The best thing to pack on the way to the airport Friday is patience as the manager of Kamloops Airport predicts it will be the busiest travel day of the season.
"It will be a heavy travel day," said Fred Legace.
Legace said some 1,500 to 2,000 people will pass through Fulton Field either leaving or coming home from holidays.
Given the way many businesses operate, most people get vacation time for Christmas or New Year's, but rarely both. He said this creates a crisscross of people coming or going.
"Friday is that intersecting day where everybody is running across everyone's path in terminal buildings across the country," said Legace.
"The flights will, in all likelihood, be full."
He said people should arrive early and give themselves time to get checked in. Also, the weather can be unpredictable and delays are expected.
Kamloops Airport experienced slight delays after a massive ice storm struck out east. Legace said setbacks continue to take place in airports across Canada.
"If Toronto sneezes, the rest of the country catches a cold," he said.
The forecast for Kamloops calls for mild temperatures and overcast skies, which come with their own set of problems like freezing rain and low fog.
"Be warned, Mother Nature has a role to play in all this," said Legace.
For the latest flight information, visit kamloopsairport.com.