Roads and airports expected to be packed with holiday travelers this weekend

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KSFY) - If you're hitting the road or flying the friendly skies over the next week be prepared for company.

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A new AAA report says more than 107 million Americans are traveling for the holiday season.

"I would say that Christmas this year has personally been one of my busiest years for Christmas travel," Lorie Buus of All About Travel said. "It's unreal."

And it's important to prepare for your trip.

"The busiest time for travel will probably be Wednesday and Thursday if you're traveling by automobile," Marilyn Buskohl of AAA said.

If you're flying to your destination, airports are likely to be busy all weekend.

AAA expects more than 280,000 South Dakotans to flood the airports and roads.

"Most every seat is going to be full check in early don't wait till the last minute again flights do overbook 10-15 percent because they anticipate people not showing up," Buus said. "If everybody whose booked shows up for that flight there's going to be some people that are bumped."

There are other ways to avoid a headache at the airport.

"Get to the airport a minimum of two hours before your flight and always call ahead to make sure there aren't any delays or cancellations," Buskohl said. "If you're traveling by car just make sure you are prepared, you're well rested and that you've allowed enough time so that you're not stressed."

Be sure to check your car. Check your battery, tires and fluids before you hit the road. Don't forget to keep a winter kit in your vehicle.

"Make sure that you have a cell phone and a car charger with you then make sure you have battery cables, a small snow shovel, water, some breakfast bars, or some sort of food, a blanket, a flash light and kitty litter in case you get stuck," Buskohl said.