Thanksgiving Weekend Travel Tips

The holiday travel season is upon us. First up, of course, is Thanksgiving, which has all the hassle of the Christmas travel season crammed into a much smaller period of time. Of course, the headaches that come with traveling the week of Thanksgiving are not enough reason to forego traveling. You just have to be smart about how you travel. Here’s how:

Avoid Traveling Wednesday and Sunday

The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after Thanksgiving are the worst travel days of the year. Whether you’re going by plane, train, or automobile, you need to do your best to avoid traveling on these days altogether. If you can skip out of work on Monday or Tuesday and travel then, do it, and the same applies to missing work on Monday or Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Even traveling on Black Friday can be a good idea. You don’t need to go shopping that day anyway, not when you have Cyber Monday and the entire month of December.

Travel Light

When you go out of town for Thanksgiving, you’re only going to be gone for a few days. Despite what you may have heard, don’t pack as if you’ll be gone for two weeks. You don’t want to carry around too much stuff and you definitely don’t want to pay airline baggage fees. If you end up having to check your bag, the airline could very easily lose it. After all, they have to take care of a massive amount of passengers in a small window of time. If you pack light, your travels will be much easier to manage.

Stay Charged

This can actually apply to both your body and your electronic devices. For starters, you need to make sure you’re well rested. If you’re feeling tired, you’ll be more likely get stressed out or annoyed if there’s a delay or setback. You may have the same problem if you’re hungry, so eat a good breakfast and take snacks with you so you don’t have to spend money on airport food. Finally, make sure all of your important electronic devices are fully charged. You never know when you’re going to need them and you don’t want to have to use an airport charging station just because you forgot to charge your phone or iPad ahead of time.