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Holiday Border Crossing Tips

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(WLNS) - As vacationers prepare to hit the road today Michigan and the nation could be in for the busiest Memorial Day weekends in years.

AAA estimates more than 1-million Michiganders plan to travel.

And there are some reminders those getting ready to cross any borders.

We all have that traveling checklist to ensure that we've packed all of the essentials for a family vacation but today the US Customs and Border Protection want you to pack one more thing in your suitcase: patience.

Thousands of mid-Michiganders will be traveling across the Detroit, Port Huron and Sault St. Marie border crossings this weekend.

The office of field operations says all travelers, including US and Canadian citizens, need to present approved travel documents to enter the US by land or sea.

Here are just a few other tips for crossing the borders: prepare for the inspection process, have your crossing documents available and ready to go when approaching the border.

Monitor border wait times. The Customs and Border Protection website will be updating wait times at ports of entry every hour, identifying light traffic and short waits.

They also want you to know the difference between personal use and commerical use and lastly do not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy, poultry or firewood into the US without a permit.

And again one of the biggest tips of the weekend no matter where you're headed.

Give yourself extra time.

More than 36 million Americans will be traveling which could add several hours to your trip.

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