With the holiday season quickly approaching, so many people will be traveling to friends and families homes to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner.  The Lehigh Valley is stunningly beautiful at this time of year, with homes, parks, and city streets decorated for the holidays.  Make this year’s travel as safe and enjoyable as possible, and don’t forget to take advantage of everything the Lehigh Valley has to offer when visiting, or just passing through!

Travel on Tuesday
The busiest Thanksgiving travel days are Wednesday and Thursday.  If at all possible, arrange your travel day for Tuesday.  It may seem early, but you will potentially avoid many of the typical travel stresses of the busier days.

Return Home on Friday
Because the majority of people either leave to travel home on Thursday or stay for a long weekend, plan to return home Friday.  Even though it is the busiest shopping day of the year, most highways will be free of holiday travelers.

Travel Early or Late
Most holiday traveling is done between 9am and 12p.  Plan to do your traveling early in the morning or later in the afternoon to avoid most other travelers and potential traffic hold-ups.

Travel With Food and Water
Even though you may be traveling to reach the biggest feast of the year, it is important to remember that you never know what kinds of holiday traffic could hold you up.  The weather is also a factor when traveling at this time of year, if you are caught in a snowstorm you could be held up for hours.  Always travel with at least 2 bottles of water per person in addition to sustainable travel foods.

Travel Prepared for Anything
Even taking every precaution to travel safely and stress-free, you should always travel with emergency items like:

  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Map of the area
  • Food
  • Water

Keep Children Occupied
Traveling with children can be stressful, especially if going long distances.  Surprising them with a new toy or game is a perfect way to set them at ease and keep them occupied.  If your vehicle has a DVD player, a new movie will be sure to keep their attention for at least a little while!

Budget-Friendly Travel

  • By bringing your own food to snack on or have in case of emergency, you will be able to avoid the temptation to buy overpriced food items from gas stations or rest stops.
  • Don’t overpack your car because the heavier it is, the more gas will be consumed during travel.
  • If possible, map out the places you will need to fuel up.  Many cell phones provide apps that help you locate the best gas prices in the area.
  • If you have a choice in the vehicle you will use, opt for the more fuel-efficient one, allowing you to travel further on less gas.

The most important part about Thanksgiving Day is spending time with family and friends.  Make sure you arrive at your destination safely and as stress-free as possible.  Enjoy this upcoming holiday season and please leave a comment below if you have additional travel tips or “what not to do”!


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