Your Holiday Packing Survival Guide
It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year…until you have to start packing for your Christmas holiday. Whether it’s a mini-break to visit family, a week of fun in the sun or some après-ski action, figuring out what to pack is a challenge on par with finding the perfect gift for your mother-in-law. To ensure your holiday packing is as stress-free and, of course, as stylish as can be, tff has come up with your holiday packing survival guide. With our tips, we hope the contents of your suitcase are as orderly as the interior of a Chanel boutique and less like the aftermath of one of their sample sales!
PACK WELL IN ADVANCE
If packing is number eleven on your to-do list during the holidays, bump it up to number one, or at least two. Waiting to pack until the night before is almost a guarantee that you’ll end up with a jumble of odds and ends in your case. We suggest laying your empty suitcase out a week in advance of your trip and as you think of items that you might like to wear, place them inside. Then set aside a dedicated, uninterrupted slot of time to get the job done.
PRE-PLAN YOUR OUTFITS
Look at your invitation or itinerary for the trip and plan out your outfits for each activity in advance. Sure, this kills the idea of a spontaneous outfit but when suitcase real estate is at a premium, it saves packing unnecessary items that will never be worn. Plan each look from head to toe, that means shoes, jewels and even any outdoor gear or hair accessories.
TAKE A PICTURE
With so much on your mind during the holidays, remembering which shoe went with which skirt isn’t always an easy task. Take a load off your mind by photographing every complete look before you pack it. Either lay out each look on the floor and take a snap or try on the full look and take a selfie. This also serves as a good test drive for each look in order to make sure it’s an A+ outfit and worthy of a spot in your suitcase.
CHOOSE YOUR HOLIDAY HUES
Abide by the rule of two and three – only pack an item if it can be worked into at least two different outfits. And in order to ensure your pieces can be easily mixed together, choose a colour palette of three complimentary shades. If an item doesn’t work with your chosen colour story, it doesn’t make the cut.
KEEP YOUR PRIZED POSSESSIONS CLOSE
There’s nothing worse than lost or delayed luggage. And since jewellery is, well, the crown jewel of any outfit, keep it as close as possible, whether that’s on your body or in your carry-on. The same can be said about your party heels, which goes without saying should be packed in your carry-on. Even if your suitcase doesn’t show up on time, you can dress up almost any outfit with your smartly-packed heels and jewels.
ROLL, DON’T FOLD
Any frequent flyer will tell you that rolling your clothes not only minimizes wrinkles but it also saves on space. If you pack your shoes first (always in soft cloth shoe bags of course), you can maximize the gaps between pairs by placing smaller rolled items and accessories like belts, hats and undergarments in between them.
WEAR YOUR BULKY ITEMS
If your final destination requires cold weather gear, don’t waste precious space in your suitcase trying to cram in your down-filled parka or knee-high boots – wear them during your travels. That way you may even have some extra room in your suitcase to bring home any Christmas presents you receive!