Thanksgiving is the perfect yearly reminder of what you’re most grateful for, from your loved ones to a warm slice of homemade pumpkin pie. But during the days of cooking, decorating, and travel required to reach those moments of peaceful reflection at the dinner table, it’s not always easy to stay in the moment — or avoid a blunder in the kitchen.
Whether you’re catching a Thanksgiving morning flight or hosting your extended family this holiday, these tips can help make your journey to the dinner table safe and smooth.
Tips for Thanksgiving Travelers
If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving, you’ll be joining millions of other Americans — which means you’ll probably hit a traffic jam (or several) in the airport or on the highway. Here’s how you can get ready for one of the busiest travel holidays of the year:
Prepare Your House
You may not have to worry about filling cornucopias and finding extra seating for this year’s Thanksgiving table, but that doesn’t mean your house doesn’t require a little preparation for the holiday. Before you head out, follow these tips to help protect your home while you’re away:
From minor inconveniences like forgotten headphones to major issues like a flat tire, a lot can happen during your pre-Thanksgiving journey. Here’s how to help avoid problems and increase your chances of a smooth trip.
If you’re flying to your Thanksgiving destination, the TSA has a few tips to help in the airport:
Know What’s Happening Back Home
Whether you’re near or far, the Neighbors App can help keep you updated with what’s happening at home. From safety information to weather alerts, you’ll get real-time notifications from your neighbors and local agencies. If you get a severe weather or power outage alert, for example, you can ask a friend to check in on any pets you left behind.
Indoor cameras from Ring can also help you keep an eye on your furry family members between sitter visits. With an Indoor Cam or Stick Up Cam, you can view live footage from the Ring App and tell your cat you miss them. And if you notice they knocked over their water bowl, you can text the sitter to let them know.
Outdoor cameras can help you check on your car, shed, garage, or other outdoor areas to see if everything’s the same as you left it. If severe weather hits, you can also check for downed branches or other problems and call a friend to help.
With a video doorbell and compatible smart lock, you can also check who’s at the door and open it remotely, even if you’re across the country. That means if you call a friend to check in after a notification that your Flood & Freeze Sensor was triggered, you can let them inside with your smart lock and use Two-Way Talk to let them know where the potential leak is located.1
Tips for Thanksgiving Hosts
From searching for dozens of ingredients at the grocery store to juggling side dishes that need different cooking times and temperatures, there’s a lot involved in hosting holiday guests. These tips can help make things more manageable in the days and hours leading up to the big dinner.
Prepare in Advance
Hosting Thanksgiving is always a little hectic, but getting as much done as possible in the days before can help you avoid last-minute shopping trips and dinner delays. Here are some things to cross off your list:
Stay Safe in the Kitchen
Use Technology to Your Advantage
Being stuck in the kitchen can make you feel like you’re missing out on Thanksgiving day festivities. But just because you can’t leave the food unattended doesn’t mean you can’t get involved in what’s happening in the rest of the house. If you have indoor and outdoor cameras set up, you can use your Echo Show in the kitchen to display live feeds — and with Alexa, you won’t even have to stop stirring the gravy.
You can also ask Alexa to talk to the backyard, so you can cheer on your partner’s touchdown in the annual family football game. Or, if a guest arrives early, you can tell them to come in and meet you in the kitchen. If the door’s locked, Alexa can unlock your Ring-compatible smart lock while you baste the turkey.
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Now that you’re prepared to drive, fly, or host a Thanksgiving feast, it’s time for the most important tip of all: Have a wonderful holiday! We hope you get to share the best meal of the year with all your favorite people — and that there are plenty of leftovers to keep you fueled for holiday decorating and Black Friday shopping.
1 Ring Alarm and all Ring Alarm accessories require a subscription for in-app features and digital notifications, including digital arming / disarming and integration with other Ring, Echo, Alexa, and third party products. Subscription sold separately. View ring.com/protect-plans for pricing and details.