End your year painlessly

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Written by Medihelp (For affordable medical aid SMS “Solidariteit” to 32291”)

Most of us look forward to a very welcome break in December every year. To ensure optimal peace of mind while you’re on holiday, you need to attend to a number of important issues before you leave for your exotic holiday destination. Here are a few tips on how to handle the process painlessly.

Plan ahead: Make a list of important appointments and everything that needs to be completed during the first two weeks of the year. Plan for these and do as much as possible in advance so you won’t have to rush around in a panic and stand in long queues for new school uniforms or important documents when the New Year starts.

Finish stuff: Make a list of everything that still needs to be done at work and at home. Put aside an hour each day and finish as many of these activities as possible, so you can relax without worrying about any unfinished business.

Prepare important documents: Ensure that all your travel documents are up to date and that you have information such as reservation numbers at hand when you depart. It can save you a lot of time when you reach your destination bone-tired and have to confirm a reservation.

Have your vehicle serviced in time: Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy and reliable before you head out on the highway. Have it checked at your regular service station so you won’t be left stranded in the middle of the Karoo on a sweltering day with a car full of screaming kids because your vehicle has abandoned you. Also make sure your roadside assistance service is up to date so you can simply make a phone call and receive help should the unexpected happen.

Ensure your home is safe: Hire a house sitter to go by your house daily or sleep over and make sure your house is safe – and to attend to any crises such as a broken freezer.

Ensure that your pets are taken care of: If you hire a house sitter a pet service is usually included. Make sure your best friend is well taken care of during your absence. It is not good enough to tear open a big bag of dog food and set out a few bowls of water. Pets panic if you leave them alone for extended periods and you should make provision for someone to take them to a vet should they get sick while you are away.

Be health-wise: There is nothing worse than trying to find a dentist in the middle of the night at a far-off destination for your child who is howling in pain. Ensure that the whole family’s check-ups are up to date and that you have enough chronic medicine to see you through the holiday. Also ensure that your first aid kit is equipped to deal with general health issues like headaches, sunburn and an upset tummy.

Be prepared: Plan for entertainment – whether you are staying at home or travelling. Collect ideas for games, brain gym and other entertaining activities to keep yourself and your kids busy. You will be grateful – especially on rainy days – if you are prepared to deal with boredom.

Sources: www.travelsupermarket.com; www.realsimple.com

For when life happens – for the good days or the bad ones, get the security of a private medical aid option from only R918 per month.  For more information about Medihelp’s benefit options, SMS “solidariteit” to 32291.

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