I have found that a little forethought ensures my holiday travel stays full of good cheer! Here are a few of my tried-and-true packing tips for travel during the busiest time of the year.
Make a list and check it twice!
Thinking it through not only helps me pack more efficiently, but putting it on paper gives me a reference sheet that can be edited for future travel. I have also found that I forget a lot less by having a checklist!
Decide on a color scheme and pack key interchangeable pieces that can be dressed up or down with accessories. If traveling by plane, be sure to include what you are wearing as part of your overall game plan and remember that looking nice just might get you an upgrade!
Scarves, clutches, belts, interesting costume jewelry and a great pair of shoes are the mood-makers in your suitcase that can take your look from day to the most festive night with a few key change-ups. And they take up little to no room in your suitcase!
Stack and Roll
I have found the two best ways to make the most efficient use of space and be guaranteed no wrinkles are stacking with tissue between your layers or rolling tightly – filling every nook and cranny so no slipping around. Anything silk I leave in a dry cleaning bag and the folds will not crease! If I am packing garments and toiletries in the same suitcase, I always put a towel between the two layers in case of leakage during flight – and this also serves as light padding to cushion the blows when your bag is tossed around.
The Big Bag Theory
I travel with a tote that is big enough to hold my purse as well as a scarf that can double as a blanket on the plane, my iPad and 3 pouches – one with travel documents, one with chargers, and one with toiletries. Once I reach my destination, this might become a beach bag, a work tote, or an overnight bag if moving about. If I am worried about my luggage being lost, a fourth pouch might house a bathing suit or change of clothes. Compartmentalization is everything!
Lost and Found
And finally, if my bag is lost, I want to be sure it can find me, so I tag it on the inside as well as the outside in case the latter comes off during transit!
Happy holidays and safe travels!