Know Before You Go: Tips to Avoid Potential Travel Stress

Planning a trip, whether for business or leisure, always seems to take a load of time and energy. Once you’re off, there are a million things that could go wrong, some of which could make your trip a miserable experience. Booking through a travel agent usually provides the comfort that we need to relax, but not everyone prefers to travel this way. Believe it or not, there are many preventative measures that you can take to avoid the stress caused by potential mishaps when traveling domestically or internationally.


  • Check your destination’s weather – there is nothing worse than not packing appropriately
  • Look up taxi companies before you leave so that you don’t stress about getting from point A to point B
  • If arranging for a rental car, make sure it has GPS. Getting lost in an unfamiliar city can be very unnerving
  • Mark your bags with bright luggage tags or ribbons (use the same color on all of them) so that they are easily identifiable when coming off the carousel
  • Include a business card, on or in every piece of your luggage. In the event that it gets lost, airport security has a way to contact you
  • Keep a list of your confirmation numbers (airline and hotel) handy – try noting them on a slip of paper in your pocket, or email them to yourself so they can be quickly accessed
  • Allow for plenty of time to get to your gate at the airport. Security in some airports can take an hour or longer to get through
  • Text or email your airport parking location to yourself
  • Download an airline application (Delta, Southwest, Continental, etc.) for your smart phone. These handy apps offer features such as electronic check in, airport maps and electronic boarding passes

International (In addition to the above suggestions):

  • Double check the expiration date on your passport 2-3 months prior to your departure
  • Call your cell phone carrier to check up on your phone’s international capabilities (coming home to a $900 phone bill, due to roaming, will definitely stress you out)
  • Purchase maps prior to your departure
  • Read up on airport customs so you don’t get held up in the airport
  • Notify your credit card companies that you will be traveling out of the country so that your purchases do not get flagged
  • Arrive with local currency in-hand to be prepared in case your cards aren’t accepted]
  • Consider bringing a language dictionary, or downloading an application to your smart phone that will assist you with the local language

What do you find helps avoid, or even relieve travel stress when you’re on the road?


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2 responses to “Know Before You Go: Tips to Avoid Potential Travel Stress

  1. Airport customs….HUGE suggestion! Don’t get stuck like I did in Paris. The Delta ticket counter closes at 4:30 each day. If your flight is delay, missed, or cancelled you are SOL until the next morning at 8:30.

  2. Lynne

    Here are a few more tips :
    • To ease the process of going through security checkpoints avoid wearing clothing, jewelry or other accessories that contain metal
    • De-clutter carry-on luggage, keep your personal items organized in clear plastic bags; keep your electronics, i.e., computer, phone, camera and other electronics together in one area.
    •Wear comfortable shoes that can quickly slip on and off.

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