1. Plan ahead and arrive early
The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest so it can be really helpful to plan ahead of time to ensure your trip goes as smooth as possible. If you are driving, think about rush hour times and consider alternative routes. Scenic routes may be longer distance but can be much more enjoyable than being stuck in bumper to bumper traffic. If you are flying, arrive extra early to beat the rush. It’s better to be at the gate enjoying a magazine and a latte than than having a panic attack in the security line because it’s taking so long.
2. Stay connected
Consider downloading key travel apps to your phone. They can help you identify any potential issues that may pop up and delay your travel. If you are driving our favorite is WAZE which connects you with other drivers to alert you to potential traffic, accidents, police traps and more. If you are flying, GateGuru has an excellent app that has detailed information of the terminal and real-time updates on your flight.
3. Prepare for the unexpected
Sometimes you can’t avoid every speed bump on your journey to turkey nirvana. Things like poor weather conditions, construction and last minute changes can undo all your planning in the blink of an eye. But don’t sweat it! If you plan extra time between the steps of your journey you will have the extra time if things don’t go according to plan.
4. Pack smart
By packing smart you can have the things you need close at hand should the need arise. If you are driving we recommend packing a small cooler that’s accessible to the cabin that can carry some drinks and snacks for your passengers and yourself. You never know what food options (or lack thereof!) lay before you. If you are flying avoid checking in bags as much as you can. If you do, make sure you pack your absolute essentials in your carry-on. Things like medications, toiletries, chargers and valuables should be kept with you at all times and can be a lifesaver should something happen to your checked luggage. We recommend packing a Riser Luggage Shelf in your carry-on to keep your essentials organized.
If something goes wrong, take a deep breath and relax. Some things are completely unavoidable so you should do your best to be flexible and patient.