Ask an Expert How to Make Holiday Travel Less Stressful

Lifehacker's Better State of Living Conversation series is brought to you with the support of State FarmTM. Today, time management ninja Craig Jarrow is live in the comments to answer all your questions about traveling drama-free.


Do thoughts of trains, planes and automobiles fill your dreams the night before a trip? Do you inevitably get to your destination and discover that you have forgotten to pack something?

Well, traveling doesn't have to be a stressful. In fact, with a little preparation, you'll be able to relax and kick back to enjoy the ride. That's why I'm here to offer strategies to make your experience as efficient as possible. Check out a couple of quick tips below, and then let me help you solve your travel worries in the the comments.

  • Planning — Ever been traveling and realize that you didn't have all the details about your trip? A few extra minutes of planning can prevent a travel mess once you have hit the road. Make sure you have all your itinerary details in one, easy-to-access location.
  • Avoid the Morning Scramble — The last thing you need is added stress before you get out the door for your trip. Don't do the morning scramble, and ensure that you get ready the night before. Packing the morning of a trip inevitably leads to forgotten items. Pack early enough that you have time to remedy any unforeseen issues.
  • Be Early — Have you ever missed a flight? Do you run through the airport like an Olympic sprinter dragging carry-on luggage? You never know what may happen on the way to your flight (or train). Always be early enough that bad traffic, or a long security line, won't derail your plans.
  • Use a Pack-list — How do you ensure that you've packed everything including your toothbrush? Use a personal pack-list to pack in less time and with more confidence. It will also help you avoid over-packing.
  • Find Your Way Home — Getting to your destination is only half the trip. You don't want to have to stress on your way home either. Always put important items like car keys and parking stubs in the same location, so that you know exactly where they are upon your return.

I'm looking forward to sharing some of my best travel efficiency tips and answering your questions. So head below, and ask away!

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