Constant travel can be stressful, even if it doesn't have to be. Good preparation, planning and attitude will take you a long way and help you enjoy the journey. If you're one of the nearly 55 million people on the road this Thanksgiving, below are some Thanksgiving travel tips to make your trip a little smoother.
About 50 million people will be traveling by car this Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving travel tips are simple and easy to follow to make your trip easier and more enjoyable. One of the first things to think about is getting your car fueled and serviced the day before you leave.
This Thanksgiving travel tip may seem simple, but most people avoid charging before they leave, adding unnecessary time on the road. Charging your car day or night will save you time and comfort on the day of the trip. While at the gas station, you can add air to your tires and clean your windshield if necessary.
If you are traveling with small children, be prepared for less stressful situations for everyone, such as breakdowns or boredom. As a parent, one of the best tips for Thanksgiving is to pack snacks. Consider a fun box like a weekly pill box that contains some goodies like goldfish, ice cream, wine or other small treats.
In this way, treats can be interesting for older children as well. An additional Thanksgiving travel tip to consider if you're traveling with kids of any age is to make sure you have things to keep the boredom at bay. Some easy things to put together for fun include books, button books for younger children, and genre sections for older children.
Reading aloud while driving can be fun for everyone. Also make sure all electronic devices and portable chargers are fully charged. Other tips to combat boredom on the Thanksgiving road trip include packing pencils and paper or coloring books and making fun playlists to keep everyone entertained while driving together.
Thanksgiving travel tips are often simple and easy. Even something as simple as leaving before eight in the morning or after eight in the evening can help you avoid heavy traffic and make your trip easier. Before you leave, check your car's oil and fluid levels, check your tires, make sure you have emergency roadside equipment and do general car maintenance first.
There are more Thanksgiving travel tips to consider than packing snacks, entertainment, and lots of patience for air travelers during the holiday season. Before you hit the runway and try to take off, make sure you know what you can and can't do. There is a MyTSA app that you can download and ask questions about what you can and can't pack on your flight, available online.
Whether you're traveling by car or plane, using some simple Thanksgiving travel tips can make your trip easier. Above all, give yourself plenty of time and enjoy where you are and look forward to your destination. A good attitude is the best thing you can do to make your trip enjoyable not only for you but also for those around you.
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