Travel Tips For Thanksgiving Weekend

UNITED STATES - Traveling by vehicle presents challenges during a holiday weekend as long as Thanksgiving.  However, it's possible to get around with a bit of planning. If you do decide to fly to your Thanksgiving destination, be sure to get there early. This will prevent unnecessary traffic delays. Leaving early will also allow you to make sure you have all of your belongings with you.

Travel Tips For Thanksgiving Weekend


The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has a few tips for travelers.  This year, TSA plans to screen 4% more passengers than last year and encourages people to arrive at the airport early. This will reduce the chances of delays and make it easier to check-in. Also, a smartphone with a GPS can help speed up your trip.

Another tip is to pack light. This can save you time and money on your trip.  You should also make sure that your devices are fully charged. Packaging a survival kit is also good since you never know what Mother Nature will throw at you. If you plan on traveling with your family, you may want to delegate some of the tasks to someone else. This will also ensure everyone gets a good night's sleep before the big day.

Another tip is to plan your route.  You can minimize your trip by traveling at night or driving later in the day. If you're going, it may be best to stick to the freeway. However, you should maintain your vehicle so it's safe to drive. This can help you avoid accidents and save time.

You should also check the weather before you leave.  The weather can be unpredictable at this time of year, and there may be snow or ice on the road. If it's a colder day, you may want to leave early. Also, make sure that your windshield is clear. You can even drive a little slower to prevent ice buildup. Keeping your side windows clear also helps.

The day before Thanksgiving is usually the year's busiest day, especially in the Northeast.  The best time to leave for your holiday trip is around 3 p.m. The worst time to leave is around 4 p.m. You should also pack a "survival kit" and check your oil and heater.

The most critical Thanksgiving day travel tip is to plan ahead.  A good trip can take longer than you expect, so leave yourself plenty of time. You may also want to allow extra time for security checks and parking.