Over 47 million travelers will be traveling at least 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving this year. Over 89% of those will be on the road. Don’t worry, we’ve got a great list of travel tips to keep your stress levels in check.
Stress-Cutting Travel Tips
There is a 60% improvement in traffic between Saturday and Sunday the weekend after Thanksgiving. If you can wait to travel on Sunday, do it.
Travel before 2 p.m. or wait until after 7 p.m. since the late afternoon and early evening traffic will be a nightmare.
Look up your destination ahead of time to see what travel problems others have faced in previous years. Waze is a great, real-time, app to track traffic issues along your route.
Do your research on holiday season traveling. Choosing a more scenic drive that adds miles to your trip may actually save you hours of driving a congested freeway.
Break up long drives by selecting key places to stop along the way.
Travel apps and chargers are a must-have for the holiday season. You never know when you’ll be stuck and need to charge your phone, so make sure you have a USB, wall, and car charging option for your trip.
Choose clothes that coordinate. Wearing layers may work well if traveling between differing climates.
Consider having any gifts sent ahead of time, or give gift cards this year.
Pack snacks for your trip. Choose foods that won’t spoil, or plan ahead with time intervals. You can be as in depth as you wish.
Plan for the unexpected. Pack tire chains for snowy conditions in areas that require them. Make sure you have your winter kit, flashlights, and an up-to-date first aid kit. Also, be sure you have water available just in case.
Accept the craziness of the holiday season as one more story you can tell later. Your attitude will be the difference between enjoying yourself and being stressed. Try to stay positive in the holiday rush.
Keep your valuables out of sight, especially when your car is parked overnight.
If you travel with children, make sure they have something to keep them occupied. Headphones/ear buds are a necessity for digital devices. Most of all, make sure you take extra precautions with them about talking to strangers and staying close in crowded areas.
Keep the roadside assistance number on hand, and programmed in to your phone. You want a physical copy of it as well, just in case your phone is damaged, lost, or low on battery. Include phone numbers for your destination locations.
This is very important: make sure your vehicle maintenance is up to date. At a minimum, get your car and tires inspected before you hit the road. Make sure it’s winterized for travel.
These travel tips should get you started! Have a great time enjoying the holidays and visiting with loved ones.
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