The holiday season is a time generally spent in the comfortable presence of your family and friends. However, in an age where families no longer live in one homestead together, often being with your family for the holidays entails travel.
Sometimes, even families that live close together will plan a holiday vacation, too. This can become extremely difficult, especially if you have children—not only do you need to pack for yourself, but you need to pack for them as well. In addition, when you are packing for a trip that will take you to a different climate and environment, it’s important to remember to pack clothes that will match the location where you are going. For instance, if you live in New York City, where the weather is cold and wet, but you are traveling to a tropical place, packing some sexy bikinis should not be forgotten! Here’s a holiday packing checklist so you don’t forget any important items.
Especially when you are unfamiliar with the weather conditions of your destination, it is vital to pack multiple layers. This way, regardless of whether it is hot or cold, you can be prepared. So come ready with undershirts, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, and maybe even a coat. Bringing layers has the added advantage of allowing you to mix-and-match your wardrobe for maximum variety with minimum excess baggage. This will save you room in your bag to pack other supplies that may not have fit otherwise.
It is probably a good idea to bring at least two different pairs of shoes: sneakers and either flats or boots, depending on the weather. This way you will be prepared for all eventualities.
Don’t forget to bring plenty of socks, underwear, and bras—it’s easy to run through these things very quickly and you don’t want to get caught on vacation without them. If you are traveling with young children, it’s a good idea to pack extra underclothes (for both them and you) because they tend to get messy very easily.
Sometimes you will go somewhere that doesn’t offer basic toiletries. To prevent any discomfort (or mad midnight rushes to the local drug store), pack travel size shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste. Don’t forget other essentials like a toothbrush, hairbrush, and any hair or makeup products that you use daily.
Whether you have a car-ride, plane-ride or other mode of travel, don’t forget various forms of entertainment: music players, books, DVD players, etc…can keep the kids quiet, which will make any ride a lot more pleasant.
If you are going to a cold area, bring skis, snowboards, ice-skates, or other modes of snow-play. If you are going to a warm climate, bring your Becca swimwear, sunscreen, and flip flops.
Holiday travel time can be a very stressful time. To make it easier for you, start early and double check everything. Using a checklist can be very helpful so you don’t forget items such as your swimsuits for women or the novel you are currently reading. No matter what, don’t let the stress of packing interfere with the holiday spirit that should be nurtured. Take a deep breath, and remain calm.