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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Don’t wait until you’re ravenous, cranky and desperate for something to eat at an airport, train station or rest stop. Pack portable healthy fare for the journey.

Besides satisfying your hunger, “eating regularly keeps your blood sugar levels steadier, so you’ll be less anxious and irritable while traveling,” explains Dawn Jackson Blatner, R.D., a Chicago-based spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and author of The Flexitarian Diet.

Bring along tasty, portable snacks, such as an apple with a small handful of almonds, a PB&J sandwich (or the grown-up version—sunflower seed butter with apricot jam on whole-grain bread). Steer clear of dehydrating coffee and cola, and drink enough water to keep you well hydrated (at least a cup or two every three hours), but not so much that you have to dash to the restroom frequently.

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