According to AAA, they know how you can survive Thanksgiving travel. Leave early.
For the 48.5 million Americans expected to travel by car over the holiday, the best advice is to leave early. In the most congested cities, the Thanksgiving drive could take four times longer than on a ‘normal’ travel day, predicts INRIX, a mobility analytics company.
Traffic at airports will also be hectic. Leave early. That not only helps reduce stress, but builds in extra time for all those things that can go wrong, such as discovering your favorite airport parking lot is already filled up or there’s a hiccup with your airline ticket. And we all know how it is at the airports around the holiday. It gets slammed and there are long lines and bad tempers.
There are so many things to do to make your travel much easier when you fly around the holidays. For instance, wear shoes that can be easily removed and put back on. Charge up your phone before you hit the airport, even though airports have charging bays, finding an empty one around the holidays may be a challenge. Download apps from your airlines so you will have alerts for each of your flights. Pack extras in your carry on like snacks, and extra cash. You may have to deplane and you don’t want to be stuck in an airport without a snack (snacks in the airport can be pricey) or cash to get a snack or something to read if you didn’t bring something in your carry on.
If you’re traveling with food, remember if it contains liquids, jellies, or cranberries, they’ll need to be checked in. Foods like pies, and turkeys, you will likely be asked to take it out of your bag and put it in a separate bin for a ride through the x-ray machine.
Have a safe, thankful, and stress free Thanksgiving.