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Apr 15th 2011 12:30PM Most of these tips should be standard practice for travel preparation. The point of #2 shouldn't be to have the largest carry-on luggage but rather to have your essentials nearby. #3 is a selfish strategy for traveling in public. If the idea of traveling in cramped spaces stresses you out, consult SeatGuru and pick the aisle/window/bulkhead/exit row seat or upgrade to the larger cabin.
This might be nitpicking but #1 doesn't have anything to do with reducing stress. A passport is simply a requirement for international travel.
Having to change plans on-the-fly (pun intended) is the worst kind of stress though so I'd highly recommend #4. I'd also add having airline phone numbers on hand so you can begin making contact with airline reps even before you've left the plane.