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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Travel Tips

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Last-Minute Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Whether you’ve been busy at work, you’re a serial procrastinator, or you’re simply dreading the thought of a family meal, you’ve waited until the eleventh hour to make your way home for Thanksgiving. It’s time to face the music and start planning.

First, you need to decide how you’ll travel. Then you should determine the dates of your trip. And finally, there’s the matter of packing and preparing. From the mode of transportation to smart packing to things you can check off the list before you leave, these quick tips can help ease a stressful situation. So if you’re freaking out, take a deep breath and check out these last-minute Thanksgiving travel tips.

Be Flexible

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Be Flexible

When the pickings are slim, you have to roll with the punches. If flying out in the morning is twice the price compared to an evening flight, book the cheaper option. Your wallet will thank you.

Buy a Portable Charger or an Extra Phone Charger

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Buy a Portable Charger or an Extra Phone Charger

There are certain items every savvy traveler will know to pack, and a portable charger is one of them. A portable charger, or even just an extra USB charger, will come in handy for road trips in particular, especially if you’re using your phone as a GPS. If your car doesn’t have a USB port, look for a charger that plugs into the 12-volt outlet.

Check the Price of Your Flight

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Check the Price of Your Flight

Keep checking your flight to see if the price drops. Depending on the airline policy, you may get a refund or credit for the difference.

Compare One-Way Flights

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Compare One-Way Flights

One great way to save on airfare is to buy one-way flights on two different carriers. Doing so can sometimes get you a better deal than booking a round-trip ticket.

Do Some Easy Research

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Do Some Easy Research

Let the internet do the work for you. Search for flights on Trivago, Kayak, Google Flights, and other travel search engines. You’ll have all possible prices and times at your fingertips.

Don’t Pack Items You Won’t Use

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Don’t Pack Items You Won’t Use

Pack what you need, and not more. Consider the length of your trip, where you’re going, and what you will be doing before you pack. If you’re heading home for a weekend, you don’t need every outfit in your closet. Plus, you need to be mindful of the weight limit for checked bags and size limit for carry-ons.

Download Your Airline’s App

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Download Your Airline’s App

Travel apps can be a lifesaver. Stay ahead of the game and get real-time updates so you’re not surprised when Mother Nature has other plans for you. If your flight is delayed or cancelled due to rain or snow, you’ll know instantly. Then you can race to the ticket counter ahead of everyone else.

Get Rid of Perishable Food

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Get Rid of Perishable Food

Check expiration dates on containers and packages, or make a quick salad using up all the fruits and veggies in your crisper. The last thing you want to come home to is something rotting on the counter or in the refrigerator.

Grab an Empty Water Bottle Before You Fly

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Grab an Empty Water Bottle Before You Fly

Pack your own water bottle to fill at the airport. There are plenty of water fountains, and many airports have installed specific stations for filling up water bottles.

Keep an Eye on Groupon

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Keep an Eye on Groupon

Groupon is a must, whether you need a hotel or you’re looking to do something new and exciting over the holiday weekend. Sign up for email alerts or simply browse the website for the best deals you can find that weekend.

Secure Your Home

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Secure Your Home

Traveling at the last minute means you’re likely to forget something. Don’t let it be an unlocked door or a plugged-in iron. Make sure all doors and windows are secure, and double-check that anything unnecessary is unplugged.

Stop at the ATM

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Stop at the ATM

Grab some cash before you go. Although credit card companies are doing their best to make everything cashless, it’s always good to have some bills on hand for incidentals. And you’ll avoid paying ATM fees if you can’t find a branch of your bank near your destination.  In order to make sure you have enough cash on hand during your trip, here are 10 money-saving travel tips for you to keep in mind.

Take the Bus

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Take the Bus

If you don’t mind the scenic route, grab a book or an iPad and prepare for some “me” time. Both Megabus and Greyhound offer rides starting around $100 round-trip depending on your destination.

Take to Social Media

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Take to Social Media

Social media isn’t just a great place to share your travel stories and successes; it’s also a great place to discuss your travel woes. Pose a question on Facebook or Twitter asking others about deals they’ve seen or what they’re doing to cope with travel stress. Try using the colorful background on Facebook or the Twitter poll feature to get people’s attention.

Travel Mid-Week to Save Money

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Travel Mid-Week to Save Money

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are often considered the cheapest days to fly. Most people travel on weekends, so there’s a chance you can score better deals mid-week. You may even be able to avoid full flights and get some extra room on the plane. And if you've got extra room on the table once you get to your destination, here's a list of every Thanksgiving side dish you'll ever need.

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