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If you are traveling this holiday, be sure to follow these tips to ensure minimum stress and maximum comfort!

Book With The Right Card

Conde Nast Travel explains that the credit card you use to book travel can make a huge difference in your comfort level. Some cards such as the Citi Prestige and Ritz Carlton Card can get you up to $500 in free clothing, necessities, and alternate transportation during delays as short as four hours, and many cards offer the same courtesy once you’re 6-12 hours in. Call your card issuer to see if your card includes delay coverage.

Give Yourself More Than Enough Time

WebMD suggests that whatever your mode of travel, you should allow yourself more time than you can possibly imagine you will need. On the heaviest travel days, just about everything – from airport parking, security queues, and finding a taxi, can take longer than usual. Allow adequate time for unexpected delays to help prevent anxiety and stress.

Be Prepared for Airport Security

The best way to alleviate the anxiety over security lines is to make sure you get to the airport with plenty of time to spare. Most major airports provide estimated screening wait times on their websites, and several apps provide the info too, including GateGuru and My TSA. A general rule is to make sure you get there at least 90 minutes before your flight is scheduled to depart, but arrive even earlier for travel on holidays. As for the security screening itself, keep in mind that you can request a pat-down instead of a full-body scan if you’re concerned about radiation from the machines . Just leave yourself a little more time for manual screening.

Pack Smart

SmarterTravel.com advises making a list every time you travel. Brainstorm with your travel partners ahead of time and keep a tally of items you know you’ll need as the countdown to your trip begins. When it’s time to pack, take a good hard look at the list and assess whether you really need everything on it. Then think about what you absolutely must bring (medication, toiletries, passports, other documents). Look it over again before you zip up your bags. The key is to devise your best system. Once you find one that works, remember to save your list to use again and again! You’ll maximize your packing efficiency and minimize your stress.

 

No one lists travel as their favorite part of the holiday season, but it is a necessary evil. So be sure to plan ahead and follow these simple guidelines to make the trip as stress-free as possible!