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7 pro tips for seamless Christmas socialising

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CHRISTMAS SOCIALISING IS in full swing now, and chances are your diary is looking pretty busy for the rest of December.

While that might sound like fun and games, trying to attend every festivity you’re invited to as well as maintaining the rest of your life, might mean you’re burning the candle at both ends. Never fear, we’ve got some stellar tips to help you manage the month ahead.

1. Combine forces

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Chances are you just have so much to do over the next few weeks – to the point that you’re not sure you can fit in all the catching up with people home from abroad, present-buying, family time, work do’s and everything else that’s on your long list.

One easy way to sneak in a catch up with someone is to combine a catch up with something else – like doing your Christmas present shopping together. It’s a win-win situation, not only will you get to spend time with the person, you’ll have someone to help you carry bags.

2. Have a next-day desk kit

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This is a little kit you’ll assemble in advance with all the necessary next-day bits and pieces you’ll need to have to hand. Whether that’s some coconut water, chocolate bars, make up wipes, perfume, painkillers… anything you think you’ll need to get you through the next day in work. Put it together now, Future You will thank you for it.

3. Bring a power pack out

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If you’re party-hopping it might be wise to put some kind of a power pack into your handbag or coat pocket. It means that at the end of a long night you won’t be cursing your phone for running out on you – and you can take selfies with abandon all night.

4. Sort your transportation home in advance

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Look, you might have great plans to get the last bus or train home, or think you can grab a taxi whenever you like, but you know as well as we do – there will be no taxis just tooling around. It will be lashing, or sleeting, or just really dark whenever you do get out, so do yourself a favour and book your transportation in advance. Thank us later.

5. Have an outfit ready to go in work

To save yourself the hassle of heading home before an event, and also to always be ready to par-tay (yes, we went there) whenever the situation calls, how about bringing in an outfit with you to work? What with the month that’s in it, chances are you’ll receive an impromptu invite to head out – and now you don’t have to panic about having nothing to wear.

6. Take time for tapas

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If you’re legging it from work to an event, party, drinks or something else very glamorous but you need to squeeze in some food, too – think about heading for tapas rather than a full sit-down meal. You can order really fast, eat loads of really nice little bits and pieces and be on the road again in no time.

7. Bring in treats for your team

This one is great on any day but particularly if it’s the morning after a work night out. Everyone is likely to be feeling a little the worse for wear, and you’ll be the hero that doesn’t wear a cape if you bring in coffee and doughnuts for the team.

No matter what you’re up to over the Christmas season remember that you can make Visa contactless payments for all transactions under €30 – so nothing will slow you down on your night out. Find out more here.

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