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Memorial Day officially kicks off the summer travel season. Ahead of what is expected to be a busy travel weekend, per the Georgia Department of Transportation.

This year’s road trips are expected to set a record with about 38 million traveling by car AAA reports. If you live in the metro Atlanta area, avoid the roadways between noon and 7 p.m. on Thursday or Friday, which is expected to be the most congested times.

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Memorial Day travel tips:

Plan Ahead

  1. Book Early: Hotels and flights fill up quickly, so book as early as possible to get the best deals and availability.
  2. Check Travel Restrictions: Ensure you are aware of any travel restrictions or requirements for your destination, especially if traveling internationally.

Prepare for Crowds

  1. Travel Off-Peak: If possible, start your trip a day or two before the holiday weekend to avoid the heaviest traffic.
  2. Allow Extra Time: Expect longer wait times at airports, train stations, and on the road. Leave earlier than usual to account for delays.

Safety First

  1. Vehicle Check: If driving, make sure your car is in good condition. Check the oil, tires, brakes, and battery.
  2. Emergency Kit: Pack an emergency kit with essentials like a first aid kit, flashlight, batteries, water, and snacks.

Smart Packing

  1. Pack Light: Bring only what you need to avoid extra baggage fees and make your travel experience smoother.
  2. Essentials in Carry-On: Keep essential items like medications, important documents, and valuables in your carry-on bag.
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Stay Informed

  1. Weather Updates: Check the weather forecast for your destination and along your travel route.
  2. Travel Alerts: Sign up for travel alerts from airlines or travel apps to stay updated on any changes to your plans.

Health Precautions

  1. Sanitization: Carry hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks. Clean high-touch surfaces in public areas.
  2. Hydrate and Rest: Stay hydrated and get enough rest to keep your immune system strong during travel.

Fun and Relaxation

  1. Entertainment: Bring books, music, or podcasts to keep you entertained during long waits or travel times.
  2. Explore Safely: Once at your destination, explore local attractions, but remember to follow any safety guidelines in place.



Memorial Day Travel: Whether You’re Flying Or Driving, What You Need To Know 
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