Tips for travelling on the busiest days of the year

Get ready for some long driving hours this week if you plan on traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday.

With the large amount of people expected on the roads, major cities expect to see traffic backups.

Drivers, on the other hand, just say they are excited to meet up with family and enjoy some good food together.

According to AAA, 2.8 million Floridians are expected to travel during this holiday week, the most since 2007.

Weather and Traffic

Stay up-to-date while your travelling with the latest weather and traffic wherever you are with the WINK Weather and Traffic app. Free Download: Apple | Android

Flight times

Check your flight arrival and departure times from Fort Myers International Airport (RSW) at flylcpa.com

Flight times from Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) flypgd.com

You can calso track a flight live with flightaware.com.

Travel Tips

Arrive Early. Two hours prior to domestic flights and three hours for international.

Surface road will be very busy so allow extra time to get to the airport. Use the I-75 Direct Connect as the fastest way to enter and exit RSW.

Make sure you check your airlines policies on baggage. Weight and size, as well as charges.

Put identification on your bag and inside, in case the outside tags gets pulled off.

Check your airline website for any delays or cancellations.

Remember 3-1-1. No more than 3oz in a one 1 quart bag per person for liquids in your carry on.

Take anything larger than your cell phone out of your carry on luggage and put in the TSA bin.

For more information about TSA guidelines concerning carry on luggage, gifts and food items go to TSA.gov.

9 expert tips for your Thanksgiving road trip

  1. Get a good night’s sleep
  2. Don’t skip breakfast
  3. Buckle up
  4. Avoid digital distractions
  5. Keep kids entertained
  6. Take breaks
  7. Bring healthy snacks
  8. Transport cooked foods safely

Shopping

Here’s a full list of stores open/closed on Thanksgiving.

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