We took a trip to Amsterdam a couple of months ago and it basically reinforced the fact that I am a very anxious traveller. I am one of those people who checks that they have their passport 34582 times, is constantly refreshing the EasyJet app on their phone to check the flight time and panics if they aren't at the airport hours before the flight. However, I get through it. So, I'm going to share my tips on travelling if like me, you're an anxious traveller...

travel tips from an anxious traveller

1. Put all of your important items in a little bag so when you're frantically checking to make sure you have them, you just have to check in one place

I've become a bit of a packing queen now, if I do say so myself. The amount of times I am packing a suitcase to go home or to Joshs has made me very aware of how to pack efficiently (this is my idea of efficient though, everyone else insists I still bring too much stuff stuff) and so, I would really recommend putting all of your important items in a little bag; a wash bag, a sealed sandwich bag or if you're really fancy, one of those little travel document bags. This means that when you're getting nervous that you've forgotten a travel pass or something, you just need to check the one bag rather than throwing your items all over the floor at the airport. So, for me, I would make sure my passport, rail card, cards and money and my phone are in this bag and then I'm good to go.

2. Make a spreadsheet with all of your travel information

Ok so, I love a good spreadsheet, it's no lie. As soon as we booked our trip to Amsterdam, I had a spreadsheet on the go with everything from flight times to accommodation information, must see places to restaurant recommendations. It has it all. I find that this is the best way to keep myself organised because we can find all of the information that we need regarding the trip in one place. For some, making an itinerary is super helpful and while we keep to a brief itinerary, I don't like to time everything out too precisely because I always find that if you plan it in too much detail, you're just going to get much more anxious and stressed if it doesn't go to plan. My best advice for organising your holiday is to just create a list of the things you want to do each day rather than a full on timetable because it's a lot more relaxed.

3. Before you start packing for your trip, write a packing list

My life is spreadsheets and lists. Does that make me sad? I don't care. Before I even started looking at things to do in Amsterdam, I was writing lists of outfit ideas and what to pack. This is so useful because you can tick things off as you go and you'll be sure not to forget anything. I use the Google Keep app on my phone and laptop as it's so useful to be able to access the lists from anywhere but also, I'm quite fond of writing to do lists down in a notebook.

4. If you're travelling just with carry on luggage, put all of your liquids in a see through bag before you get to the airport

This is one of my most important tips for reducing your anxiety and one that I wish I started doing as soon as we started going on holidays. When we went to Italy, I bought a small see through bag beforehand, put all of my make up in it before getting to the airport and then I didn't have to fuss with getting it all out of my make up bag and putting it into one of the clear bags when I got there. For me, it is so important to do everything that I can to make the whole experience a little easier and this has definitely helped.

5. Don't put too much pressure on yourself if things don't go quite right

Sometimes, things don't go to plan and I'm learning that that's ok and it isn't mine, or anybody else's fault. As a very anxious person in general, this is really hard for me to comprehend sometimes but when travelling, there might be delays, you might get a bit lost but at the end of the day, you'll still be ok. Remember that this is supposed to be an enjoyable experience, not a stressful one. I understand that it's easier said than done not to let your anxiety take over but just try not to put too much pressure on yourself. Everything that needs to happen will happen.

What are your top tips for travelling? Let me know!