Tis the season for crazy travel woes.

November is right around the corner and that means it is completely appropriate to begin watching Hallmark movies and playing Christmas movies. Right? As the year quickly draws to a close, now is the time to begin making your holiday travel plans. Christmas is a special occasion for many people, but surprisingly Thanksgiving boasts the highest travel numbers in the U.S. The day before Thanksgiving is continually known as the worst day to fly or travel for the holiday. Whether you are forced to travel on this day or not, you should expect travel to be significantly busier than normal. As you navigate the chaos that is Thanksgiving travel, here are five useful tips to help.

How to stay sane when traveling this Thanksgiving.

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1. Wash your hands.

Washing your hands is very important during this time of year, especially if you are going to be in an airport. You do not want to risk catching a cold over the holidays. Take along some hand sanitizer as well to ward off those pesky germs.

2. Bundle up.

The weather is getting colder, so make sure you pack accordingly. Unless you have a Hawaiian getaway on your agenda, always bring some warmer clothes.

3. Leave early.

This one applies for any time you travel, but certainly during Thanksgiving. If you plan to drive home this year, leave extra early so you avoid potential traffic hold-ups. For those flying, take extra care to arrive at the airport ahead of schedule so you have time to get through the lines.

4. Pack light.

Packing less for holiday travel is especially useful if you are flying. If you are able, bring only a carry-on with you so you do not have to wait for your bag once you reach your destination.

5. Plan ahead.

If you are one of the millions of people hitting the road this year, make sure you strategize. Plan your route ahead of time so you know how much time to allow for potential delays. It is also useful to have several backup routes in mind, just in case you need to avoid Thanksgiving traffic.

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Faith is a writer and social media manager residing in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She is passionate about people and currently attends university in pursuit of a degree in Clinical Psychology and Counseling. A nomad by nature, Faith finds utmost joy in trekking around the globe and strongly advocates backpacking as the best way to explore anywhere. Being a bookworm and an avid coffee drinker, she is likely to be found sipping an Americano and mulling over a classic novel.

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