Packing: Home for the Holidays *List*
How to Pack Gifts
- · Take gifts in your carry on – After all that strategic shopping, you don’t want to risk your bag ending up in Lost Luggage and arriving empty handed.
- · Do not wrap gifts – Wrapped packages as a TSA no-no. I bring holiday gift bags and tissue with me –no tape and scissor needed – and wrap gifts upon arrival.
- · 2 Bag Limit – I recommend only taking 2 bags, both carry ons: an overnight suitcase and your computer / day bag.
- · Extra Bag option – I then stuff an extra bag in my suitcase in case I need it to haul home holiday loot.
- · If you’re switching climates, dress for the colder weather and dress in layers so you can add or remove the sweater / scarf / rain jacket.
- · Choose one main color for your wardrobe for the weekend and build around it. This will especially help you limit the number of shoes needed.
Borrowing is Best
- · Leave the Toiletries – Since you’re probably staying with friends or family, I leave most toiletries at home and simply borrow a hair dryer / shampoo / lotion.
- · Snow Gear – if you’re visiting a snow region, most people have a ton of extra cold-weather gear like snow pants, boots, jackets, gloves. These are all too bulky to pack and are not so size-specific.
Here’s what I would pack for a 3-5 day trip to cover meet ups with friends, down time with the family, and a couple of festive outings:
- · “nice” jeans – for general social fun
- · black pants – for holiday parties
- · lounge pants (or sweats) – to watch TV in
- · 1 – 2 nice sweaters – one bulky and casual, one higher-quality cardigan
- · 4 – 5 tops – all bright, festive colors (why not add some a gold lame?)
- · 1 – 2 fancy scarves – to add more color
- · Clutch purse – a glittery one to dress up your outfits
- · Sparkly Jewelry –chandelier earrings, big rings, lots of bangles will be festive
- · Bathrobe – depends on your family’s take on nudity, but best to play it safe
- · PJs – you might be sharing a room
- · Exercise clothes – so you can relieve some stress
- · Pair of black boots (wear on the plane)
- · Paid of black high heels
- · Running shoes
That’s your easy guide to packing for the holidays! You now have extra strength to enjoy your family’s holiday traditions — like grandma’s fruit cake, Uncle Larry’s eggnog, and your cousin’s combative Scrabble.
Have lots of holiday fun!
This entry was posted on Saturday, December 11th, 2010 and is filed under What to Pack.