Holiday Packing Tips
It's the most wonderful time of the year -- family from far and near come together to celebrate the holidays. We head out by trains, planes and automobiles just like we do in the summer, but winter travel is a completely different beast -- this time the weather is not on our side and it dictates how we pack. Here are 5 holiday packing tips for a stress-free holiday.
Everything you want to bring with you is rarely what you need to bring with you. Try laying out all of the items you want to bring -- including undergarments and toiletries. Reduce that pile by taking out the items you know you don't actually need. Think about the events and gatherings you'll be attending and let those activities determine what you bring.
Pack items you know you can wear multiple times. Winter sweaters are bulky and take up a lot of real estate in your suitcase -- but they can also be worn several times if you plan judiciously. Choose items that are versatile so you are able to mix and match items to create several holiday outfits using just a few items. Apply the same logic to your shoes.
You may have ambitions of going running every day or going to the gym, but you are likely going to be too busy to put on your sneakers and sweatpants for a run. Try leaving those items behind to make room in your suitcase for clothing that is more useful, like a warm sweater. Maybe that space could be allocated for gifts for your family. Over-planning sometimes means overpacking, so being minimalist with your time allows you to be minimalist with your luggage.
When you're traveling over the holidays, it's difficult to plan exactly how much space you need in your suitcase on the return trip; you don't know what types of toys or sippy cups you have to bring back. To prepare, pack a few items you know you can leave behind. Sometimes we accrue undergarments, T-shirts, and pajamas that aren't in great condition but could get one more wear. If you know you will need them while you're at your family's home but can part with them before you leave, you can gain a little extra space in your suitcase, as well as your closet.
When you're planning your travel wardrobe, think about the items that take up the most suitcase space and wear those on the days you're actually driving, flying or taking the train. It may not free up a lot of space, but it gives you a little more room for gifts you're bringing or any extras like pet products you may need at your destination.