Most of go on vacation to relax, but the process of getting somewhere can cause a lot of stress and panic that can put you of ever traveling anywhere again! Sometimes, no matter how prepared you are, something will disrupt your careful planning and organisation and send you into meltdown. While you can’t plan for the unexpected, there are some things you can do that will make traveling a much less stressful experience to make sure you have a wonderful vacation after all.

Create an email folder for all of your plans

Nothing causes more panic than not being able to find a confirmation email or some booking details that you need on the day you’re traveling or throughout your vacation. By creating a folder in your inbox solely for your trip-related admin, you’ll have a much better chance of being able to find all of the details you need and avoid those gut-wrenching moments at check-in desks, etc. that can increase your stress levels and get your trip off to a bad start.

Stay before you fly

Travelling to the airport can cause a lot of stress ahead of your trip. From traffic issues to having to drive at weird times of the night to make a flight, staying overnight before you fly is a great idea to start your vacation off well and let you get to the airport without that last minute dash. Hotels near airports like the Best Western Plus Newark Airport West for Newark Airport offer great value and a comfy bed to sleep in so that you can continue your journey refreshed and calm for a much more relaxing start.

Make lists

Lists are great for helping you to remember what to book, what to pack and so on. Make sure you have a good travel packing list and to check it over with someone else to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything – it’s easily done, but you can reduce the risk as much as possible by being prepared!

Take some entertainment with you

Whether you’re traveling alone or with kids, any delays or long journeys can leave you anxious and bored. Make sure you take plenty of things to entertain you – iPads, books, magazines – anything you can think of that will make passing the time more bearable. Check out these great suggestions if you’re stuck for inspiration on how to stay entertained while traveling.

Triple-check details

When planning your trip, work backwards to make time for when you should confirm and check details to avoid leaving it until the last minute. Set milestones the day before, the week before and two weeks before so that you can make sure that all the right details are in place, and that there are no mix-ups with flight times or dates, hotel names and so on. As and when you book things, put them as calendar entries in your phone, and you’ll feel much more reassured.

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Written by Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers

Jacqueline Chambers is the founder of TGIFguide. She uses her innate skills as a natural “connector” to serve businesses, brands and individuals in the LA area and beyond.