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Now, we've all packed a laughable amount of things for a holiday and been mocked by our travel buddies when we show up at the airport.

Many of us have brought a suitcase for an overnight stay, or added extra baggage onto our flights for no reason. Especially in Ireland, when we can never predict what weather we're going to have.

Forgetting a key item while packing is a deep psychological fear. What if we forget our core makeup items? Our medical bag? Our passport? OURSELVES? It's a worrying time.

The latest statistics from QS Supplies have shown that 10 percent of people take BED SHEETS to hotel rooms with them, because they won't want to use the provided sheets. Um, okay?

The survey of 1008 people revealed that many of the population (we won't name names) have taken their own bedding on holiday with them to avoid catching germs or contracting bacterial infections.

5.9 percent of survey respondents also admitted to taking personal cutlery to a restaurant, meaning one in every 16 eaters in any restaurant you go to have possibly snuck in their own knife and fork.

We can't imagine using up vital bag space to stuff in our own sheets and bedding. Those people clearly have some strange priorities that don't involve bringing five pairs of shoes and a shop's worth of cosmetics.

12 percent of people apparently don't think hotel sheets are washed enough to warrant sleeping in them, but we wonder why?

Unless they're stained or have a weird odour or appearance, we're more than happy to sleep in a big, fluffy hotel bed with extravagant pillows and throws.

Now,if someone could just pay for us to head on a weekend away, preferably to a spa, that would be lovely. Thanks in advance xoxo

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Whether it's a girl's trip to a Spanish beach resort or a backpacking adventure through South East Asia, there are a few essentials you can't afford to forget about.

While travelling is one of the most exciting and enriching things we can do, leaving the important items at home has the potential to ruin your trip.

Many of the standards we keep up at home fly out the window as soon as we step onto foreign soil, but there are some things you always need to bear in mind.

From eyewear, to health products, to electronic lifesavers, here's your essential guide to everything you'll need to take with you when travelling, wherever the destination.

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Carry-On

Your carry-on bag should always be reserved for the most important items, especially any relating to your health and wellbeing.

That means any medications you need should always be carry-on items, as well as any special equipment or health-related items that you need to function.

It's also a good idea to have some "travel versions" of items that you regularly use.

If you're visually impaired, your best bet is to bring contacts, no prescription needed, along with you in your backpack or handbag.

If you're worried about where to pick some up or have already left for the airport, it's now easier (and faster) than ever to get no RX contact lenses online.

Simply order your contacts without prescription from a trusted retailer and you'll receive them in no time. Similar rules apply to everyday items such as tampons, painkillers and bug-repellent sprays, all hang-luggage material.

Also make sure to pack a change of underwear and any device chargers in your carry-on – baggage going missing is not unheard of and these are things you don't want to be caught without!

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Suitcase

Some items can be stuffed into your suitcase to be used upon arrival in your destination.

Make sure to pack clothing for every weather (and enough clothes for a few days at least), as well as however much makeup is needed to get you through the day.

It's also recommended that you pack a towel in case your accommodation doesn't provide one, as well as a sleeping bag liner in order to avoid any nasty surprises in a hostel dorm room bed.

Also make sure to throw in larger liquids such as moisturiser, shampoo, wet wipes (a true godsend) and any other toiletries you can think of, and you will be prepared.

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Electronics

The truly savvy traveller knows to take the right electronics on board with them.

Luckily, all you really need is an average modern smartphone, as long as you've downloaded the right apps.

Wherever you're going, consider downloaded apps specifically run by the public transport authorities of your destination. Also make sure to get apps detailing air pollution, temperature, pollen count and local SPV.

You can take steps towards meeting other successful women on the go with popular friendship apps such as MeetUp, so you can expand your global network.

The key to smart travel is looking after yourself. Once the essentials are taken care of, the rest will fall into place.

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Bad news if you're planning on jetting off anywhere this summer. Ryanair has warned it may need to 'review' its policy regarding carry-on luggage.

The low-cost airline claim that some passengers are boarding planes with bags that exceed the maxium dimensions allowed.

This can result in disruption and delays as cabin crew struggle to fit the bags into the overhead lockers.

With checked baggage costing flyers anything from €15.00 to €60.00, many decide to bend the rules by packing as much as possible into their carry-on cases in order to avoid additional fees.

The airline company said that its flights are 95% full this summer so passengers "must comply" with baggage policies.

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair's chief marketing officer, also warned that the hand luggage allowance could be reduced if passengers don't change their behaviour.

As it stands, flyers are allowed to carry one bag which must not exceed 55cm x 40cm x 20cm in size and 10kg in weight, as well as one additional small bag, such as a laptop case or handbag.

He said: "We've noticed some customers are bringing larger than permitted bags on board, which can cause delays, and our policy may be reviewed should this practice continue.

"As we enter the peak summer period with many full flights, we urge customers to ensure that they travel with less carry-on bags where possible.

"Our aircraft can only carry 90 larger carry-on bags and our gate agents will rigorously enforce our carry-on policy to avoid flight delays and ensure an enjoyable travel experience for all customers.

"Any customers who wish to carry larger baggage are advised to purchase a checked-in bag."

The news comes after the company launched a huge winter seat sale with over 250,000 seats on sale from €9.99, for travel in October and November.

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When moving on from a bad break-up, cleaning your environment of everything that reminds you of them is a painful but necessary process.

But a new website is about to make that process a bit easier for you. The site, called Never Liked It Anyway, is an all-round solution for shedding your emotional baggage by allowing users to sell everything their former flame gave them, or items around the house that remind you of days gone-by. 

Yes, this site is fast becoming the home for the heartbroken and lets you make a buck from your break-up… which is a lot safer than trying to burn it all. 

The idea for the site came to marketing consultant, Bella Acton, who had her own personal experience of splitting up and being left with two expensive place tickets. 

“If you look at it, there’s $2 billion in the dating space and zero dollars in the break-up space,” she told Quartz.

But she also stresses that the site isn’t all about making money off people's emotional misfortune. 

Bella said: “We started Never Liked It Anyway to make moving on easier. It’s a place to shed the stories and the stuff.”

With every item that is uploaded to the website, space is given to allow the user to write why they feel they need to part with the piece, and what they plan to do with the money to help them ‘bounce back.’

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