Survive Thanksgiving With These Holiday Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and with it comes a massive increase in travel across the country. To quote a popular animated TV mom:
That’s right; Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel days of the year. So, to help survive the holiday, here are a few helpful holiday travel tips:

Tip 1 – Expect the Unexpected

Traveling during the holidays seldom goes as anticipated. So, to relieve the stress associated with that problem, always expect the unexpected. From climate delays (nearly unavoidable this year due to winter climate notices across the nation) to a flat tire, be sure you’ve prepared for any conceivable event at whatever point you travel.

Tip 2 – Arrive at the Airport Early

Almost everyone knows that you ought to arrive one hour early for domestic flights (two hours for international). However, few individuals tend to realize that they ought to double that time during holiday travel. So, for Thanksgiving (and other enormous holidays) arrive two hours early for domestic flights and at least three hours early for international. Fail to do so, and you’ll wind up spending turkey day in an airport terminal!

Tip 3 – Pack Smart

If you have to fly, try your best to avoid checking any luggage. Be that as it may, if you must check a bag, make sure all your necessities are in your carry-on. The last thing you need is to be without your medication on the off chance that your stuff happens to get lost.

Tip 4 – Know What Foods to Check and What to Carry-On Flights

The TSA has exact rules concerning which sorts of foodstuffs they permit on flights. There are rules for both carry-on and checked food items.

Foods Safe for Carry-On The following types of foods are allowed as carry-on items:
  • Cakes
  • Pies
  • Stuffing mix (not the stuffing itself)
  • Casseroles
  • Other solid foodstuffs
Foods to Check You should always check any of the following food items for flights:
  • Wine
  • Gravy
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Jam and preserves
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Other liquid or otherwise amorphous food items (like stuffing)
Still worried about checking or carrying on food? If so, you can always download the MyTSA app. It has a feature (called “Can I Bring”) that checks the TSA database to see if your item is allowed or not.

Tip 5 – Relax

Thanksgiving is all about investing time with family and being appreciative of what you have. So, do not let holiday travel issues stress you out. Remember to unwind. Unexpected things happen. Don’t add your stress and panic on top of that. Take a breath, take a walk, take a driving break, and make sure you keep your mental wellbeing in high priority. Keep in mind that holidays are supposed to be a break from the stressors of everyday life. Do not let Thanksgiving ruin your Thanksgiving!