How to prepare for a holiday in the sun

A long flight is part and parcel of a great holiday. However, long flights can be uncomfortable at best and at times, nothing short of a nightmare. Preparing for your long flight to ensure you have everything to keep you feeling clean, comfortable, rested and entertained is essential if you want your flight to pass without drama. Read on for our tips to preparing for a long flight, as well as some tips for those travelling with children. If you’re heading to Europe, your long flight may only be four hours, as opposed to travelling half way around the world, but you still might want to remember these things – alongside a European Health Insurance Card by filling in an EHIC application form.

Sleeping on long flights

One of the best ways to help a long flight pass by is by spending much of it asleep. The problem is that sleeping on a plane is rarely the cosiest of occasions. Prepare yourself by packing ear buds, an eye mask and if you can fit it in your hand luggage, a neck pillow too. Some airlines, especially on long haul flights, provide blankets, so check first with your airline.

Wear comfortable and warm clothes

Flights can get cold at night and warm in the day so wear layers allowing you to adjust your clothing to the temperature. Stick to comfortable clothes such as joggers and trainers rather heels and tight jeans.

Long flights with children

Long flights with children can be testing times. Not only might your child become agitated, but so will other passengers if your children are loud and difficult. Pack plenty of activity books, reading books, a new magazine and games that you can enjoy together, which will hold their attention for longer than being left to play alone. Check whether your flight shows films and if not, try to bring a tablet with a movie already downloaded on it. Snacks are also wise but avoid sugary drinks that will not only make them hyperactive, but will require more toilet trips than usual! Take them for a short walk up and down the aisle every hour or so to stop them getting restless.

Personal health and hygiene

Women, in particular, will do well by packing flight compression socks, which can reduce the chances of developing DVT. Also be sure to pack a deodorant and antibacterial hand gel as well as a small pack of wipes or tissues and even a toothbrush for very long flights. This will help with you feeling clean and comfortable throughout your flight.


Don’t rely on the onboard entertainment as the films may not be to your liking. Pack a good book, preferably a page turner rather than an epic classic that you’ve been putting off, as this simply won’t hold your attention. Another good choice is a travel guide to your destination – there’s no better way to get in the mood for your holiday. A pack of cards can offer no end of entertainment too.

Long flights are an inevitable aspect of going on a really great holiday and for us Brits, a long flight is often required to reach the best weather. The health benefits of a holiday in the sun are well recognised and far outweigh the inconvenience of a long flight, but provided you’ve prepared for your flight there’s no reason it won’t be a comfortable and enjoyable part of your trip.

Travel insurance is an essential consideration when planning a trip to a warm country. It ensures that you are protected against unforeseen events such as medical emergencies, travel disruptions, and lost or stolen belongings. While traveling to warmer climates can be an exciting adventure, it also comes with its unique set of risks and challenges. Here are some key travel insurance considerations for warm countries:

Health and Medical Coverage: Warm countries often pose unique health risks, including exposure to tropical diseases and heat-related illnesses. It is crucial to choose a travel insurance plan that covers medical expenses, emergency evacuations, and repatriation, should you require urgent medical attention or need to be transported back to your home country. Make sure your policy includes coverage for pre-existing conditions if necessary, and consider adding extra coverage for adventurous activities that may not be included in standard plans.

Travel Disruptions: Warm countries may experience unpredictable weather patterns, including storms, hurricanes, and extreme heatwaves. These events can lead to flight cancellations, travel delays, and evacuations. Ensure your travel insurance policy covers trip cancellation, interruption, and delay, so you can recoup any non-refundable expenses and receive compensation for additional costs incurred due to these disruptions.

Lost or Stolen Belongings: When traveling to warm countries, tourists are often targeted by thieves and pickpockets, particularly in crowded tourist areas. It is essential to have coverage for lost or stolen belongings, including luggage, personal effects, and important documents such as passports and travel tickets. Make sure you understand the claim limits and exclusions of your policy, as well as the required documentation needed to file a claim.

Adventure Sports and Activities: Warm countries often offer a variety of exciting adventure sports and activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, and water sports. Some travel insurance policies may not cover these activities by default, so be sure to check if additional coverage is required. Accidents can happen during these activities, and having appropriate coverage ensures you receive proper medical attention and compensation for any injuries sustained.

Personal Liability: While traveling, there is always the risk of unintentionally causing harm to others or their property. Personal liability coverage within your travel insurance policy will protect you against any claims made against you for damages or injuries you may have caused.

Local Medical Facilities and Costs: In some warm countries, the quality and availability of medical facilities may vary. Research the standard of healthcare in your destination and consider choosing a travel insurance policy that provides access to high-quality medical facilities and covers any additional costs associated with receiving care in a remote location or being transported to a better-equipped facility.

Policy Exclusions: Travel insurance policies may have exclusions specific to warm countries, such as limitations on coverage during hurricane seasons or in areas with high crime rates. Carefully read your policy’s terms and conditions to ensure you fully understand any exclusions and limitations.

In conclusion, when traveling to warm countries, it is crucial to carefully consider your travel insurance needs and choose a policy that offers comprehensive coverage for the unique risks associated with your destination. By doing so, you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind, knowing you are protected against any unforeseen events that may occur during your trip.