If the point of getting away is to relieve stress, the difficult issues that can arise before and during your trip can end up doing the opposite.

However, with a few of these tips, holidaymakers can avoid a lot of headaches.


1. Plan Ahead

Leaving packing until the last minute not only adds to the stress of traveling, but you may also forget to pack something important in the rush. Make a list of everything you'll need for your trip and start packing a few days before you're going to leave.

Check the weather and traffic reports so you'll know if you need to add extra driving time to arrive at your destination on time. Also, don't forget to check for any flight delays in case weather might be affecting another part of the country.


2. Prepare Children for Travel

While traveling with children can create great memories, it can also be stressful for all parties involved. Games and activity books can nip boredom in the bud and keep children occupied. Also, remember to explain to children what's going on through the process. Those who are new to flying may become upset and anxious when dealing with unfamiliar security checks.


3. Keep Blood Sugar Stable

Hunger and low blood sugar can affect the mood of both children and adults. Remember to pack a few snacks to take with you on your trip. Not only will this help control mood swings; you can also avoid expensive snacks in the airport or on the airplane, or unhealthy fast food on the road.


4. Arrive Early

It helps to arrive early. At airports, finding parking, checking bags, and standing in security lines can add a lot of time to your check in process. It's better to arrive early and relax than rush and possibly miss your flight. Rental car companies may have extra paperwork you need to fill out, and the sooner you get that completed, the sooner you can start your travels. 


5. Rent a Car or Book an Airport Pick Up

If your travels involve taking a road trip instead of an airplane, consider renting a car to prevent wear and tear on your own vehicle.

Minivans and crossovers like the Toyota Sienna and Ford Edge offer plenty of room for people and luggage. Or, if fuel economy is a bigger concern, gas sippers like the Chevrolet Volt or Honda Civic can get you where you need to go without spending a fortune to fill up.

Rental car companies like Enterprise, allow you to call ahead to reserve the vehicle of your choice. This way, you know exactly what you're getting, and there will be no surprises when it comes time to pick up your car.


Traveling doesn't have to cause stress. With some forethought, it's possible to prevent many traveling headaches before they even start. That way, you'll be able to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free trip.