There's nothing quite so satisfying as a Thanksgiving meal spent with family and loved ones. On the flip side there can be nothing so wearisome as holiday travel to get to those family and loved ones.
The Thanksgiving road trip is an American classic, over the river and all that. If you are one of the approximate 54 million travelers and have chosen to hit the road instead of flying the friendly skies, it's not always a piece of cake (or pumpkin pie). Here's a few tips to help make the drive one of ease and enjoyment.
Let's face it, there's going to be traffic. If possible, try to avoid the peak rush hours such as Wednesday afternoon and evening. If you can leave a day or two early, go for it. If you don't have too long of a drive ahead of you, get up early and leave on Thanksgiving morning. The traffic is usually light and can make for a mellow drive.
Comfort is key. Too many people and possessions crammed in a limited space can cause not only physical discomfort but emotional flareups. A solution to alleviate crowding is the addition of a hitch mounted cargo carrier, like the StowAway MAX Hitch Cargo Carrier. With its 16 cubic feet of storage space and 200 lbs of gear capacity, the StowAway can handle whatever you throw at it, or in it. The Max Carrier comes complete with taillights, hitch tightener, a lighted license plate bracket and is mounted on either a fixed frame or a rugged swingaway frame that allows clear access to the back of your vehicle.
Route choice can also be a factor. Try an alternate route like a state or county road. It may take a little longer, but the scenery is lovely and you'll probably find it much less stressful than being on the Interstate. This is also a good back-up plan in case of freeway traffic jams or closures.
Rest breaks rejuvenate. The simple act of walking, even if it's just to use the facilities or to stretch out will significantly reduce stiffness in muscles and joints, especially with the "chronologically gifted". Children and pets along for the ride also enjoy a good frolic.
Here's to a happy, relaxing, gratitude filled Thanksgiving holiday!