1. Travel on off-peak days. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year. A better option is to leave early on Thanksgiving Day and avoid the record traffic the night before. Same goes with flying: if you fly on the actual holiday itself you’ll be avoiding the long lines and hoards of travelers.
2. Ship gifts ahead of time or don't wrap them. TSA suggests to ship wrapped gifts or wait until you reach your destination to wrap them, as they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it.
3. Travel early or late in the day. Flight statistics show that planes traveling earlier in the day have a better on-time performance. And if your flight is cancelled, you will have the option of taking a flight later in the day. Also, there will be fewer lines at security. Best time to hit the road? When every one else is asleep -- early morning or late at night.
4. Don't drive yourself to the airport. Airport parking prices rise around the holiday. Have a friend or family member drive you instead. Less money, less stress!
5. Always have snacks available. When it's a long day of traveling and waiting in lines or sitting in a car, snacks will help diffuse a meltdown! You may be tired, but you won't be hungry.