Nothing can induce panic like the thought of crowded airport lines, traffic jams on the highway, and making sure you packed everything you will need to have a magical trip. But all the planning in the world cannot prevent those little unexpected annoyances from popping up and creating havoc on your travel plans. The solution to keeping your cool when trouble strikes, may surprise you. It's not automated boarding passes or scheduling alerts on your phone. No — the one secret to stress-free holiday travel is mindfulness.
There is no doubt that planning ahead is good preparedness — that is an tried and true travel tip that eliminates many problems. But to keep the stress at bay when traveling, try applying some basic principals of mindfulness to stay calm and work through any code red situation. Because you don't want to have a complete meltdown when you realize you forgot to pack your phone charger and your battery life is on 10 percent.
Keeping your stress in check is not just a more pleasant way to make it through holiday travel, it's important to your overall health. Think of these ideas as a small bag of tricks that you won't have check when you board the plane.