1) Bag It: When packing, tightly roll your clothes as opposed to folding them. Items made of synthetic fabrics, such as nylon, are less likely to wrinkle than natural fabrics, such as cotton. To maximize even more space in your bag take your now mini clothing burritos and put them into Ziploc bags and squeeze the air out.   You may also choose a Bundle Wrap technique. According to USA Today’s Travel Tips, the trick is to put the smallest and least wrinkle-able clothing on the inside of the bundle, surrounding it by layers of larger and more easily wrinkled garments. The website suggests this list, from inner to outer layers: shorts, which are then wrapped in sweaters or knits; pants; short-sleeved and then long-sleeved shirts; dresses; skirts; and jackets. This will give you plenty of room for all the new goodies you’ll be squeezing in your suitcase after the holidays.

2) Juice Up: It seems like a no brainer to charge your phone, tablets, laptops etc. before you leave home, but something always slips through the cracks before a big trip.  Make sure to juice up your devices and pack your charger within close reach (in your carry-on if flying, or  use an adapter for your cigarette lighter). Also, look into purchasing a travel charger, such as a Mophie, to charge your devices when in a pinch.

3) By Plane:  It’s the holidays and that means it’s the height of the travel season.  Plan to arrive at the airport 90 minutes before your flight departure so you don’t get caught in a ‘Planes, Trains and Automobiles’ situation.  Before you leave be sure to review TSA travel tips and that you are following the 3-1-1 rule for liquids and gels. When flying in and out of John Wayne Airport Orange County (SNA), take advantage of the off-site Main Street Parking Lot located at 1512 Main St. in Irvine. 

4) By Car:  You may not be zoom-zooming down the crowded roadway this holiday season, but you can make the trip a little less painful by planning ahead. Know your route ahead of time, especially where you can refuel your engine and your tummy. 
Pump up your tires before you roll out to increase fuel economy, pack your cell phone adapter (see number 2 above), monitor for inclement weather and download a few new tunes or books to listen to while creeping along in traffic. Use this guide when in Laguna Beach to find the easiest parking spots in town. 

5) Breathe: Patience is going to get you lot further, a lot quicker than anything else you plan, pack or do.  We know it’s crazy out there so take a moment and clear your head before jumping in the deep end of the holiday travel pool. So whatever it takes (deep breathing, happy thoughts, prayers) to chill your inner stress case then do it. Safe travels and Namaste.

---Image, Herman Schultheis via flickr