Published on October 31, 2019

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Photography by Ellen Van Dusen

We know you just put out the pumpkins, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Whether you’re excited about going home to family and friends or are looking to book it out of the cold weather stat (we don’t blame you), it’s time to get cracking on the reservations. Booking site Hopper just released its findings on how to score the best travel deals, and apparently, the last day to save big on Thanksgiving flights is November 7. 

After that marker, Hopper reports ticket prices spike an average of $10 or more per day—no thanks. Keep your eyes peeled, as the prices will change around 100 times between now and the holidays. With the clock ticking, it’s also time to grab your suitcase (we have our eye on the just-released one by Arlo Skye and Dusen Dusenand get packing. 

Wherever you go, you’ll need a few essentials to get you through any scenario; thanks to a carefully curated carry-on packing guide in our new Weddings issue, we have a few ideas that won’t take up much space. There’s the chic water bottle for combatting parched in-flight skin (and too much red wine) and the cozy pj’s to slip into the second you’ve finished your slice of pumpkin pie. The handy mini-cocktail kit is essential for whatever the holiday season throws your way (from overactive seatmates to delayed flights), and the camera? That’s for capturing the whole weekend. After all, affordable tickets may not be around for much longer, but memories last a lifetime.

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