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Easing the Stress of Holiday Travel

The holidays will be here before you know it, and if you’ve got a big trip planned, you know that it’ll be a busy time at the airport. Here are some ways to ease the stress of holiday travel.

First, make a list and check that you have everything before heading out the door. You’ll probably remember the big things but it’s easy to overlook some of the smaller items, like accessories for your electronic devices – chargers and flash drives, extra batteries and memory cards for your camera. If you’ll be traveling outside the United States, check to see whether you’ll need a power adaptor. 

Of course, make sure that you have your passport for overseas trips, as well as copies of your itinerary and a photo ID no matter where you’re going. It’s also a good idea to make a photocopy of your passport and stash it separately from your passport. If you lose your passport, the photocopy will make it easier to retrieve a duplicate from a U.S. Embassy. 

In case of a flight delay, remember to pack necessities, such as medications, in your carry-on bag. If you’re traveling with infants or toddlers, bring extra diapers, wipes, and changes of clothes. In fact, packing an extra shirt in your carry-on is a great idea at any age.

Traveling light is another way to reduce stress, not just for the airport, but especially if you’re taking public transportation to your hotel. Fewer bags and smaller suitcases will make the going much easier. You might even consider shipping extra, bulky bags. The cost could be similar to what some airlines charge for additional luggage. If you’re bringing gifts, either send them ahead or keep them unwrapped until after you go through airport security because if further inspection is required, they’ll be opened by airport screeners. 

For extra peace of mind, consider buying a tracking device for your luggage. If it goes missing, you’ll be able to trace it on your smartphone.

If the prospect of getting up for an early flight induces anxiety, consider staying at the airport hotel the evening before your trip. Travel Leaders COS has partnered with a few hotels to contract reduced rates. Some include free or reduced parking fares as well. It’s better to start things off on a relaxing note. You can have a leisurely dinner, get a good night’s sleep, and catch a shuttle in the morning, avoiding rush-hour traffic and exorbitant parking fees.

If you’ll be spending a lot of time at the airport, or if you’ve got a long flight ahead of you, consider splurging on a day pass to the airline lounge or even buying an upgrade to a premium seat. Lounges usually offer complimentary beverages and light snacks, high-speed Internet, and at some locations, even showers. They can be a great place to relax away from the crowded waiting area. A seat upgrade is a nice treat, especially on a long flight. You’ll have more room and, if your seat partially reclines, it’ll be easier to sleep on the plane.

For help planning a trip during the holidays or any other time of year, contact Travel Leaders COS at 800-273-0793, locally 719-597-0004, or send us an email at

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