If you will be traveling at Thanksgiving or Christmas, you will have a lot of additional planning to take care of. Today, start a list that you can continually add to, and on this list jot down anything that comes to mind that you need to do before you leave, or things to take with you, etc. Keep this list handy so you can add to it as things cross your mind. Hopefully this will help prevent that "last-minute rushing around like a chicken" syndrome!
If you will be flying, you might want to check this website: www.tsa.gov
There are some new rules about taking liquids onto planes. If you will take the time to purchase the sizes they accept and pack them the way they explain, you will be much happier in the long run.