If you’re flying somewhere over the next few weeks, the single most important thing to bring with you is a good attitude (and maybe a sense of humor).

You should go into the trip assuming there will be crowds, hassles and delays…and just prepare yourself as best you can to cope with the headaches that come with holiday air travel.

Once you’ve assumed this “zen” mindset, there are a few more concrete things you can do to prepare. An article in today’s NY Times  offers some great advice, including: have a “plan B”, make sure you have all necessary emergency numbers on hand, pack smart, and more. For the full list, click here.

If you have your own tips for making holiday travel smoother and more pleasant, please add them below!