How to pack for the holidays

Three days away from home and 45 minutes to pack. That’s what I was faced with this morning.

You see, today, we are taking a ferry and driving to my hometown to spend the first part of Thanksgiving with my family. Tomorrow afternoon, once we have polished off my dad’s amazing stuffing and eaten a piece of crack pie, we will get back on the road and take another ferry to go to a second Thanksgiving with my fiancĂ©’s family. We will get back to our apartment in Seattle at some point on Friday night. So I needed to pack enough clothes, makeup, hair product, and charging cables to last until then.

Disclaimer: I am the worst at packing. I hate it and I always put it off til the last minute.

Because of that, though, I have some packing hacks that I hope will help you out as you pack for holidays away from home.

Tip 1: Start with socks and underwear. Stick with the basics at first cause if you forget them, good luck. Socks, underwear, charging cables, and deodorant are the first things to go in my bag.

Tip 2: Think about what will get you the furthest. This is where you want get strategic. If you pack clothing and accessories that are complementary in color you can mix and match and get more use out of the pieces you bring. More use out of what you bring = less things that need to be brought. For this trip, I’m going with blacks, grays, and gemstone tones.

Tip 3: Plan ahead for a long lasting hair style. Along the same lines as above, pack hair product that can help keep your hair looking great for a couple days. This eliminates the need to pack hair dryers, curling irons, hair straighteners, etc. My go-to products are from Living Proof and I can’t recommend them enough.

I hope these three tips will help you as you pack for Thanksgiving weekend. Happy Turkey Day!


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