Traveling over the holidays is stressful enough without having to worry about packing. Long lines at the airport, keeping track of travel documents and worrying about weather delays—it’s enough to make you just stay at home. But if you’re one of the brave millions who will be traveling in the next few weeks, we’re here to help you take the stress out of packing for your family holiday fun.
Arrive fresh and wrinkle-freeThere are plenty of tips out there to help reduce the wrinkles when packing, and you’ll be happy to know that the most useful one is also the easiest: Lighten up! Packing less will reduce the pressure on your folded and rolled clothes, which reduces the chance of major wrinklage. Another genius tip to prevent the dreaded crease is to pack your items in plastic. Dry cleaner bags or even Ziploc bags are a great way to reduce the static and friction that contribute to wrinkles. Plus, you can use them to store dirty shoes and precious souvenirs on your way back home. (Because return-flight wrinkles don’t count.)
Keeping presents intact
There’s absolutely no reason to arrive at the airport with a suitcase full of wrapped gifts. In fact, the TSA really prefers that gifts remain unwrapped and easy to identify. To make travel and gift-giving get along, pack all unwrapped gifts together and bring along folded tissue paper, collapsed gift boxes and tissue paper. Scissors are a no-no, but luckily you can find those at any hotel. Tape, too. Lucky for you, SampleHouse has an exceptionally large selection of gift bags, tissue paper and bows, making packing easier than it’s ever been. Bring in a list of what needs to be wrapped and we’ll make sure you leave with everything you need.
We know, we know, this is a lot easier said than done. But for everything you put in your suitcase, make sure it’s absolutely necessary. To help make these decisions, visit Pinterest for some outfit ideas based on just a handful of key pieces. There are ways to create 20 or more outfits out of just eight pieces of clothing. Really! It’s true! And because it’s winter, you can focus on tops and sweaters instead of pants, shorts, skirts and capris. Your favorite pair of jeans and a long skirt or pair of slacks should do the trick, saving you a lot of space.
Avoid a toiletry meltdown
Even the smallest travel-sized shampoo bottle can ruin a perfectly packed suitcase, so make sure you’re packing your liquids and toiletries properly to avoid disaster and making a scene at the security checkpoint. Nalgene travel bottles are a great way to save space and comply with federal regulations, as many of them are designated as “TSA approved” right there on the label. They’re squishy and easy to clean, making sure you don’t lose any valuable product. Use tape to secure lids and Ziplock bags to add another layer of insurance, and you can count on opening up your suitcase to dry clothes and shampoo-free socks.