Traveling during the holidays can be SO stressful! I don’t know anyone who actually likes traveling during the holidays. Sure, everyone loves getting to see their loved ones, or in some cases, avoiding their loved ones and going on that beach vacay to the Bahamas, but no one loves the “getting there” part. Am I right??
I’ve put together a holiday packing and travel tip guide to hopefully make your Thanksgiving and Christmas travel a little more organized and a lot less stressful!
What to pack:
- 1 pair of jeans (don’t lie, you wear a pair of jeans more than once a week before washing them again, so why would you pack multiple pairs for a short trip??)
- 1 pair of leggings
- 1-2 dress(es)
- 3 shirts or sweaters
- 1 pairs of socks for every day you plan to wear footwear requiring them
- 1 pair of underwear for everyday you plan to be away
- 1 nightwear/loungewear
- 1 pair of boots/booties
- 1 pair of flats/sneakers
- 1 coat/jacket/pullover
- Travel toothbrush (and unless you have a special tooth paste, there’s really no reason to pack a tube. 99.9% chance wherever you are going has a tube you can use)
- Travel size deodorant
- Face wash/care
- Travel hair brush
- Travel sized hairspray and dry shampoo
- Snack-size baggy of cotton pads or balls (if needed for face care)
- Straightener/Curling Iron
- Phone Charger
Things to pack in your suitcase: Clothes, shoes, shampoo, razor, face wash, hairspray, straightener or curling iron
Things to pack in a carry-on/purse: Make-up Bag, deodorant, hair brush, charger
(based on 3-5 day trip)
Packing and Travel Tips
ROLL DON’T FOLD – Takes up SO much less space and keeps your clothes from getting creased or wrinkly.
Packing Cubes – Packing cubes are the best way to keep everything neat and organized in your suitcase, so you aren’t rummaging around when you get to your destination looking for that pair of socks or bottle of shampoo.
Check the weather before packing- This one’s pretty self-explanitory, you don’t want to be too hot or too cold.
Pack by outfit– Plan out your outfits before you pack. See my example below…
Wear your heaviest/bulkiest clothing when traveling – This will save you room in your suitcase and is especially helpful if you are flying and have to worry about the weight of your luggage.
Invest in a lightweight, but sturdy suitcase – The lighter the suitcase means the more you can stuff in it when flying! This is also really helpful if you are traveling with gifts… which brings me to my next tip…
If you are flying, HAVE GIFTS SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO YOUR DESTINATION– This works great if you are going to visit family, just be sure to check if the package it is shipped in the original package (You don’t want the surprise to be ruined). Now, if you are going to a vacation destination, you will want to check with the hotel to see if they accept packages. If they don’t, I would either exchange gifts before or after your trip to avoid the trouble dealing with TSA.
Invest in travel-sized, reusable toiletry bottles– There is no point in packing your entire bottle of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and face wash for just a few days! Buy some travel-sized reusable bottles from Target or Amazon and you can thank me later.