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Top Tips for Long Journeys

Posted on April 07, 2014 by Admin

We've all had one; a long journey. We've all been on those trips that you're so excited about but you've got to get through the hours of driving, flying, or sitting on a train first.

The beginning of your journey is filled with excitement, you're thinking about what will happen, what you will do and who you will meet. But as the hours roll on by, your brain may cry 'when will it end!'

We all know the feeling, and we all try to prepare for it. So here at Great Little Breaks, we have put together a helpful list of journey essentials to make those long trips fly by!

Stay hydrated- It's very important that you stay hydrated on a long journey, especially a long drive. Always have a couple of bottles of water on you, or even better, a bottle of lucozade. Most sports drinks contain caffeine as well as glucose to keep you energised and cold water throughout a drive will help to keep you aware.

Plan your journey- Jumping in the car for a spontaneous road trip can be fun but getting lost can be very stressful. Make sure plan out your route and have a map on hand in case you go off track. Even when flying or going by train, make sure you know exactly where your final destination is and directions to get there.

Prepare your entertainment- There's nothing worse than being stuck in a car, on a train or on a plane with nothing to do -and in-flight movies only go so far. It's a good idea to make sure you have a lot of things to do, whether that's a long book to read, games to play, or movies to watch. And don't forget, sleeping is a great way to pass the time too!

Gather an emergency kit- You don't have to assume that something will go wrong, but - scouts motto - always be prepared. When travelling by car, it is important to have a break down kit, e.g. spare tyre, pump for tyres, engine oil and washer fluid etc, as well as extra items such a first aid kit.

Travel light- Entertainment on a long journey can weigh you down, but remember to pack sensibly. When on a long flight, smart phones and tablets can save you a lot of space; you dont want to be lugging heavy books around an airport - or exceed your hand luggage limit.

Take some snacks- Hungry passengers make for a hard journey, so make sure you keep yourselves fed. It is always sensible to keep a variety of healthy snacks on you when travelling as you may not have time to stop to buy something, especially on car journeys as you might not know how far away the next service station is.

Get as comfortable as possible- Sitting in one position for hours on end can not only be uncomfortable, but it can be painful too. It is very important to stretch your legs every so often. On car journeys, make sure you plan a few stops along the way, and on flights, make sure you can walk up and down the plane once in a while.

Long journeys can be hard, but they're certainly worth it! If you fancy a journey to somewhere new, why not check out what we have to offer? Click here to view our range of short breaks!

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