If you are planning a trip for the holidays to a destination that is not out of the country, you still are going to run into a lot of things that could make for a stressful trip and it's always a good idea for you to make sure that you have a good plan for your trip, no matter where you travel to. Making sure that you plan well in advance is going to help you lower the stress of traveling during any holiday.
One of the first things you should probably consider is to try and pack as light as you can. If it is all possible you should try and just take a carry on bag with you and try to avoid a lot of excess luggage that needs to be checked in and in most cases will cost you extra for each additional bag these days. It is also a good idea if you do some research by going online and checking the airlines website to see what they do and don't allow you to bring on board.
If it's during Christmas and you have gifts that you need to bring with you, you can save yourself a lot of stress and money if you simply mail the gifts a head of time to where your final destination is. A lot of airlines don't allow wrapped gifts on board and you may have to check them in like luggage. There also is the chance they could get lost or even stolen.
When picking out the dates of your travel, you really need to do this smartly. Some people who do not travel often don't realize that the days before the actual holiday and the days right after are usually the days that the airlines charge more money. If you can wait to fly out on the actual day of the holiday you will save money because the air fare is usually cheaper on the holiday itself.
Don't take your own car to the airport so you can avoid the outrageous prices they will charge you to keep your car there. You should either arrange for family or friends to take you and pick you up or just take public transportation instead. This will save a lot of money and stress.
You might also want to see if your airline gives you the opportunity to be able to arrive at a regional airport that might be just outside of your destination instead of flying into a large airport that will be over crowded and more than likely cost more to fly to.
Early morning flights, as much as they may be inconvenient for you are probably the best times to fly because they are usually cheaper and the crowds are not as bad. Early flights also generally have less of a chance of being delayed. You also might consider a non-stop flight as well because they are delayed less than other flights.
It's always a good idea to try to come and check in as early as you possibly can. The earlier you check in the shorter the line will be. These lines can be extremely long and even some flights might end up being over booked and you could end up having to take a different flight. So get there early and bring something with you like music or a good book for your wait after checking in.
Make sure you bring plenty of snacks with you, bring extra batteries for anything you have that requires them. Make sure that what you are wearing is really comfortable. If you are on any medications make sure they are not packed away and are with you. Smile, keep with the spirit of the holiday at all times and everything should be OK.