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Stress Free Traveling

Is there such a thing as stress free traveling?  There are some people who seem to be immune to stress.  Are you super zen when traveling?  Like “my flight got canceled & there’s no refund & they’ve lost my luggage & my previous seatmate spilled red wine on my last clean sweatshirt (with no apology or acknowledgement) & my credit card was stolen & I only have $8 to try to buy a meal at LAX & I’m still chill” zen?  If so I don’t think you’ll get a lot out of this post.  Look, I’d like to think that I’m pretty chill but I am certainly not immune to stress when traveling.  Sometimes it rolls off my back and sometimes it ruins my afternoon.  I’m human.

Assuming you’re also human – I’ve got some travel tips for you for stress free traveling!  Check out these easy ways to reduce stress and keep your cool, even if everything else around you is going to sh*t.


This can’t be over sold and I don’t think it needs any explanation.  Also, see below.

Good headphones can change your whole trip (image: Pexels)


Download an app for meditation.  I like Calm as they have some free guided meditations but there are plenty of options out there.  Pop on your noise canceling headphones, close your eyes, turn up your guided meditation and take some deep breaths.


It’s easy to feel terrible if you’re dehydrated, and if you’re flying it’s even easier to dry out.  Make sure to drink enough water, both in transit and at your destination!

Packing a reusable bottle is the way to go! (image: Pixabay)


Getting hangry will absolutely lower your stress defense barrier!  Pack snacks, always.  Even if you’ve pre-ordered a special meal for your long haul flight or don’t have far to go.  Delays, cancellations and errors happen all the time so you might find yourself on a 12 hour flight with no vegan meal (ask me how I know) or having to wait around an airport for several hours where they charge $15 for a burrito.  Don’t eat them in transit?  You’ve got snacks for your trip!  No harm, no foul.


Bring something lavender scented with you, like an essential oil roll, to help chill.  This will also come in handy if you’re trying to unwind once you reach your destination (especially if there’s a time zone change!).  Make sure to keep your toothbrush/toothpaste in your carry on so you can brush your teeth even if you’re stuck waiting 10 hours for another flight.  Pack a portable charger!  Nothing chews on my sanity like thinking I’m going to have a dead phone in an unfamiliar setting.

Don’t forget your phone charger! (image: Pixabay)


Safeguarding your passport will help to keep you from being sucked into chaos you don’t need.  Keep a color photo copy of your passport’s front pages in case yours gets lost or stolen.  I made a copy of mine and keep it in a waterproof zip bag inside my carry on (and I store it there, too, so it’s just a given).  Speaking of passports, don’t ever put yours in your seat back pocket.  Get in the habit of putting it into your purse/small personal item/pocket and make it a point to double check.  All the meditation apps in the world won’t help your stress level if you lose it.

Careful where you put your passport! (image: Pixabay)

These are fairly basic tips for stress free traveling but go extremely far when it comes to helping you hold it together.  What are your favorite ways to keep stress out of your travel plans?

Don’t forget to check out my Best Apps for Foreign Travel post to make your trip go even smoother!

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  1. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    February 28, 2020 at 5:34 am

    A portable charger or power bank is a must. I am never without one everytime I leave the house. I will have to remember to take lavender essential oil too. Thank you for that tip.

  2. Lori Bosworth

    February 28, 2020 at 9:57 am

    These are great tips! I especially like the idea of bringing a toothbrush and phone charger in my carry on for those unexpected wait times.

  3. Liz Cleland

    February 28, 2020 at 10:01 am

    These are all the things I take with me when I travel. Especially the headphones for any flight I have.

  4. Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    February 28, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    These are all great tips. I haven’t done much traveling lately, but I will keep these in mind as I plan some trips in the future!

  5. Michael

    February 28, 2020 at 8:37 pm

    The headphones is a great way to have a stress-free flight. You just have to get used to it as not all people are comfortable with it.

  6. Melanie williams

    February 29, 2020 at 4:56 am

    There are some really good products here for sure. I like the look of the noise cancelling headphones xx

  7. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    February 29, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    Such great ideas! I have the Calm app and I do love it! And DEFINITELY a portable charger comes with me 🙂

  8. Taylor

    February 29, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    These are such great tips. I once forgot snacks and I was an incredibly grumpy travel companion. Now I’ve always got plenty!

  9. Marjie Mare

    February 29, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing this informative post. Traveling abroad can be stressful no matter how much we plan ahead.

  10. Christa

    March 1, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Snacks are a must-have for me! I get so irritable if I’m hungry. Lol.

  11. Lyosha

    March 1, 2020 at 4:29 am

    Great post! A little healthy snack, water bottle, book and documents are the only thing I actually need during my travels

  12. Karla

    March 1, 2020 at 7:07 pm

    This is really helpful. I’m travelling a lot and I keep on getting hungry while on a plane. I always end up spending more for food. Packing some snacks are really essential!

  13. Cristina

    March 2, 2020 at 4:22 am

    Noise cancellation headphones are such a good investment!

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