Travel must-haves

Travel must-haves

Travelling and comfort do not usually appear in the same sentence without the thought of high costs. However, there are many low cost ways to make those long travels that bit more bearable.

It really is the simple things that make travel easier and more comfortable. The modest silk eye mask and ear plug combination, together ensure that you block out as much light and noise as possible to help with creating the ambience of a sleeping dreamland even on the go. Silk, unlike cotton ensures that moisture isn’t drawn out of your face, leaving it dry, and of course, it is super soft against your skin.

Travel Pillows

ravel pillows are an easy way to add extra comfort in flight or even in your accommodation. When you have your own pillow with you, there is something about familiarity that brings comfort and support no matter where you are. The Harley Original Travel Support Pillow offers maximum support and comes in a handy zipped travel bag.

Bringing a silk pillow case with you on your travels may seem a little over the top, but if this is something that you are used to as a home comfort, it will make your trip even sweeter. Unlike traditional cotton pillowcases which draw moisture from your face and hair as you sleep, silk pillowcases allow your skin to retain its natural moisture. Silk is made up of strings of amino acid that have the same ph level as your skin and are beneficial to those who suffer itchy skin such as rosacea and eczema. Silk is also naturally hypo-allergenic and therefore perfect for allergy sufferers. This Mulberry silk pillowcase not only has a luxurious feel, but has anti-ageing properties.

Remember to Prepare

When you travel, protecting yourself from the unknown is key, but this often takes preparation. You may not have total control over bed bugs but you certainly can take control with a handy bed bug encasements. These smart encasements completely block bedbugs from escaping and entering your bed and provide protection against bed bug bites.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs

Upon arrival to your exotic location or downtown hotel getaway, the excitement of a new adventure often permits you to neglect some of the more unpleasant tasks. Bed bugs, two words every traveller dreads. Preparation is key to ensure that you fully protect yourself from bed bugs.

Remember!

Bed bugs can be found anywhere, from the homes of the rich and famous to well-established hotels. It is important to check for bed bugs on arrival. Once you arrive in the room, the natural motion is to throw your luggage or jacket on to the bed, this is not a good move if you have not checked the bed bug situation or you will be bringing home an infested suitcase. We would recommend that your luggage is kept off the floor and away from the walls and furniture & that you place your items into a clean bath tub.

There are different measures that you can take but first of all, the most important thing, check your bed.

How to check your bed for bed bugs

  • You will need a torch and a credit card before you begin your check.
  • Start examining your bed linen by removing all bedding
  • Run your torch over the bed sheet to look for any evidence of excrement or blood stains. However, there may not be any signs if the bedding has just been changed
  • Examine the surface of the mattress using the torch, once again looking for excrement and bloodstains, as well as for bed bugs skins that may have been shed and eggs
  • Take a credit card to run along the mattress seam, whilst holding it open to investigate with your torch. Look out for live bed bugs, skins or excrement
  • Use the same process on buttons, traps and tags on the mattress
  • Watch out for bed bugs whilst you flip your mattress and check all around the bed frame as you do so. It is recommended that this is done by two people to avoid strain or injury
  • Move the bed away from the wall and use the torch to look for fleeing bugs, or stains of excrement or signs of blood spots
  • Bed bugs may also be hiding in the crevices between pieces of wood or in the holes of screws, so ensure you thoroughly examine the underside of the bed frame

Find out more about checking for bed bugs here.

Travel sleep tips for babies and small children

Travel sleep tips for babies and small children

Travelling with small children and babies should be a time of celebration yet it is something that is often seen as a daunting task.

Before you travel, it is important to make sure that you have a well-established nap and bedtime routine. This will make it easier, when you are travelling, so that your baby or toddler will know what to expect, even though they are not at home.

Your holiday will be much more enjoyable if there is as little disruption as possible to your little one’s sleep schedule. Preparation in creating a sleep schedule will help ensure they get the rest they need to be happy, healthy, and alert during your trip.

Even if your baby is the best sleeper in the world, it may be a whole different story when you are not in the comfort of your own home. When you’re in a strange environment things might be very different. It’s normal for babies and toddlers to test boundaries around sleep when they’re somewhere new.

Trying to sleep in a strange place can make anyone feel uncomfortable, this is no different for your baby. If they cry for a while at bedtime or wake up at odd times during the night, it is important that you handle this behaviour in the same way that you would at home. If your child has a treasured comfort item, it will go a long way to helping them feel safe and secure enough to fall asleep in a strange environment. Even a familiar smell that is comforting may be all it takes for them to turn over and go back to sleep.

A mistake parents often make is to share a bed with their baby or toddler if co-sleeping is not normally part of the routine at home. Even if it’s only for a few nights, you could find yourself dealing with a big problem when you get home.

Top Tips for Travelling with Small Children and Babies

  1. Always Leave Plenty of Time
  2. Try to schedule flights to fit around your baby’s sleep schedule
  3. Recreate your bedroom routine on the flight, even if that means changing them into their PJ’s and reading them a bedtime story!
  4. Remember to pack snacks, treats and any added extras incase your face delays
  5. Remember to pack enough Nappies, nappy wipes, hand sanitizer and nappy bags. A good tip is to have a changing kit at the ready in the seat pocket infront of you so you can quickly nab it and go

 

Jet Lag and sleep

Jet Lag and sleep

The ability to travel is one of life’s greatest and sweetest gifts. Whatever reason you find yourself travelling, often we can find ourselves on the slightly less favourable side of travel, jet lag, usually visiting us during the night. Below we address the impact of jet lag and sleep.

What is Jet Lag?

Jet lag is an imbalance in our body’s natural “biological clock” caused by travelling to different time zones. Our bodies work on a 24-hour cycle called “circadian rhythms.” These rhythms are measured by the distinct rise and fall of body temperature, plasma levels of certain hormones and other biological conditions. All of these are influenced by our exposure to sunlight and help determine when we sleep and when we wake1.

When travelling to a new time zone, our circadian rhythms are slow to adjust and remain on their original biological schedule for several days. This results in our bodies telling us it is time to sleep, when it’s actually the middle of the afternoon. Or it makes us want to stay awake when it is late at night. This experience is known as jet lag.

Solutions to Ease Jet Lag

Change your watch to the destination’s time zone when you board the flight. The more you look at this, the more your brain is convinced of its new time zone. Once you arrive at your destination, always keep to your destinations clock and not the time that it would be at home.

By fitting in some last minute exercise, this will help to work out any stresses before your flight. If you can manage it, try to fit in exercise when you have arrived at your destination.

Say No to Caffeine

A massive trigger of jet lag is excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption when travelling. While sugary drinks may quench your thirst initially, the sugars and artificial sugars siphon out your body’s water storage by making your organs work harder to process them. It is important to stay hydrated when you are travelling, though on a long flight, in that case, you may want to opt for an aisle seat. Dehydration at an altitude causes toxins to build up quicker because oxygen is scarce and your body functions less efficiently, making you feel groggy after a long flight2.

Though it can be difficult while stuck in the plane or even in an airport terminal, try to get as much natural daylight as possible. Once you arrive at your destination it is as important to get it there too if it is daytime. Daylight is a good stimulant to regulate your biological clock.

Sleeping in transit

When trying to sleep on the plane, make sure you are doing so at the correct time of day at your destination. So if it is night time at your destination, try to sleep according to their times. Using a sleeping aid like Melatonin as this is a brain hormone that helps control the body’s circadian rhythm, a natural way to control your sleep. Also try this with some simple items like ear plugs, a sleeping mask and a neck pillow.

Remember to Switch Off

A massively important piece of advice is to turn off all devices a couple of hours before sleep as the lights and activities can prevent you from falling asleep by distracting your mind and creates a wake-up effects on the brain.

Be prepared for your next big trip with these simple facts. Travel happy, arrive refreshed.

 

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