There are a lot of things you can make you worry when you’re traveling…and if you are an anxious person you know that your anxiety doesn’t take a vacation just because you do! Here are some tips and tricks for your nervous travelers out there!
Starting with the planning of your trip. If crowds stress you out, plan your trip during “shoulder season” when it will be less crowded.
Basically during times right before and right after peak travel season. That way, the weather is still good, but the crowds are at a minimum.
Next, research, research, research! Learn everything there is to know about where you are going. For some people, the anxiousness comes from the “unknown” factor. Take care of this by doing your homework before you leave.
Are you one of those people that think that you’ve forgotten something VERY important when you leave on a trip? The garage door open? The stove on? I think we’ve all worried about something like that at one point or another! Here’s a tip for all of us with a little bit of OCD.
Take photos of all of the things you are worried about not doing. For example, snap a shot of the stove knobs in the off position or the closed garage door. It might sound crazy but it will give you some peace of mind.
I recommend this next one even if you aren’t an anxious traveler…make lists!
Physically checking things off as you accomplish them is very cathartic! Make a packing list and a checklist of things you need to get done before you leave.
You should also take pics of your luggage inside and out so that in the off chance your bag is lost it will help the airline identify it.
It might be a good idea to take screenshots of all your flight details, directions, maps, etc. in case you don’t have internet or misplace your printed documents.
Speaking of important documents…pick a spot for all your essential items so you’re less likely to think you’ve lost them. Assign a special pocket in your bag or jacket…and make sure it has a zip closure.
Be sure to always put the items back into that pocket once you are done with them, this way you are less likely to be frantically searching for things.
And finally, if flying makes you feel claustrophobic it might be a good plan to spring for some extra leg room if you can. It’s usually about $25-$35 more per ticket, but is well worth it when you just need that extra space to feel calm.