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At this time of year, most of us are more sociable in a week than we have been in the past six months. The Christmas Party season is upon us, and it’s going to continue right through to the New Year.

While this period of the year is exciting, it can also take its toll on your body. Sorry to be a downer on things, but you’re going to want to remember this the morning after. If you have ever woken up feeling the worse for wear and wondering why everything else – well, there are ways and means of preventing that from becoming a common occurrence.

All you need is a bag of tricks to see you through, so to speak. Think of yourself as a modern Mary Poppins, assembling together all the things you need to get yourself through the season of non-stop jollity.

So grab a bag. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a 1910s carpet bag, but it helps if you’re sticking with the Poppins aesthetic! The first Party Survival Kit item to go into it is…

Gel Foot Cushions

Like high heels? Hate what they do to your feet, calves, and ankles? The answer is found in gel cushions. These inserts – which are made by a variety of manufacturers – sit on the sole of the shoe, providing a cushion for the ball of your foot. If you really push it on your feet in sky-high shoes then you’re still going to experience some discomfort, but these can definitely lessen them.

Secondly, the partner in preventative horrors for your feet…

Flat Shoes

Preferably a soft pair made of canvas rather than leather or synthetic. The reason for that is more convenience and space; if they are canvas, you will find it easier to roll them up into your bag and take up less space. These flats will save your feet when the night is over and you’re in the process of traipsing home. You can switch out of your heels and relax in the blissful sensation of your foot muscles relaxing.

So that’s prevention – what needs to go into the bag if the damage is going to be done?

Hangover Remedy

If you’ve had a little too much wine the night before, then you’re going to be feeling the after-effects the next day. A bottle of water is, therefore, necessary for your survival kit, as dehydration is one of the leading reasons a hangover can linger longer than it has to. Furthermore, there are further ways of finding hangover relief in the form of supplements or even your Grandma’s old recipe that tastes like cough syrup. All of these have a place in your kit.

Tiger Balm

This muscle rub is the perfect solution to waking up with sore, aching muscles after a night out. The heat of it disrupts the pain signals between the sore area and your brain, providing blissful relief – and a nice fragrance too. Use it sparingly and feel the immediate relaxation as the main sweeps away on a wave of menthol.

You’re now good to go! Grab your literal bag or just have these things handy, and you’ll be seeing 2017 in with style.

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