Most of the time, the point of travel is to relax and get away from it all. So why is it so stressful? From last-minute packing to stressing out about holiday money – sometimes you can feel exhausted before you even set off!

Decide on a budget you can stick too

I like to plan my travel spend carefully to make sure I’m not spending too much or having to use my credit card to cover the cost. It helps to decide on a budget that you know won’t push you over the edge with your spending. You’ll need to weight up costs such as:

  • Cost of flights and accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • Travel purchases like luggage, clothing and toiletries
  • Spending money

Doing lots of careful research will certainly help with working out your costs to give you a realistic budget. With spending money, I find it helps to work out how much you’re going to spend each day and plan for around 20% more – that way, you’re covered for any overspending but can also have a nice bonus if you don’t spend it all.

Bonus tip: Sign up to Jack’s Flight Club to help you find some great flight bargains!

Get annual travel insurance

Insurance can feel like an added expense when you’re making your travel plans, but it will be an absolute lifesaver should you need it. Instead of leaving it until the last minute every time you travel, get yourself an annual travel insurance policy instead. You’ll only have to do it once a year and then you won’t have to worry again. Just make sure you choose the right insurance for your travel needs.

Take care of your health

A trip to a doctor or a pharmacy during your travels isn’t the most enjoyable thing to do while you’re away, so make sure you take care of your health needs in advance. I like to take a first aid kit with me, as well as get my prescriptions topped up in advance before I go. Local travel clinics are great places to get your jabs ready for any far away trips, and means you won’t have to wait for a GP appointment. Get them booked early to avoid last-minute stresses.

Sign up for a travel card

The days of traveller’s cheques are long gone, and it’s easier than ever to get your travel money sorted so that you don’t have to carry cash everywhere or pay fees. A travel money card is a top-up card that lets you convert the currency before you travel, allowing you to spend as you would at home. They’re easy to cancel and replace if you lose it, and it’s easier to convert any unspent money back to pounds!

Keep all of your travel info in the cloud

It’s really easy to lose track of your travel documents, leading to lots of panics while you’re waiting in line as well and forgetting important details. Even sifting through emails on your phone can make it hard to find what you need! Instead, keep everything in one safe and secure place in the cloud. You can store emails, confirmations, itineraries and more – and they’ll all be accessible through a single link. Save things as you go along to make sure you don’t leave anything out.

Become a packing pro

Do you hate packing as much as I do? It’s one of the most stressful elements of travelling and I’d much rather have someone do it for me! Sadly, it’s got to be done, but there are some little things you can do to make the process a bit less painful.

  • Write a list of everything you’re going to need, and break it up day by day if you need to. Remember to include beach essentials and bags to keep things in to stop sanding getting everywhere when you return!
  • Save space by wearing your heaviest pieces of clothing to travel in
  • Pack light-coloured clothes inside out to prevent stains
  • Roll your clothes up to avoid creasing, and vacuum pack them to save even more space
  • Put your toiletries in a waterproof bag – spilling always seems to happen!
  • Try to mix and match your outfits – you always end up packing too much that comes back unworn!

What about you? How do you travel prep?

Sarah x