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Take a deep breath, more people than usual will be traveling for Thanksgiving

Plan ahead, stay calm, and hold the gravy.

A lot more Americans are planning to travel this Thanksgiving. According to AAA's travel report, 48.7 million people plan on going at least 50 miles away from home for the holiday. That's the most people since 2007.

Compared to last year, almost 2 percent more people will be on the move.

But one important number is down: gas prices. The current average for a regular gallon of gas in the Twin cities is $1.971. Last year it was $2.167.

Tips if you're driving

AAA reminds drivers to prepare their vehicles for winter. Be sure to check the vehicle's fluids and tire pressure. It's also a good idea to have a winter roadside kit.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety recommends putting a kit in your vehicle during winter months, so you might as well do it now. The DPS says you should keep food, water, jumper cables and a bunch of other things in your car this winter.

According to the National Weather Service, there's some snow and rain in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. It's not projected to be anything like Friday's blizzard, but it could still affect road conditions.

There might be some rain and snow in the Twin Cities on Thanksgiving night, too.

Tips if you're flying

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says 27.3 million passengers will fly this Thanksgiving, up 2.5 percent from last year.

According to the TSA, the busiest days will likely be Nov. 18 to 23 and Nov. 26 to 28.

So if you're flying around that time, AAA recommends arriving extra early – 1.5 to 2 hours before departure for domestic, or 2 to 3 hours for international flights. Airports will be busy.

Also, limit your carry-ons. Flights will be full and overhead spaces will likely fill up. Just keep that in mind.

For more tips on how to fly painlessly this Thanksgiving season, check out the TSA's punny, joke-filled blog of turkey day travel tips.

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