Pictures Slideshow: Holiday Travel - 7 Tips to Make it Less Stressful

Reviewed by Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, Chief Medical Editor on Thursday, November 20, 2008

While traveling any time can be a major source of
stress, holiday travel can be even more nerve-racking.

Crowded airport during holiday travel

Plan ahead for unexpected delays

Traffic during snowstorm

Whatever your mode of travel, allow yourself more time than you
can possibly imagine you will need when traveling for the holidays.

Man with luggage checking his watch while waiting for a train

Plan for unexpected circumstances

Airport terminal monitor displaying delayed and cancelled flights

Consider the advantages of checking your luggage

People waiting to check their luggage

Travelers with young children will want to plan for
amusements and distractions for long waits, drives, or flights.

Child playing video games while parents eat on plane

Consider having an accessible change of clothing

Woman deciding which clothes to pack in suitcase as well as what to keep with her

Discuss your plans for next year's holiday well in advance.

Three lounge chairs on the beach with Christmas stockings

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