SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Today is considered the busiest travel day of the year, with people rushing to get to family and friends in time for Christmas and Hanukkah.

And it you’re one of the millions planning to fly – there are a few things to keep in mind so the trip goes smoothly for you.

“During the holidays or really anytime of the year is just to make sure its a smooth experience for everybody,” explains Kent Boyd, spokesman for the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

Airport officials say many people traveling this time of year are not used to flying and make take longer than your average business man.

“We’re headed to Marco Island, Florida,” says Shannon Gepford.  Suitcase in hand, the Gepford family is ready to take off.

“I always look forward to traveling and this is kind of going to be my first experience over the holidays. So far so good.”

He’s not alone.  An estimated 301 million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend.

“First time traveling at Christmas so it will be nice. Get some nice sunshine maybe come back with a little tan,” says Bonnie Price, a passenger.

With just two days before Christmas, things have been running smoothly at the airport and officials say it will get busier.

“You should always arrive early at the airport,” says Boyd.

He says to give yourself extra time to get through security and to your gate.

“I tell people in Springfield  to get here 90 minutes before the flight leaves and people say well that’s too much time. Well most of the time it is, but if something goes wrong then you’re in trouble. If a piece of technology breaks down at the check point like an X-Ray machine, then you could end up missing your flight.”

Travel can be stressful for anyone, so knowing what is permitted on flights ahead of arriving to the airport is important.

“Look at the websites of the airports that your going to fly through and learn the lay of the land. Find out where the ticket counters are, where the check point is, where the gates are.”

LINK: For more on air travel security procedures and prohibited items