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Be prepared with travel insurance

First and foremost, having holiday insurance in place is a necessity. Unfortunately, accidents do happen and if you’re in a foreign country, visiting a local doctor or hospital could end up costing you a great deal more than you bargained for.

Other factors to consider include lost luggage, missed flights and delays to connecting flights. Without cover, you could end up having to buy into a new set of clothes, a new flight or another transfer out of your own pocket and that’s why protecting yourself from the outset is a priority.

Acknowledge all dangers

It’s a universally acknowledged fact that danger can lurk in the most unlikely places so make sure you’re prepared for all eventualities. While watersports and other exhilarating holiday activities usually come with warnings, something as seemingly harmless as a round of golf could prove just as dangerous.

According to a report on the The Telegraph Blog in 2011, £400,000 worth of damages was awarded against a golfer and golf club as an unlucky individual lost an eye in the golfing accident, proving just how hazardous this slow-paced sport can be.

Thankfully, you can still get protection from damages or accidents surrounding such sports with insurance policies such as those from Allianz Global Assistance. It is vital that you check your cover before assuming you’re protected though so always consider what activities you’re likely to take part in while away before purchasing insurance.

Keep essentials in your hand luggage

If you’re worried about losing a bag, it may be wise to pack a few essentials in your hand luggage. This will remain with you for the duration of your flight so you know you’ll have it once you arrive at your destination but it’s wise to check the restrictions on hand luggage enforced by your airline to ensure you only carry suitable items onboard with you.

Keep everything in plain sight

Always keep your personal belongings in sight. If you plan on taking expensive gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops and cameras away with you then it’s wise to carry them in your hand luggage as opposed to packing them in the hold. At your hotel, it’s a good idea to use safes (where provided) to keep any cash or small, expensive items safe when you’re not in your room.

Remain calm at all times

If an illness strikes, it’s advisable to stay as calm as possible. Prior to setting off on your adventure, it’s a good idea to research the area beforehand. Jot down a list of important emergency contacts before you go and invest in a map.

Be organised

Organisation is the key to a successful holiday and getting to the departure point on time is only the beginning. It’s wise to pack the necessities in advance and check that your passport is still in date. If not, you could end up paying a great deal to get it renewed without notice or in the worst case, you’ll be denied access to your chosen country.

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