Hit the road: How to prepare for the most travel-intensive weekend of the summer

Hit the road: How to prepare for the most travel-intensive weekend of the summer
Hit the road: How to prepare for the most travel-intensive weekend of the summer

SAVANNAH (WSAV) – This week is the anniversary of our country’s independence and Americans love a good birthday party. Whether you’re on the road, going on vacation or staying close to home… it’s going to be crowded and you should be prepared.

We have you.

If you’re staying here, remember that the Lowcountry and Coastal Empire are popular destinations, so there will be plenty of newbies on our roads and highways. Look both ways when crossing and don’t assume visitors know the rules. Also, it’s a good idea to stock up on supplies, as local bars and restaurants can be annoyingly crowded. As always, keep an eye on your furry friends. They don’t like the noise of explosives and may need a little extra care and comfort.

If you’re driving in the region, keep in mind that there’s likely to be a lot of traffic in many directions, but especially toward the beach. Have pity on the poor souls from Ohio who only have a small window of time to enjoy a day or two at the beach. Be a friendly driver, or at least don’t descend into aggression. As we said in the ’70s, get there alive! Leave early so you can listen to Led Zeppelin and just relax. Get a gas app so you know where to get gas, and pack snacks so you don’t go hungry.

If you’re taking a flight today, be glad. Officials at the Savannah/Hilton Head Airport tell me they’re ready, but say many people are surprised when they arrive at the airport and see a ton of people at 5:00 a.m. They offered some tips to make the busiest travel time of the summer a little less “crazy”:

  • Arrive 2-3 hours before your boarding time.
  • Allow extra time for traffic on I-95 and the inconvenience of finding a parking space.
  • If you use a ride-sharing service, make sure you get a driver in advance.
  • Do not walk around the arrivals deck. Use the cell phone parking to wait for pickups.
  • Expect delays. Bring snacks and a neck pillow. Charge your phone. If everything goes smoothly… rejoice!

Finally, TSA wants everyone to familiarize themselves with the current list of prohibitions:

  • Fireworks/firecrackers
  • Firearms/Ammunition
  • Axe/hatchet
  • Bear spray
  • Illegal drugs or alcohol over 75%

Interestingly, you are allowed to carry antlers, artificial skeleton bones and bocce balls… but only because you may Doing something doesn’t always mean you should do it. Click here to see a full list of things that can result in disapproval, confiscation, or civil penalties.

Safe travels everyone…and happy birthday, Big A.

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