It’s that wet, miserable time of year when thoughts turn to sunnier climes. Planning on jetting off this January for some winter sun? Here’s 10 travel tips to help you make your next trip a breeze
* Pack an empty drinks bottle in your carry on luggage and fill it up with drinking water once you’ve passed security at the airport - this saves having to splurge on pricey bottled water before boarding.
* The downside to travelling? The jet lag. To avoid it, be sure to drink plenty of water prior to and during your flight.
* Also eat before you fly. Even if you’re a fan of airplane food, the flight attendants may have run out of meals by the time they reach your seat - it happens.
* Don’t forget to take a scarf on your flight, in case you get cold owing to the arctic air conditioning that most air lines employ.
* Photocopy your passport and insurance details and leave one set with family and friends at home in case you lose them. Boring but important.
* If you do have the misfortune of losing your passport - easily done in countries like America where passport ID is essential to enter a bar - tweet the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (@foreignoffice) for ‘real time’ advice.
* Avoid arriving into a country late at night and book ahead for your first few nights’ accommodation so that you don’t find yourself without a bed when you first arrive in a foreign country.
* Carry a business card from your hotel or hostel. It means that residents will be able to point you in the right direction, should you get lost.
* When in Rome… don’t forget to abide by a country’s code. This may mean covering your head in Muslim countries or tipping more than is custom in Canada and America. By showing respect, you’ll be more readily welcomed by the locals.
* Do take a credit card. You don’t have to use it but it’s good to know that you won’t be caught short should you run out of cash.