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Pack SmartIf you’re traveling by air, you can save time through the airport and money by simply packing lightly. Instead of waiting in an extra long line to check in your bags and pay a baggage fee at the service counter, try packing everything for the trip in a single piece of TSA-approved carry-on luggage and bring along your personal item, such as a backpack, laptop case or purse, allowing you to go directly to the security screening area. Additionally, if you’re like most every other traveler, you’ll need to bring chargers for your mobile devices, digital cameras and if applicable, your laptop. A smart way to ensure you won’t forget anything before heading out is to make a checklist of all the items you’ll need, such as medications, gifts and important documents. At the same time, you should also determine what items are best left at home, like valuable jewelry, more than two pairs of shoes or unnecessary gadgets. Traveling by personal vehicle during the Thanksgiving weekend is another scenario when a travel checklist can be very handy. Depending upon the length of the journey, the checklist may include items like healthy snacks, a cooler, plenty of water, paper towels, utensils, emergency road kit and on-board entertainment such as a books, portable DVD player or a tablet with games if traveling with children.
Get An Early StartIt doesn’t matter if you’re flying, driving or even taking a train, you should allow plenty of time to arrive at your destination. This is especially true if flying or some other method of passenger transport is part of your travel plans. While the typical recommendation to arrive at the airport for a domestic flight is two hours and three hours for international flights, significantly larger than normal crowds will also be on hand. This means the lines for checked in baggage and TSA security screening will be take much more time, even if you’re authorized for expedited screening from sources like TSA’s Pre Check, Global Entry or having elite status from a major airline. It’s also important to check your airline’s flight status before arriving at the airport. To make things even more manageable, visit MyTSA for update to date information on your airport’s status and its security wait times. For those driving, it really depends upon the length, time and location of your destination. If you’re headed to a major metropolitan, please note that according to Google, the busiest time to drive is the day before Thanksgiving from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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