Packing Tips for Holiday Travel

November 19, 2015


Thanksgiving is in ONE WEEK, and if you’re planning on traveling this post is for you. My friend Conni from Art in the Find has put together some handy dandy packing tips for stylish (and practical) holiday travel. 

This Thanksgiving, it’s estimated that 46.3 million people will be driving at least 50 miles and 24.6 million will be flying this holiday week and weekend. (NPR)  That’s a lot of people going a lot of traveling & packing.  When packing, I consider my traveling outfits carefully.  I knew I’d be traveling for a week and I wanted to make the most of my pieces.  I chose capsule wardrobe pieces to create traveling outfits that are comfortable but chic!

California has been experiencing warmer weather than usual for this time of year and in San Francisco, it’s in the 65-70 degree range but a bit cool at night.  I immediately thought about creating a list traveling outfits that are built around the idea of layering, mixing, and matching.  Thanksgiving is also one of those holidays where you can pack outfits to blend casual with dressy but you also want to keep ‘packing light’ into mind for ease.  I want to pack comfortable (think leggings and shirt dresses) outfits because I’ll be eating all day, right?!  This point is not to be forgotten at Thanksgiving.  I’d hate to be wearing restrictive outfits and then feel uncomfortable because I took a second helping, no sir-ree!  I want to eat + feel comfy in my traveling outfits.

1. Pack a mix of patterns and neutrals // Think leggings and jeans mixed with creams, whites, grays, and chambray tops. These create seamless outfits with multiple wears.

2. Blend outfits with layers and textures // I do this with vests and cardigans. A faux fur or quilted vest is the easiest way to add texture to an outfit. A cardigan is a great way to look cute and stay warm too.

3. Pack fabrics that are good on the go // Knits, Cottons, and breathable fabrics are best, layer with wools (see 2 above). Packing comfortable pieces with great fabric blends are essential for traveling in comfort! Wool is a great layer to be taken off when I get warm, so I save wools for that top layer



A Faux Fur Vest
A vest is worth a bit of a splurge because the cost per wear is worth it.  I wear mine with everything.

Are. A. Must. Period.  I cannot pack without throwing in a pair of comfy, go-with-anything leggings.  I can mix-and-match them with anything.

Chambray Cotton Top
This top is like my best friend.  Faithful + fun. I’m going to wear it with leggings and a vest or tucked in with a skirt or dark denim.

A Fancy Top
This is my one fancy piece that I thought about when packing my Thanksgiving outfits.  Go fun and detailed here.

A Striped Top
Again, another best friend wardrobe piece.  I have a sweater top and will layer my vest over it with jeans or leggings.

A Warm Cardigan
This is my layer piece.  I pair this with almost all of the outfits I packed and can throw it on at any time!  Love this one.

Always a must, right?  Whether skinny, dark wash, boyfriend, having a pair of jeans will pair well with any of the top options I have.

4 pairs of shoes
I packed my knee-high boots by Vince Camuto, a pair of cute patterned loafers, my Sam Edelman ankle booties, and a dressy pair of heels.

Crossbody Bag
I’ve been a big fan of hands-free bags lately and a crossbody bag is the perfect hands-free bag to use for traveling.

Hopefully this inspires you to when packing your traveling outfits over the holiday week and weekend!  Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, happy & safe travels, and happy eating!  xx, Conni

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  • Reply Megan at Lush to Blush November 19, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    These are great tips! I travel frequently, and I totally agree with mixing and matching basic pieces!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

  • Reply Katie November 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    Oh my word, where is that sweater from in the top photograph?? Love it!

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