Thousands of people across Canada will be packing up and traveling this holiday season and to make it as painless as possible, CAA has put out some tips on how to make holiday travel by car less stressful.

CAA spokesperson, Silvana Aceto tells 570 News many people are looking to get away from the cold and head for warmer weather.

“They want places with outdoor activities, they may want to play golf or lay on a beach. Mostly people are looking for family fun.”

Aceto adds that the top driving destinations for 2013 are Florida, South Carolina and Arizona.

There are something’s that you need to remember before hitting the road, Aceto adds, such as planning a route, making sure your vehicle is mechanically sound, and being prepared when traveling with kids.

“You want to make sure you that you have in-car activities, maybe it’s cards or a watching movies, or listening to their favourite music in order to occupy them.”

Aceto adds that if you are planning to go away over the holidays, you should make sure you protect your home.

“Unplug your appliances to ensure they don’t cause a fire while you are away, and don’t leave your keys on a hook by the door because that is the first place thieves are going to look. As well, suspend any newspaper subscriptions and ask a friend or a neighbour to collect your mail, and make sure your home looks lived-in.”

It is also a good idea to purchase travel insurance Aceto says, because an unexpected trip to the ER or the doctor’s office can be expensive.