There are always little annoyances and inconveniences that we face when on holiday, both when we're travelling and when we're actually trying to enjoy ourselves too. There are, however, some delightfully simple tips and tricks that can make your holiday go along without a hiccup. Here are a selection of our favourites:
Roll your clothes, don't fold them
When packing, you will probably be tempted to fold your clothes and towels. However, by rolling them tightly, you'll find that you'll save some all-important space in your suitcase and avoid any wrinkles at the same time. Brilliant!
Scan your important documents
When abroad our passports, driver licences and travel confirmations are always on our mind. You're almost guaranteed one frantic pocket-patting session in a brief moment of fear that you've lost them. By scanning these items before you go and emailing these to yourself, you will save yourself some aggravation, should the worst happen.
A little goes a long way
If you find that even travel-sized bottles of creams and lotions are too big (or simply just poor value) try keeping small amounts of them in contact lens cases instead. Handy for keeping them together and easier than taking whole bottles that you might not want or have space for.
If you're a happy snapper on holiday, take a picture of a signpost or the name of the place you are visiting each day. Not only will your reel of photos tell a story as they go along, but you'll also be able to identify where each of your photos were taken, handy for when you're sharing them with others.
Whether it's fear of theft, tangled wires, or losing small items in big bags, some items can be a nuisance on our travels. For jewellery, use weekly medicine/pill boxes to keep earrings together and necklaces and bracelets apart. Also, keep your charger cables stored in an old sunglasses case to keep them from squirming their way into the depths of your bag. Finally, pack your shoes in shower caps to stop the soles from dirtying the rest of your luggage.
A simple, yet effective tip for when you hit the beach is to keep your phone in a sandwich bag to stop any pesky grains from invading your device. More worried about somebody taking it while you work on your tan? Try keeping your valuables in emptied bottles of suncream so they can be hidden in plain sight.
Even simpler, remember to turn your flip-flops face down when you remove them, the soles of your feet will appreciate not being burned when you go to put them back on.
Sick of balancing on one leg in a feeble attempt to wash sand off of your legs? Sanding up one hand as you brush off the other? Baby powder will be your best friend post-beach, dust some on your hands and you'll be amazed how easily the sand will brush off. Better yet, you'll leave smelling great too. A real win-win!