6 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Travel

With a little preparation and foresight-and a hefty dose of patience-you can avoid some of the most stressful holiday-travel traps and even enjoy the trip (8 Photos)

Stacey Colino on Oct 1, 2013 at 2:05PM

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6 Steps to Stress-Free Holiday Travel

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Avoid the Heavy Baggage

We’re not talking about your relatives, just your actual luggage—and presents. If you’ve shipped gifts already, good for you. Now, before you pack, lay out everything you’re thinking of taking and then remove about a third of it, Dr. Scott suggests.

You don’t want to wrench your back, neck or shoulders carrying an overly heavy bag, or stress out about whether you can hoist it into an overhead compartment. “Think about what you’ll be most comfortable in,” Dr. Scott says, “and get down to a basic wardrobe.”

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