Five Tips for Safe Thanksgiving Travel

Thanksgiving Day is one of the busiest travel days of the year, when millions of people hit the roads or take to the air. Here are five tips to help make your Thanksgiving travels go smoothly and get you to your destination safe and sound.

If you’re flying, check in early
Check in electronically 24 hours before your flight and print your boarding pass at home. You’ll avoid check-in lines at the airport get to your gate faster with less hassle.

Avoid heavy travel days
If possible, travel on Monday or Tuesday and return on Friday. The airports and highways are far less crowded on these days than they are on Thanksgiving or even the day before.   

Be prepared
Packing at least one night in advance helps you be more prepared and reduces stress. You’ll have time to remember things you might have forgotten and won’t be running around like a crazy person at the last minute. Also be sure to pack all medications, charge your cell phone and bring the charger with you.

If you’re driving, get your car serviced
Having a mechanic give your car a check up before you leave not only helps ensure that you won’t break down on the way, but that your vehicle is as safe as it can be. To avoid long lines at the gas pump, be sure to fill your tank the night before you leave.

Keep the kids occupied
Pack plenty of snacks and drinks for the kids. If you’re flying, make sure you double check on the amount of bottled liquid you’re allowed to bring on your flight. You should have plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied—books, games and fun activities can make the time fly.

For more advice about trip planning—for the holidays or any time—AAA.com is loaded with all sorts of tips and tricks to help make your travels as safe and stress free as possible.

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