can pick them up in a pharmacy when you get to your destination, it’s easier to have them on you. Plus, you might be going somewhere more remote. Blister packs will keep each pill separate so that they’re less affected by moisture. Be careful in some Arab countries, as any painkillers containing codeine could get you in trouble with the law.

 

Digestive Medications

 

All kinds of things can go wrong with your digestion, especially when you’re traveling and eating unfamiliar foods. Whether you’re feeling nervous or you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t have, some handy medications to treat your tummy can help you feel better. Medicines for diarrhea and constipation are useful, as are medicines for heartburn and indigestion. It’s also a good idea to have something to help replace electrolytes if you lose fluids through vomiting or diarrhea.

 

Practising Safe Personal Intimacy

 

Traveling can mean meeting new people or perhaps traveling with your partner. Even if you’re not expecting to have intimacy with anyone on your travels, it pays to be cautious. You should take whatever precautions you do at home, from continuing the use of birth control medications to using condoms. It’s often a good idea to buy condoms at home so that you know they’re good quality. Condoms are the best way to prevent both pregnancy and STD, so make sure you pack some.
 

 

 

Water Purification Tablets

 

In many places around the world, the water in homes and other buildings is perfectly safe to drink. However, there are some places where you need to exercise more caution. You might decide to stick to drinking purchased bottled water. However, it’s also useful to have a water purification system or tablets with you. These can also be used if you’re camping or out in the wilderness and need to purify fresh water before drinking it. You can find them in pharmacies as well as outdoor stores. You can use iodine tablets, special filter devices, or chlorine tablets.

 

Taking your own first aid kit on your travels helps you to be more self-sufficient. You can take care of a range of problems on your own and help others too.
 
 
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