Preparing yourself for your next holiday

It would be lovely if preparing for a holiday meant simply packing a small suitcase with summer clothes and heading for the necessary mode of transport, before arriving at the perfect holiday destination and doing nothing for two weeks. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and your holiday will undoubtedly turn into disappointment if you fail to prepare for it properly.

The essentials

The first part of planning for your next holiday is making sure you have all the necessary documentation. This includes your tickets for the flight, visas if applicable, and your passport. You should also ensure that you have holiday insurance and that you take the relevant documentation with you. No one wants to have an accident or emergency while on holiday, but it is better to have insurance and not need it, than not have it and find yourself paying out a fortune in medical bills or other costs.


Regarding the flight, it is best if you research what you are and are not allowed to take on board the plane. This will include the size of suitcases, their total weight, and the size and weight of the bag you are allowed to carry on the plane. When it comes to your carry-on bag, you should pack this with all the small items you are likely to need during the flight. This will include entertainment, such as a book, e-reader, mp3 player or media tablet. It is also a good idea to include toiletry items, such as cleaning wipes. Be careful with these, though, and do your research. Many airlines are suspicious of bottles containing gel-like fluid.

Taking care of yourself once you get to your holiday destination is just as important as getting there. Presumably, you are chasing sun on your holiday and want to get a tan, so the most important toiletry item you need to take with you is sunscreen to protect your skin. You will also need body lotion or oil that you can apply after showers to rehydrate your skin and stop it peeling prematurely.

But what if your body is not as good as you would like, and you are wary of baring it to a wider public? Well, if you are really serious about planning for your next holiday, the answer is to get it in shape as soon as possible. The key to achieving this is to vary your exercise regime so that it mixes intensive cardio workouts with weights and light exercise. Sticking to this type of regime should ensure that every part of your body is targeted, especially those that are going to be on show, such as your upper arms, your stomach and your backside. Be careful, though, that you do not overdo your workouts and injure yourself. This is especially easy to do if you are unused to exercise. You can take some steps to preventing this by wearing some interesting new products that can improve the performance of your workout and aid recovery should you pull or strain a muscle. There is some great workout gear for men available that is not only practical but looks good. It is also a good idea to cut down on the amount of alcohol you consume in the run-up to your holiday, replacing it with water.

So you have a beach-ready body and you have packed everything you will need on your holiday. How do you make sure you enjoy it? Unsurprisingly, thanks to mobile technology, many people find it difficult to switch off once they are on vacation. The office, family and friends are easily contactable and it is tempting to think that a business will collapse as soon as you walk out of the door, but this is simply not the case. No one in business is truly irreplaceable and you will not be doing yourself any favours by concerning yourself with business matters while on holiday. Tell your staff or clients that you are away and not contactable until your return date, and that any matter will have to wait until then. Avoid checking your emails using the hotel’s Wi-Fi. Simply unplug yourself for the duration of your holiday. You will feel better for it.

Although spontaneity has its place, planning well for a holiday is the best way to ensure you end up enjoying your two weeks away, rather than not planning and worrying about what you have forgotten and what you will be missing.


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