For a calmer journey, fly off-peak—that’s Wednesdays, followed by Tuesdays and Saturdays, according to FareCompare, a site that tracks ticket prices from more than 500 airlines. After booking your flight, visit seatguru.com to find spots with more legroom, power outlets, and other amenities. Opt for electronic tickets to reduce your carbon footprint. Don’t forget to check cdc.gov/travel to learn of any health precautions (such as vaccinations) required for travel to your destination.
Sail through security
For stress-free travel, consider signing up for the TSA Pre-Check program. For $85, you can keep on your shoes, belt, and coat, and keep laptops in their case every time you travel for the next five years. Go to tsa.gov/tsa-precheck/. These are the things airlines don’t want to tell you (but every flier should know).
The night before your trip, finish packing (use a packing cheat sheet to make it a no-brainer), check in online, charge your cell phone—and a portable charger, if you have one, and place snacks in a carry-on bag. Ideal foods, according to registered dietitian-nutritionist Caroline Kaufman, are homemade no-bake travel bites made from high-fiber foods and healthy fats (think rolled oats, raisins, and maple almond butter); apples, clementines, nut butter, and your own mint and chamomile tea bags. Consider checking for the latest security restrictions, so you won’t have to surrender that bottle of chocolate almond milk you were so going to relish drinking.