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Dec 18, 2018

With Christmas approaching, and New Year’s Eve not far behind, many people are finalizing their travel plans. AAA estimates one in three Americans will travel this holiday season.

If you want your trip to be safe and problem free, it’s important to take a few steps before you embark on your journey.

McCarran International Airport maintains a list of travel tips you should follow that include: limiting the amount of luggage you take on a plane; having your I.D. handy; and knowing ahead of time which items are prohibited in carry-on bags.

The Transportation Security Administration offers a travel checklist that you can print and follow for your flight. The TSA also offers assistance for passengers with disabilities and medical conditions.

All travelers are urged to be mindful of their surroundings at airports. Never leave baggage unattended, report any unattended bags to the TSA, and, if you see something suspicious, say something.

If you are traveling by car, ensure your vehicle is maintained. Have a mechanic inspect your vehicle before your departure. Be sure to take food, water, batteries, cell phone chargers and other supplies you may need in the event of a breakdown. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle that includes: jumper cables, first-aid supplies, flares, and blankets. Be sure to include supplies for your pets if you are bringing them with you.

See more road travel tips from AAA

The holidays are a special time for many families. Make sure you arrive to your holiday destinations safely and on time.