How to Stress Less While Traveling
I am finally back from Toronto and have to say, I am ready to stay in one place for the next few weeks. Yes, weeks. I travel every couple weeks and sometimes, every week for work. Although traveling is my favorite thing to do, it isn’t quite the same when it’s for work. Traveling to and from work locations has been nice for racking up airline miles but, it does become exhausting. AND sometimes stressful. I’m sure you’ve heard the cliché saying that life is all about the journey and not the destination. In travel, why can’t both be enjoyable?
Today I want to share some travel tips with you. Let’s talk about how to stress less while traveling. I realize I've learned a lot from traveling so often this past year, I practically live out of my suit case! Here are some thoughts from a constant traveler on how not to pull out your hair while flying.
Pack Early - I can't express the importance of this enough. I basically live out of a suitcase and find myself being a bit cocky and pushing the limits on packing sometimes. I've learned that my number one way to be less stressed for flights is to make sure I pack the bulk of my items at least one day before my flight. This also helps me get in the mindset of remembering items that in a rushed scenario, I may forget.
Plan your Outfits - This comes along with packing early. Try and coordinate your outfits so that the pieces are interchangeable. For example, if you have a statement piece like the Faux Shearling vest in this post, pack more than one item that pairs well with it. I also try and stick to mostly black interchangeable pieces like basic tops or leggings and layer from there when applicable. I find myself wanting to pack way too many shoes. My rule of thumb here is asking myself the question, “How often will I wear these?” For work, I pack a basic pair of flats that work well with most things, a pair of sneakers for the gym and then maybe one pair of fun shoes. Colors like nude, black or camel brown are the best for mixing and matching.
Check in Early - Checking in early allows you to breath the day of your flight. If you check in early you also have the opportunity to pay for your bag at the time also. This minimizes the day-of scramble so that once you get to the airport you can basically just hop into a bag drop lane, use your app or boarding pass from checking in and go about your day.
Be Comfortable - There is NEVER a case where I am not comfortable at the airport. Even if I have to go straight to work I will wear leggings and comfortable shoes on the plane and change in the airport restroom if needed before I go into the office. I also bring a blanket scarf (yes, even on my flights to hawaii) So I have something to keep me warm and cozy when trying to catch some Z’s on the flight.
Have Essentials on Hand - As soon as I get through security, the very first thing I do is purchase two LARGE bottles of water. The plane can be so dehydrating, it's important to hydrate while in the air and not depend on the infrequent flight attendant service. I also recommend keeping anything you may need such as headphones, lotions, medicine etc. on your person. I keep the important items in my purse and not in the overhead bin. Although that bag is accessible, it's still a pain to get it down and dig though it on a flight.
After countless hours of my life spent in airports, wether for work or travel, I have learned that preparedness and mindset is EVERYTHING. I’m certain you’ve experienced the franticly stressed traveler. It may have been you! You know, the one time you almost took it out on the TSA agent for doing their job and searching your bag because you have a full sized hairspray in your cary on. We’ve all been there. Remember these easy steps and enjoy the trip. It’s all about the journey, after all.
What are your tips for less stressful travel? Feel free to comment below!
With Love and Wanderlust,