Traveling during the holiday season can be stressful. From flight delays, to lost luggage and staying organized, it’s difficult to keep a jolly holiday state of mind. Luckily, I’ve been there, and from experience I give you my top 5 holiday travel tips to get you through the season!
1. Effectively Pack A Suitcase
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Holiday travel means lots of coats, jackets, tops, dresses, and all of the above. A girl needs options, so if you can’t squeeze all of your potential Holiday outfits in a carry-on, that’s okay. I’m being realistic here. The best way to effectively pack a suitcase is to start by rolling softer garments like your Nikibiki seamless basics and folding the stiffer ones. Rolling your clothes leaves less chance of a wrinkled #ootd when you arrive. Arrange the rolled items in the bottom of your suitcase followed by folded garments on top. Cover these two layers with a dry-cleaning bag and top with your final essentials. As far as shoes, wear your boots and pack the smaller flats and heels. Fill your packed shoes with smaller items like phone chargers, socks, and jewelry.
2. Keep Your Essentials And A Spare Outfit In Your Carry-On
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If you’re checking a bag, which I already assume you are given the outfit choices, make sure to pack a spare outfit and your most-needed essentials in your carry-on. I always put my makeup, deodorant, and toothbrush in my carry-on just in case there’s a mix-up with my bag. That way, if your checked bag gets lost, at least you’ll still feel pretty and smell nice on your way to the mall while you wait for your bag.
3. Get To The Airport Early
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No one wants to deal with the stress of a long line, especially when you’re in a rush. It’s better to grab a coffee and wait in the terminal with your laptop for an hour than risk missing your flight. This also applies to connecting flights. Make sure to plan connectors accordingly leaving extra time in between, especially during snow season. Give yourself at least an hour in between flights just in case there’s a delay.
4. Ship Wrapped Gifts Ahead Of Time, Or Wait Till You Arrive To Wrap Them
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TSA adamantly suggests this tip as they might have to unwrap a present to inspect it. I suggest wrapping your gifts and shipping them a few days before your leave. Not to mention, no one wants to gift suitcase-smushed bows and boxes to their loved ones.
5. Get Comfortable And Enjoy The Ride
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Pack your favorite blanket, neck pillow, and device for movies and audiobooks in your purse or carry-on. You should also wear something that’s comfortable (and cute) so you’re not fussing with clothes the whole flight. My favorite outfit is a slouchy soft chambray shirt and these leggings because tucked into boots, they look like distressed skinny jeans but they’re so soft! With all the stress of holiday travel, it’s important to take a deep breath and get comfortable along the way. I always make sure to reserve a window seat and create my own little peaceful corner. Set yourself up with a movie or book and noise canceling headphones and wrap yourself up in your favorite blanket for a restful flight.
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