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5 Thanksgiving Travel Tips for Families Who Are Visiting Family This Season

It's the holiday season, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner. There are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare to visit your relatives this holiday season.

It is not necessary for travel to be stressful and chaotic. If you plan ahead of time and follow these five Thanksgiving travel tips, you will have a great time with your family.

Fill Up Your Gas Tank Early

If you're driving to see family for Thanksgiving, you should fill up your gas tank as soon as possible. Gas prices skyrocket during the week of Thanksgiving, so fill up a week early if possible.

Even if you do not start your trip with a full tank, you can still get a few cheaper miles. Filling up early will also allow you to relax and avoid a last-minute gas station run (which you will have plenty of during your trip!).

Get a good night's sleep the night before

Whether you're flying, driving, or taking public transportation to see your family for Thanksgiving, getting enough rest is essential. The entire family will become irritable and upset if you are tired and cranky while traveling.

If you must be at the airport early in the morning, have everyone in the family go to bed early the night before. Nothing beats being exhausted and having to navigate an airport with a large group of people.

It is best to drive after a good night's sleep the night before your trip. Don't endanger your passengers by not getting enough rest the night before you leave.

Travel snacks during the trip

It is best to pack plenty of snacks and drinks ahead of time if you are going on a road trip. This will allow you to avoid stopping for food as frequently and keep the whole family happy. Hungry children can make Thanksgiving travel difficult.

As the driver, you should also ensure that you get plenty of rest. Low blood sugar can make you tired and less alert, posing a risk to you and your passengers. While traveling, fuel your body with healthy snacks such as nuts, seeds, meats, and cheeses.

Make sure to give enough time for your travels

Whether you are flying or driving, there are many unexpected travel delays during the holidays. Airports are busier, major highways are busier, and you never know what might go wrong with your plane or car.

If you need to be at Grandma's house by 6:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving night, plan on arriving at least an hour early, if not earlier.

This will allow you to unwind and enjoy your trip more fully. Nobody wants to be rushed and stressed over the holidays. To be safe, allow for a few extra hours or even a full day of travel time.

Aim to unwind

Thanksgiving can be stressful if you are in charge of organizing travel for your children and other family members. Make some time before your trip to relax and unwind. If you are calm and well-rested, you are more likely to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends; don't let travel concerns keep you from enjoying the festivities.

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