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Important things to consider when going on vacation that lots of people forget

There are a million different things to think about when planning a vacation. You have probably written your packing list and checked your flight times repeatedly in the run-up to your trip, but have you considered exactly what your travel insurance covered? Have you checked the phone provider of the country you are visiting and whether you can use your current phone data?

Here are a few things that often go forgotten when people go on vacation.

1.     Looking after your physical health

Whilst the main concern for traveling is sun protection this does not just apply to sunscreen. You should also be mindful of your eye health when on vacation, check out All About Vision for the best advice on how to do this. You should also try to stay active as much as possible while you are away and avoid the temptation of overindulging in the local cuisine.

2.     Make a note of the local emergency number

The hope is that you would never have to use the local emergency number, but it is always a good idea to know what it is in case of an actual emergency. Here is a list of 911 numbers across the world.

3.     Consider a phone plan add-on or purchase a local sim card

Depending on how long you are going to be away or what you have planned, you should consider whether it would be worth it to purchase an add-on for your phone plan. Whether you are going to need to use your data for google maps or just want the added security of knowing that you can use your phone as normal, it is something you should look into. Alternatively, you can purchase a local sim card for temporary use.

4.     Save essential numbers on your phone

you should always save phone numbers on your phone. We are so used to being able to use Google that you might forget that this may not be an option whilst you are away so save all the numbers that you may need into your phone. This should be the number for your hotel, your travel insurance provider, or even your countries embassy if you really want to be prepared for anything.

5.     Always take a packed lunch

check where the nearest supermarket is to your hotel and stock up on plenty of supplies as soon as you can. Usually, you need to purchase bottled water when in a foreign country, but you should also get yourself some snacks and maybe even ingredients for making yourself a packed lunch. Vacations often mean lots of activities and days out, which in turn means you can find yourself hungry or thirsty looking for somewhere to get yourself something to eat and unable to use google maps to find it. To avoid the situation of getting frustrated and hangry during your fun trip, also keep water and snacks in your bag to keep you going throughout the day. This can also be an invaluable money-saving trick!

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