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10 Tips for Travelling Safety With Small Children.

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10 Tips for Travelling Safety With Small Children…

 

What you Need to Know for Child Safety while Travelling With Children.

Many families enjoy exploring other countries and if you are flying with small children on a family holiday,  there are some safety tips to be aware of that will ensure your trip abroad goes smoothly.

Today airlines do diligent safety checks to keep everyone safe for your peace of mind even though these security points can be a little tiresome for families. Everyone needs to go through these security checkpoints and in some airports, there may be more than a single check done before you get onboard.

The airport security personnel need to screen everyone, no matter what ages and this includes babies and little kids. During the security check, the officers will try and keep families together for as little discomfort as possible.

Children are handled with respect and as gently as possible with offices fully aware of parents concerns and if you are helpful during security checks everything will go smoothly.

Here are some guidelines for going through security airport checkpoints:

1. Remove babies from prams and carry them while the carrier goes through the x-ray machines.
2. All items of luggage will go through X-ray machines including baby carryon bags, toys, blankets and diaper bags without exceptions.
3. If Possible collapse the pram, baby stroller, or baby seats so that they are compact to go through the x-ray machine.
4. Remove any items that you have placed in the prams or child equipment and place it in the plastic bins provided for smaller items to go through the x-ray machines.
5. Larger prams, strollers and baby seats that cannot go through the machines will be visually inspected by security officers and should they question you about certain features answer politely.
6. If your family has substantial child baggage, prams, and other items babies or small children need to ask security officers for assistance in gathering everything after the safety check as airport boarding can be busy with many passengers waiting to go through security points at a time.
7. Before final boarding, you will need to go through metal detectors and if small children can walk they will need to go through individually.
8. If you need to carry babies through the alarm may sound and if so security officers will ask to screen you and your child separately, or do an alternative security check?
9. Do not pass children and babies to security officers unless expressly requested to do so and neither to another person in front or behind you during the security check.
10. Always remember that the security personnel are just doing their job for keeping the airways safe for everyone and by cooperating fully the safety screening checks will go smoothly.

Try and limit what you want to take on board for small children which will make security screening easier. You may want to take some toys to keep small children occupied while flying and be sensible in choosing practical ones.

It can be useful to spread the carry-on bags between everyone in the family that are old enough to manage which will make it easier for everyone while ensuring that if you do have infants they will have everything they need during the flight.

When travelling overseas by air for your family holidays,  explain everything to your children that have never been on an aircraft, in what to expect including that they will be checked by security officers so that they are not fearful when the time arrives.

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Why Travel Insurance is a Necessary Evil!

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Your Travel Insurance Will keep Murphys Law at Bay!

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Nothing Can Go Wrong While on Holiday… When You Have Travel Insurance?

Of course, 99 things can go wrong when you are travelling in a foreign country, but if you have travel insurance you are covered and have peace of mind, while surely you know that it often happens that when you don’t have insurance cover that everything that can go wrong, will go wrong… 

No one likes paying for insurance but when things go wrong, you will be glad you have it especially while travelling. Whether you are going on a cruise or for a family holiday at a beach destination, never be without travel insurance and you will be surprised to find that it is not as expensive as what you believe.

Travel insurance is indispensable particularly when you are travelling to a foreign country, and whether you are travelling with the family or on your own when unforeseen circumstances or incidents occur your insurance is there to cover it.


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When taking out travel insurance ask the travel agent or underwriter what the different policy options are, and take out the travel insurance that suits your needs. It is wiser to take out comprehensive cover though for complete peace of mind being the sensible option. Just like the saying goes, bad things happen when you don’t have insurance, and when incidents happen to you, then you are liable to cover the costs whether it is a hospitable stay or for an accident you were involved in.

The travel insurance company will cover all types of losses for adverse incidents while travelling abroad, until you arrive safely back at home.

Most underwriters offer different options to pay the premiums either in one amount or instalments but you can discuss this with the company you are taking out travel insurance with.

When Should You Buy Travel Insurance?

For frequent business travellers, there are suitable policies in the cover that protect you during these trips and this type of travel insurance is readily available even from travel agents and travel suppliers. Travel Insurance Deals

Ask about the cover for pre-existing medical conditions and see whether you will need to pay any additional costs for these. Some travel insurance companies will telephonically ask you for information in order to provide you with a suitable policy while with other companies you can apply completely 0online but make sure to answer all the questions honestly and correctly.

Sometimes when individuals have serious pre-existing medical conditions it can make it tricky to get proper travel insurance but there are options where the policy can exclude these and cover all other incidents while travelling.

What Does Travel Insurance Cover?

The most common risks covered by most travel insurance policies can include flight delays, cancellations of travel due to adverse weather conditions and other travel limitations within this section. You are further covered for any theft of luggage, which can include delay or loss of personal possessions up to a certain value when undeclared and more for specific declared items you are taking with for your trip.

Travel Insurance most importantly covers medical expenses whether due to illness or accidents while travelling and the cover can include transportation to and from hospitals or clinics, physicians’ consultations fees, required medications, and care. Your policy may include death and funeral expenses, accidental death and legal fees for this incident.

Lastly, there can also be a certain amount in legal coverage such as legal fees if needed while travelling as well as personal liability for accidents in case you were responsible for the accident. Should you need any special cover options in travel insurance discuss these with the underwriter and they will be happy to assist you in every way.


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Have peace of mind travel insurance when you go on holiday and ask the travel agent whether there are extras needed in cover for visiting high-risk destinations. Before you sign your travel insurance policy read what cover is available to you and make certain you are completely satisfied it is sufficient to cover anything that could go wrong while you are travelling abroad.

 


Making Your Sunny Holiday Go Further With Budget Travel Tips!

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Smart Budget Travel Tips to Get More Holiday for Your Money!

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I Just Want a Week In The Sun… Just a Week of Sun, Sun Sun and More Sun!

That’s what a friend in the Uk messaged me recently and I directed her to this website…If you live in the United Kingdom where winters are freezing cold, the thought of holidays on sun-soaked beaches in tropical climates where it is always comfortably warm certainly is inviting. The option to travel to other countries and exotic islands with the family can be filled with excitement, and if you apply some budget travel tips you can make your sun holidays go that much further!

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Sure travelling can be expensive and all the extras that come with it, but with some proper planning, and taking advantage of budget travel tips, you can plan one of the most memorable family holidays or romantic honeymoon ever.

The first thing to do is visit any travel website and check what their approximate costs are going to be for airfares, accommodations, and local tours. Then have a look see what sort of holiday activities there are and whether they also appeal to you.

If you just want a warm beach holiday to lounge around in the sun and swim, then there are some absolutely stunning beach locations in the Caribbean to choose from.

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Make certain you take into consideration all the little things like hotel cover charges, airfare with or without stop over’s, car rentals, visiting local attractions and sights, restaurants food, snacks cocktails, and gasoline.  Once you have a good idea of what you want to spend on each part of your trip, then you need to begin doing some comparisons for the best deals for each option.

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Budget Travel Tips: Prioritizing Options

When it comes time for you to budget for travel, you can save costs by prioritizing which will show you where to save money. For example, if you are content to choose a 4-star hotel instead of staying in a luxury 5-star hotel there is a huge difference in prices.

For local travel, a smaller car rather than an SUV will further save you a lot of money. Resorts that offer meals included will save you on food costs, and travel club cards will save you money on activities at your holiday destination.

If you browse the special holiday package deals and all inclusive holidays’ packages on our website, you will certainly agree that you will find great deals. Travel clubs also offer you huge discounts on accommodation, while the new travel adventure card is superb for holiday activities for the whole family.

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Rather do some legwork in research for a while online while planning a budget holiday in the sun, and adhering to it will let you enjoy more holiday for your money all around. Once you have arranged your holiday in the sun using our budget travel tips, make sure you have a look at the important travel checklists and holiday safety tips so that you can all look forward to a magical holiday where its warm and fun.

 


10 Tips to Avoid Your Family Holiday Becoming a Horror Story

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Travel Tips To Overcome and Unforeseen Problems on Your Family Holiday…

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Oh Dear… What Now When Things on your Family Holiday Go South

Lots of people have horror stories to tell about how their family holiday turned into an absolute nightmare and many things can go wrong especially when you are visiting a foreign country. Do this poll and tell us what happened to you when Murphys Law threw the book at you. Click Here

Your family holiday should be a memorable and enjoyable experience and use the tips and resources on our website which should help you make sure that you have catered for any possible thing that can go wrong.

I have heard travel stories where tourists have been robbed, where illness struck, food poisoning and even one where the wife gambled away all the holiday money in her excitement while visiting Las Vegas. Lost passports, losing luggage, accommodation bookings incorrect, and even adverse weather conditions are all things that can make a family holiday a catastrophe…

 

These 10 useful travel tips will cover most unforeseen problems that could arise on your family holiday:

1.Avoid getting robbed by carrying hidden wallets that can hold your personal identification and valuables and spilt valuables up between family members.
2.Have back up travellers’ checks and prepaid debit cards to make sure that you have funds in case something goes wrong. Always leave some backup traveller’s checks at the hotel.
3.Always tell the resort or hotel where you are going, and make sure every family member knows what your itinerary is including family members at home.
4.Make 3 copies of  Passports, travel documents, tickets and identification.  Leave some at a family member to courier to you in case you lose the originals.
5.Don’t keep all credit cards and cash in one wallet spread it between family members so that if your wallet gets stolen you don’t lose it all in one go.
6.Rather use prepaid debit cards and local currencies where possible instead of a credit card.
7.Make sure that everyone has each other’s phone numbers on your family holiday, including those of family members back home and arrange a meeting point in case, someone gets lost
8.Take out peace of mind travel insurance in case someone becomes ill or that there is an accident.. Be sure to keep a copy of your travel insurance at home as well.
9.When going on a family holiday take everyone’s basic medical information along for example like blood types and allergies. so that doctors will be able to treat necessary problems.<
10.Make sure small children carry identification with them in case they get lost during holiday activities. This can be in the form of identification waterproof bracelets plastic cards with all the details of the accommodation and contact numbers or whatever method you find practical.

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11 Family Holiday Safety Tips.

Safety on your family holiday is equally important and these further guidelines are useful to know even though some are common sense..

1) When using taxis to travel from an airport to your accommodation or resorts, ONLY use registered, licensed taxis or hotel identified taxis.
2) Be vigilant and watch your route to get to your hotel and if you landed at night rather arrange transport from the hotel instead of using taxis.
3)  While on holidays ask about dangerous areas in the city or town that should be avoided especially at night.
4) Stay together as a family and for sightseeing arrange tours where you will travel in a group if possible.
5) keep a basic language dictionary when visiting foreign countries or investigate translation applications because not all countries ‘speak a da English’.
6)  Don’t advertise expensive jewellery and keep cash and your valuables in hidden body wallets or money belts. Also, keep valuables and travel documents in the hotel safe.
7)  Plan your holiday activities properly and take tours to where popular tourist sightseeing is the norm. Use licensed registered guides to help you.
8) Read the local areas guidebooks and at your hotel talk with other tourists to get help on where to visit and what areas are best avoided.
9) When leaving restaurants and nightclubs late at night arrange proper transport to get you back to your hotel as mentioned in point number one.
10)  Don’t wear expensive looking jewellery.
11) On public transport keep your handbags and travel luggage close to you at all times.

These basic family holiday tips will keep you safe and always use your common sense when you are visiting a foreign country to keep you and your family safe at all times. Your family holiday will be a memorable one and if you read these guidelines you will see that the same should be applied to many of them in everyday life too.


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10 Tips for Planning the Perfect Family Holidays so that NOTHING Goes Wrong!

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Planning Your Dream Family Holidays…

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Don’t  Just Dream About an Exciting Family Holiday Together…Make it a Reality!

It sure is exciting planning your family holidays especially when you are planning to visit another country for a much deserved holiday. Using the services of an expert registered travel agent can help you plan everything to be perfect but even so, we are going to go over some useful guidelines for planning family holidays so that they are a smooth enjoyable and memorable experience.

You can download our travel tips guide completely free on this website on the front page as well, which also has some valuable points to take note of.

 

 

1. Choose the Perfect Time of year: The weather can be different in countries you are planning to visit and you don’t want to end up at a beach destination in the middle of the winter.

For example, although many people think “Paris in the Springtime” is a romantic experience this is the time of the year when Paris is cold and wet and you may end up being indoors for most of your family holidays here.

Finding out about the different weather patterns can be done by asking your travel agent or of course, there is Google where you can do some research. Your experienced agent will be happy to advise you on the forecasted rainy seasons or other weather-related travelling in the country you want to spend your family holidays in.

2. How Much Do You Want To Spend?: Before even starting planning family holidays what budget do you have and you will need to work out many factors for a memorable holiday occasion.

All inclusive package holidays can go a long way to saving money and last minute travel clubs can net you some hot discounts as well.

Still, there are always many extras on holiday you need to cater for like shipping, ice-cream for the kids, tourist attractions, rides on water parks and the like and souvenirs. Then some money for tips and unforeseen expenses is a must as well.

Ask your travel agents about exchange rates or look these up on Google and add a little extra for fluctuations in currencies. If possible and you can organize family holidays during off-peak seasons then you will save even more on your family holidays but it may mean having the children out of school for a few days extra which may not be an option.

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3. Make it a Holiday To Remember. Every year when your holiday time comes up you always promise that you are going to make it a dream holiday.

Instead of wishing it so go all out to plan the most unforgettable family holidays you can imagine. You have always wanted to visit somewhere special and our special budget beating holiday packages are perfect for you to do just that and plan a dream vacation to make cherished memories.

4. Political Climate and Local Economies: While most countries take great pains to promote and protect tourists because this is one important income for the economy it is a good idea to investigate the safety and local politics where you are travelling to. There may be current unrest or political change in that country and if this is the case plan to go to a safer travel destination and visit that one in the future instead.

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5. The time Zones: Depending on what country you are travelling to time zones can throw your body clock out a bit so check this where you are visiting. You may not be a morning person and guided tours often start early making it likely you will miss them if your body clock is thrown out and you end up sleeping in.

6. Holiday Activities. When planning family holidays you surely want everyone in the family to have great fun so ask your travel agent what holiday activities are at the destination you are visiting. Discuss the same with everyone in the family and see who would prefer beach holidays, adventure holidays, skiing holidays or sightseeing holidays and try and compromise so that everyone is going to enjoy themselves.

While family holidays where new things can be a great experience for everyone, perhaps teens and small kids might end up being bored with your planned tours, so arrange something they can do in the meantime as long as it is under proper supervision. A holiday is also the time where you need to relax so time out where everyone can lounge on the beach and do their thing on certain days is important otherwise your family holidays can end up being so stressful you will need a holiday again afterwards.

7. Use Travel Clubs and All-Inclusive Holiday Packages: using these resources where you enjoy exceptional discounts on travel deals will give you more holidays for your money freeing up funds to make your holiday that much more special too. Take a look at our Last Minute Travel Club Offer

As you will see on our website the array of budget beating holidays and discounts on offer give you numerous options when planning your vacation. Before you travel it is recommended to consider ‘Googling’ a few destinations and see what there is to look forward to if you holiday there. Special travel clubs can give you discounts on flights, resorts, car hire, and holiday activities.

8. Make Sure EVERYONE is organized: When planning family holidays there is much to think about and a professional travel agent is a smart choice to ensure everything is going to be perfect. Look at our travel tips guide for some important points to remember which you can download on the home page. The more organized you are planning family holidays the less likely are you to overlook something important.

9. Pack With Good Sense: many people take a lot more than they should when going on holiday adding more and more clothes and items ‘Just in case’. This means we end up lugging heavy suitcases and other baggage wherever we travel and afterwards you will realize that almost 50% of what we took along on holiday was never used anyway.

Pack only what everyone in the family really needs and pack light so that you need fewer suitcases while ensuring everyone has what they need.

10. Plan Family Holidays to Have fun! Family holidays are a great way to renew relationships and have fun together and if you are properly organized it will turn into a holiday to remember forever. When you plan your family holidays do it together so that everyone is happy with the decisions and that everyone is catered for in fun, and enjoyment acti9vities while you are on holiday together.

Sometimes the odd thing can go wrong because there is never such a thing as a perfect vacation because for example the weather may not play along or the accommodation was not quite what you wanted.

If something like this happens rather go with the flow and make the best of it rather than grumbling and moaning the whole time you are on holiday and thus spoiling it for everyone.

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12 Beach Holidays Safety Tips

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Stay Safe and Have Fun On Family Beach Holidays

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Swimming Safety on Family Beach Holidays

Perhaps with summer coming up soon you are planning to take the family on beach holidays and that is great but take note of some safety tips to ensure that your holiday is fun for everyone and that there are no accidents. Beach holidays are a great way to relax and unwind soaking up the sun while lounging on gorgeous beaches with the waves of the ocean lapping just a few meters away.

With the warm sun baking away the winter cold out of your bones it is easy to doze off and if you have children left unsupervised something serious could happen that could be regretted forever because small children are lured to play in the water and without someone taking care of them they could become another drowning statistic

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While on holidays at beach locations there are some safety tips that should be kept in mind for you and also for the safety of your children especially the little ones.

Children love swimming and accidents can happen at any time especially when there is water involved.

  1. a) Only swim where there are lifeguards present and always make certain children are supervised.
  2. b) At beach holidays destinations safe swimming points are often demarcated so swim within these areas only.
  3. c) Only swim where there are other people around in case you need assistance for an emergency
  4. d) Surfing, body boarding and snorkelling should be avoided where there are seals or seabirds diving for fish.
  5. e) If you see someone in trouble alert lifeguards or coast guards immediately. Don’t try and be a hero.
  6. f) Don’t drink alcohol and then go swimming especially in beach destinations where the wavesare rough.
  7. g) Don’t dive in or from tidal pool shelves because rocks and barnacles can cause serious injuries.
  8. h) Use sun screen protection on your skin because UV rays can cause serious burns and wear a hat and sunglasses.
  9. i) Stay out of the sun on the hottest times of the day normally just before and around noon.
  10. k) Small children under 8 must ALWAYS be accompanied by adults even at kiddie’s pools.
  11. l) When swimming in pools do not swim close to diving boards and stay away from deep ends if you are not a good swimmer.
  12. m) Know who to contact for any emergency while on beach holidays.

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Although the above beach safety tips are simply common sense, it is useful to be reminded of these to ensure your holiday is one of fun and relaxation and not marred by a nasty incident. Book your time in the sun on POur holiday website and get some amazing deals on family beach holidays destinations.

 

 

 


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Important Travel Checklist Tips for Travelling Abroad

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Your Travel Checklist for Holidays Abroad…

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Start Your Travel Planning With A Travel Checklist

Travelling on holiday is something everyone will do in their lifetime and when travelling abroad a handy travel checklist will ensure that everything goes smoothly from planning to the actual holiday experiences. I have already touched on some of these points in travel extras but for your convenience, I am going to summarize this travel checklist to remind you of the most important points to write down on a travel checklist and then tick them off once completed…

Holidays abroad should be a safe memorable experience but sometimes things do go wrong, and if you have planned for any eventuality you can avoid letting these issues ruin your holidays abroad…

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1)Have at Least x3 ID Copies – When you are travelling irrespective of the destination have at least three copies made of all your travel documents beforehand.

This includes passports, driver’s licenses, insurance documents and visas. Leave one with a family member or friend at home and a copy with your partner with whom you are travelling. If they are lost or stolen then your friend or family member can have them couriered to you.

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2)Know the location and Culture – In some countries tourists stand out and become targets for criminals so know the local customs and try to act like the locals do in order to blend in and maximize your holiday experience. Dress similarly; to how they do and act as if you belong there and your holiday will be a better all-around experience.

3)Investigate Local Weather Patterns – Some countries weather can be very unpredictable so do some research online and make certain you have the clothing to accommodate adverse weather conditions should they arise. Knowing the weather is also important for your safety in case an extreme weather occurrence arises like tornadoes, severe thunderstorms or monsoon rains come pouring down.

4)Know Emergency procedures in Accommodations – Find out what the procedures are for emergencies in hotels and resorts in case of an emergency.

This is overlooked by 90 percent of travellers. Most of them will have emergency maps clearly displayed on the back of the room doors. Take note of emergency exits before you unpack your suitcases.

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5)Know Local Emergency Numbers – In every country, there are emergency numbers to call like the United States, which has 911. This differs in each country so it is a good idea to find out from the hotels or locals what the emergency numbers are and write them down as well as add them to speed dial in your Smartphone so that you can call for help in an emergency.

Safety for you and your family while travelling abroad must always be a priority and if you are properly prepared, you will enjoy your holiday without any serious incidents to ruin it.


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Useful Extras to Take Along On Holidays Abroad.

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Useful Extras to Take Along on Your Holidays Abroad…

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Pack These handy Useful Extras When Travelling Abroad.

When you travel to exotic countries anything can go wrong and a few handy items packed to take along can address these situations. Below I have listed some extras which will not take up much room in your suitcase on your holidays abroad, but they will be handy should a situation arise when you need them. They will not take up much space in your suitcase, handbag or carry on and they are inexpensive and easily attainable.

Flashlight /Torch– Yes in any country the lights can go out for all sorts of reasons, like bad storms local power failures and you can be fumbling around blind in the dark. A torch or flashlight is a boon in such situations and you do not need something large and bulky either. It is a good idea to have at least two as well just in case one fails.

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 Multi-tool or Swiss Knives – these are extremely handy but beware of regulations in air travel and certain customs about taking these along on holidays abroad. Alternatively, buy one at the destination hardware store and keep it in your pocket or handbag.

Multi-tools and Swiss army knives have saved countless lives in sticky situations from car accidents to when people have been lost on hiking trips or getting stuck in the middle of nowhere when your rental car breaks down. You can buy one similar to the one you see below which has useful extras including bottle openers and corkscrews.

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Water Proof Bags: Heavy downpours or falling into a swimming pool or freak wave on the beach while on holidays abroad can cause everything to get wet. A handy waterproof bag or mini backpack is perfect for travel documents and electronic items like your smartphone and cameras when you are on boat trips or relaxing on the beaches…

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Earplugs for Swimming and Excess noise – While swimming, on holidays abroad especially in warm climates, using earplugs can keep your ears dry and safe from infection, and if you are in a noisy area they are a Godsend.

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You can get reusable options and even silicone based ones that you can mould to fit snugly inside your ears when you need them.

Basic First Aid Kit: Lastly and most importantly, a basic first aid kit with essentials like eye drops, bandages and plasters will always come in handy for those little mishaps that can happen on holidays abroad.  A few analgesic painkillers, some iodine and the basics will suffice. You can buy these readymades kits at pharmacies.

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Pack in these essentials when you go on holidays abroad, and more than likely you may not ever need to use them, but if the situation does arise then you will be happy you were thoughtful enough to bring them long.