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Dealing With Stress from Traveling

Many of you will be getting ready to travel this Thanksgiving. While it's great to spend time with your friends and family for a home-cooked meal, getting there can really stress you out. Here are some tips to help you stay calm.


  • Try to be as prepared as possible. Wash, dry clean, and pack your clothes a couple days before, so you won't be running around trying to find your favorite pair of black pants before you have to make a flight.
  • Make a list of everything you need and check it off once it's packed so you're not worrying if you forgot something.
  • Call the airline before you're about to leave to make sure that your flight is on time. You'll be really frustrated if you show up, and your plane isn't leaving for another six hours.
  • Get to the airport early so you don't have to rush to your gate.
  • Pack yourself some wholesome snacks so you'll have something healthy to munch on in the car or plane. Skipping meals or eating nutritionally-desolate food while traveling won't doing anything to uplift your mood.

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  • Whether you're flying or driving, pack a fun book (have you read Eat, Pray, Love yet?). Pack along headphones and an iPod with your favorite relaxing music so you can tune out outside noise.
  • You can also use the time to sit quietly and meditate.
  • Exercising always help me de-stress. Pack workout clothes and sneakers so you can hit the gym with a friend or relative. Or pack yourself some great fitness videos and a laptop that plays DVDs.
  • Talk about your stress level with someone you're traveling with. It'll make you feel better to communicate your feelings. If you're traveling alone, write in your journal.
  • If you can, get home a day before you have to go back to work, so you can have some time to unwind and relax alone.

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