The 4th of July is more than just picnics, fireworks and parades. It's a time when many people travel across the country either by car or plane to be with family and celebrate the holiday. If you're one of the people traveling for the 4th of July, here are the tips you need to try to make the most of your travel time.
If you're driving to your ultimate destination, make sure your car is ready for the trip. Test your battery, get an oil change, check your tires and more before you start a road trip. If you're driving long distances with little kids, try to make stops along the way or even stay one night in a hotel if the drive is too long.
Half the battle of traveling is finding the best way to get there. If you're driving, try to map your route before you get in the car. You can program your GPS to see if there are low-traffic areas you can take or figure out the best time to leave. The bottom line is that planning before you go instead of figuring it out while you're driving will save you time.
According to Google, the key 4th of July travel days are July 3–6. The best time to leave is before the workday traffic starts on July 3 or later in the evening after everyone goes home. Generally, 4 to 6 a.m. is a great time to hit the road on the actual holiday or after 11 p.m. if you don't mind sitting after fireworks.
If you're flying to your destination, remember that fireworks and firecrackers will not be tolerated on flights. Wait until you get where you need to go before buying them. Even traveling in a car with fireworks can be dangerous if you also have kids with you or you're not storing each item properly.
TSA recommends getting to the airport a few hours early if you're going to be traveling for the holiday. Between June 28 and July 9, 2018, TSA screened 28.3 million passengers and crew members. With that many people, you're bound to run into a time crunch if you're not at the airport early enough.
It's important to have an emergency kit in your car no matter where or when you're traveling, but it's especially crucial if you'll be in the car for a longer trip. Make sure you have a phone, car charger, flashlight with extra batteries, first-aid kit, water and snacks in case anything happens.
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