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Holiday weekend travel guide

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CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

Whether you are traveling by air or by car this Fourth of July weekend, you will be accompanied by millions of Americans.

According to AAA, a record 45 million Americans plan to travel this weekend.

Officials with the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport are expecting travel volume to be up about 12 percent.

They say the rush starts Thursday morning and will last through Saturday morning. Here are some tips to ease your stress and save you time:

  • Arrive to the airport 2 hours before your flight departs.
  • Print your boarding pass at home.
  • Select your seat and check your bags at home.
  • Check the status of your flight online before heading to the airport at cvgairport.com
  • Familiarize yourself with TSA's procedures so that you don't pack anything that may slow down the screening process.

The top five travel requests received by local AAA Auto Travel Counselors are:

  1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina    
  2. Gatlinburg/ Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  3. Ft Walton Beach/ Destin, Florida
  4. Clearwater/ Fort Myers/ Sarasota, Florida
  5. Hilton Head, South Carolina

More than 1.5 million Ohioans plan to hit the road, up 2.4 percent from last year.

More than 116,000 Ohioans will be flying to their destinations, up nearly 3 percent.

Before embarking on your road trip, here's a checklist to keep you and your family safe:

  • Prepare and expect lots of congestion on the roadways, especially if traveling South.
  • Keep valuables in the trunk and out of sight.
  • Get your tires and engine inspected before heading out.
  • While on the road, eliminate distractions in the car so the driver can focus.
  • Be sure the driver gets plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel.
  • Always buckle up!

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