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How to travel smart this Holiday season.

A third of the entire country will be traveling through the holiday season. Whether it’s by train, car or plane. Experts are predicting that 2018 will be the heaviest travel season to date.

Posted: Dec 21, 2018 6:25 PM

UTICA- A third of the entire country will be traveling through the holiday season. Whether it’s by train, car or plane. Experts are predicting that 2018 will be the heaviest travel season to date.

Some travelers locally are venturing farther than most this season. Donna Felt is travelling back home to New Zealand

"I'm waiting for the train, the Amtrak down to New York city. I'm starting my journey home for Christmas. I'm going all the way to South Island New Zealand. "

Traffic is also bound to be an issue. Experts recommend that you pack extra tools, snacks, and water. Also, the weather can have a significant impact on traveling as well.

"Make sure you are prepared for the weather when you leave, and make sure that you if you fly especially, that you wanna get there at least two hours early. "Normally this time of year you wanna get there at least an hour before, this time of year you wanna make it two hours."

There are many different ways people are traveling this holiday season. Pam Davis who is taking the Amtrak to the Boston area says in her opinion driving may not the best idea.

"Um don't drive, and maybe don't fly. In Spite of the train being late, its better."

The number one item that you should pack with you on your journey is a cell phone charger. Experts tell us that having a reliable piece of communication is important. Having a dead cellphone will only add to the stress of traveling.

"You know this time of year; a lot of people are doing extra phone calls with their friends and family. Send a lot of pictures, a lot of fun stuff going on. So, you wanna make sure that you're not driving along and have your phone go dead and have no way to plug it in."

Bringing wrapped gifts is also a bad idea. The last thing you want is to have TSA opening your presents to figure out what's inside. Experts believe that you should pack your presents unwrapped if possible, then wrap when you arrive at your destination.

But one thing that will get you through this holiday travel season is patience.

"Stay in good Christmas cheer, obviously traffic is no fun. But put on the radio and some Christmas music and relax, you'll get there. Do it safely and take your time."

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