BUFFALO, N.Y. — More than 53.4 million people are expected to travel this year, according to AAA.

There are a few things to remember that can make holiday travel more manageable.

First, pack your patience. This is one of the busiest travel days of the year with the hustle and bustle of people trying to make it home for the holidays.

The roads and airports will be much busier this year. Air travel is up by about 75% at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport since last year and officials are excited to see those numbers going back up. 

They say when planning your trip to the airport, remember to check the TSA website to know whether your turkey and gravy are safe to pack. Keep all gifts unwrapped until you reach your destination. And with travelers heading home all across the country, it's a good idea to arrive as early as possible to prepare for long lines.

“I think people can expect a busy situation right? So we're advising travelers to come to the airport early," said Helen Tederous, NFTA public affairs director. "Back to the old rules right? Two or three hours before your trip. Just give yourself a little extra time. It makes everything so much easier and less stressful and a better experience.”

And airport officials also remind you to keep that hand sanitizer handy and wear your mask.