What is the most important thing to do before a holiday? Preparation, preparation, preparation. Planning a holiday can be a stressful experience, even if the trip at the end makes it all worthwhile. But, with these top tips, you can make sure that you stay cool, calm, and collected from the get-go. Holiday mode – activated.

Book in advance

Being ‘fashionably late’ only applies when it’s a few minutes. Missing a flight is a whole different story! With this in mind, the best way to stay cool, calm, and collected at the airport is to book your flights as far in advance as possible. Booking your flights early not only allows you to prepare in advance, taking the pressure off on the day, but it can also help you to find the best deals, as well as a range of additional features to assist you in further planning.

When you book through reputable platforms like eDreams online travel agency, you can take advantage of a variety of different deals, technologies, and applications so that you have peace of mind that everything is sorted in advance. For example, you can get online boarding passes, booking references, real-time flight tracking, and all your flight information through your smartphone, even without an internet connection, so you can ensure that you’re suitably prepared.

The same logic applies to booking your accommodation and excursions, of course. Booking all these important things in advance ensures you get the most out of your trip, and that you aren’t disappointed to miss anything out. The type of place and excursions you go for, of course, depends on what you’re hoping to get out of the trip.

If you’re the type to sit back and relax and enjoy some well-earned TLC, you might want to book yourself into a spa hotel or for a spa treatment (or two). Over the years, we have reviewed numerous spas around the world – from the UK to the Maldives – making it an excellent activity for both vacations and staycations alike. Renting a yacht with a group of friends is another way to kick back and relax fashionably, and you’ll get plenty of Instagram content from the excursion, too!

Invest in the future

The last thing you want when on holiday is to have issues with your suitcase, duffle bag or rucksack. Maybe you’ve had it for years and the zip doesn’t work as well as it should, or the edges are getting a little frayed. If this is the case, it can pay dividends to invest in high quality equipment to accompany you on your travels. This way, you can rest assured that your belongings are safe and sound during transit, and that your straps don’t break in the middle of the airport.

man packing bag

After all, if you are rocking up to a stylish hotel like a Hilton or a Four Seasons, a battered old suitcase is probably not the vibe that you are looking for! During the trip, your baggage can double as a fashionable accessory, so don’t be afraid to shop around for new fashionable luggage, gym bags, or backpacks.

Once you’ve got your luggage, it’s only natural to have the fear that your bags might get lost or stolen – especially if they were an investment or you’re an anxious traveller. Of course, fretting about the security of your baggage is not quite the epitome of cool, calm, and collected. As reassurance, you can consider getting a heavy duty padlock for your suitcase, or even an Airtag or GPS tracker so you can check in on the location of your bag at any time.

Organisation is key

Last, but by no means least, good organisation is critical! To assist you in getting the most out of your trip, utilise different mobile apps to automate reminders, help plan journeys, navigate public transport, and ensure that you make it to your flight, accommodation, and any excursions on time.

Now, there are a wide range of different apps out there – and, you may have to pay. That said, you can get apps for the travel company you have booked through, who you are flying with, and where you booked your accommodation through potentially for free. In addition, you can find free navigation apps like Google Maps, Uber or local taxi apps, and even luggage scale apps, too.

Finally, the fun bit! Take the time to organise your outfits for the trip, opting for items that suit the climate and activities. When doing so, think about quality over quantity – consider pragmatic clothing combinations and streamlined mix-and-match pieces, with a few accessories and a couple of pairs of shoes that can dress the outfits up or down depending on the occasion.

And, make sure to throw in any essentials and emergency items that might not be available abroad, or might be super expensive to purchase at the last minute at the airport.

So, there you have it – just a few tips to help you stay cool, calm, and collected on your next holiday. With these tips in mind, you can travel fashionably like a boss.