If you’re going where the internet is slow, mobile data is expensive, or you can’t get online, you can save an area from Google Maps to your phone or tablet and use it when you’re offline. You will need to be connected to the internet to save these maps to your device, but once they’ve been downloaded you’ll be able to access them anytime, and navigate with ease.
One of the downsides of flying is that airplane cabins are often kept at very low temperatures, so it’s worth remembering to take plenty of layers.
Interestingly, there is actually medical reasoning for the chill. According to a study conducted by the American Society for Testing and Materials, passengers are more likely to experience hypoxia – and subsequently faint – on board an aircraft, and an overheated cabin can be a trigger, increasing the risk of fainting.
Did you know that you can take an empty water bottle through security at the airport, then fill it up on the other side? Yep, take it through and refill for free at a water fountain or in most airport cafés. This tip has multiple benefits, as by not buying a disposable bottle you can save money and reduce plastic waste. Plus, you’ll reduce the physical symptoms of jet lag by staying well hydrated during your flight.
As Brits, we find it hard to function without a proper cup of tea, so will often take a few tea bags on trips away. Having something familiar can also be really comforting, so maybe pop in a chocolate bar or a few sweets too, especially for longer trips.