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5 ways to reduce pre-holiday stress

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Family holidays are always a fantastic opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time with the people you love however a lot of people find it really stressful in the build up to going away. Here’s five ways to reduce pre-holiday stress when you go away with the family. 

Make lists

Lists are a great way to write down everything that you need for your holiday. It allows you to brainstorm and get ideas onto paper so you can check you have all the essentials. Write a list for each stage of the holiday so break it all down noting down everything you need; stuff for travelling with, the airport, on holiday, at the beach, days out, etc. Then break it down into each category so under the heading ‘beach’ include things needed at the beach; beach towels, sun cream, sunglasses, hat, beach ball etc. This way you can cover everything and re-read it to ensure you have the essentials needed.

Book travel to the airport / train station

Many families begin their holiday as soon as they leave their home behind. Booking travel to the airport or train station is a great way to reduce the stress, let someone else drive and worry about the traffic on the journey. Not only can you relax on the way there, you’ll be able to ensure that all your luggage is safely stowed away and you won’t have to worry about it being squashed in the boot or thrown around on the roof rack. SMC Coach Hire have over 30 years experience in the travel industry and provide a high level of service to their customers. They ensure passengers are comfortable and happy on their coaches and get them from A to B safely and with minimum stress.

Pack in advance of your holiday

It may sound simple but packing your suitcase prior to the day of departure is a great way to reduce stress levels. Whether you pack in outfits, days or by clothing type, packing your suitcase in advance is a great way to ensure you have all you need. Combine the packing with ticking the items off your list made above and you’ll never forget a thing.

Don’t overdo the holiday itinerary

It’s only natural to want to make the most of your holiday, being in a new place to explore, but don’t overdo the holiday itinerary. You will want to have lazy days as much as you will want action packed sight-seeing days. Try not to cram too much into your days as you’ll burn out and feel exhausted. Plan in days to relax by the pool or the beach and don’t set your expectations too high.

Check your electrical goods before you go

We often take many electrical goods away with us on holiday to make life that little bit easier at our holiday destination; our phones, cameras and tablets to name just a few. Make sure they’re in good working condition and fully charged before you travel. Don’t assume they work if you haven’t tried them for a while. If any items need replaceable batteries, change the batteries and keep a spare set with them. Don’t forget the travel adapter too!

Do you have any pre-holiday stress busting ideas? I’d love to hear what works for you!

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