Isis Monteverde is a life coach based in Bali who enjoys traveling in her spare time, having spent time exploring Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Bali and Malaysia in her 20s. This article will provide tips and pointers to help trips go as smoothly as possible, including a checklist of must-pack items.
Whether for business or pleasure, visiting new destinations around the world can be incredibly exciting, albeit stressful at times. According to a study by CWT Travel Solutions Group, the top three frustrations for travellers are lost time, unforeseen events and a sudden change of routine. Within these groups, problems like delays, lost baggage, flying economy on long haul flights and poor internet connection were cited as the biggest causes of stress. Nevertheless, by following a few simple strategies, travellers can maximise their chances of a smooth trip, reducing the risk of travel frustrations and stress.
From packing to navigating the airport and boarding the plane, travel can take a mental toll. Clinical psychologists cite preparation as an effective means of cutting down on travel stress. As with many things in life, the key to a great vacation or business trip is preparedness, and making a checklist of essential items is a sensible step to ensure that nothing is overlooked.
According to a report by Condé Nast, must-pack items include:
- A tote and toiletry bag
- Reusable travel bottles
- A portable charger and power adapter
- A luggage scale
- A tech kit
- Cosy socks
- Hand sanitiser and wipes
- Hydrating skincare products
- An umbrella (depending on the destination)
Planning the journey helps travellers to identify and avoid potential problems that could arise. Even small things – such as working on an itinerary in advance and packing luggage in good time – will help to prevent procrastination, paving the way for a more productive and pleasant trip. It is sensible to leave extra time before and after flights, arriving at the airport at least two hours before the plane is due to depart and leaving ample time between connections.
The key to a comfortable journey is appropriate clothing. Wearing layers makes it easier to adjust to warm or cold temperatures. For business travellers who have a meeting scheduled soon after arrival, making use of the airport lounge or restroom to freshen up and change is a sensible measure to help avoid both an uncomfortable journey and a rumpled suit. In addition, bringing along earplugs, headphones and a magazine or book can all help the traveller to relax and unwind, ensuring they arrive in a positive frame of mind.