Thanksgiving Packing List

thanksgiving packing list The Heart's Delight Stella Compiseno

Last night my husband and I had a very deep and meaningful conversation about how we loathe packing. Actually, I stated that while I loathe packing, I despise UN-packing even more if that’s possible? Since we became a family of four, I’ve switched up our packing routine and now ship our baggage in advance of any flight we take. It’s so freeing to be able to cruise through the airport with literally nothing to hold onto aside from our kids’ hands, my tote and the obligatory grande non-fat latte (once I clear security). Since airlines have started charging for checked bags, UPS ground shipping works out to cost almost the same amount as the dreaded baggage-check fee… but the convenience is simply immeasurable.

The downside to advance shipping is that you sort of have to be on your packing and organizational game to get it right. You have to be willing to part with items that may be clutch in your everyday life for a few extra days. You also have to be a little more thoughtful when putting together your bag because every ounce of extra weight will cost you extra fees. Details, details, details.

So in the spirit of one of the most travelled holiday weekends of the year, I’ve put together a list of some of the most important things I cannot travel without. Whether you’re travelling across the ocean, across the country, or even across city lines, hopefully this list will inspire YOU as you get your bags together.

  1. The obligatory oversized tote is a MUST to keep it all together… at least in a physical sense. If you missed last week’s ode to the carry on tote, get all caught up HERE. This MARK & GRAHAM TOTE is a favorite: roomy, lightweight and the ideal neutral that blends seamlessly with any outfit.

  2. This warmest, softest VINCE OVERSIZED SWEATER (I own it in black) comes with me anytime I travel. In case you were wondering, the oversized silhouette is good camouflage for any Thanksgiving meal sins you’re planning on committing. Another piece of pie? Yes, please.

  3. A portable charger for your electronics is always a good idea. Outlets are in high demand in airports and you don’t want to be left stranded in transit with no juice. This MOPHIE CHARGER ensures that the iPad(s) stay fired up and the kiddos stay entertained.

  4. Delicate gold necklaces for layering have replaced any statement necklaces I used to travel with. So dainty, feminine and LIGHT to travel with! The necklace party is the new arm party and these pretties are the party VIPs. Whether for BALANCEor for a special WISH over the holidays, you really can’t go wrong with DOGEARED.

  5. A bright scarf instantly brings color to a washed out complexion… hey, those airport fluorescent lights do you no favors! I love this oversized version from MADEWELL. So cozy.

  6. A good quality flat iron is my new McGuyver tool. Whether to remove a cowlick or to give myself a headful of soft beachy waves, I’m obsessed with my CHI!

  7. Dry shampoo… because sometimes, it’s just easier than washing your hair and starting from scratch! This OSCAR BLANDI product lives up to it’s “invisible” name and leaves behind nothing but refreshed hair and a clean floral scent.

  8. Denim with a little stretch is crucial for spending long hours in a plane/train/automobile, or at the Thanksgiving dinner table! The extra bit of spandex also allows the jeans to maintain their shape after multiple wears. I recently discovered MOTHER JEANS and have been keeping mine in constant rotation.

  9. Neutral booties to dress up or dress down help keep your load light and your looks chic. I love the little wedge on this COLE HAAN version, which currently happen to be on sale!

  10. A neutral makeup palette is one of the best travel companions you can have. Rather than drag along a big ‘ole makeup bag, this sleek BOBBI BROWN set contains most of the essentials you’ll need for your trip.

  11. Travel makeup brushes are a key accessory when heading out of town. Leave those big, fluffy brushes at home and try this compact SEPHORA set out instead.

  12. Apparently, Mother Nature decided that it’s Winter. We must comply. A CLASSIC BARBOUR COAT has been a cold-weather mainstay for decades.

  13. No packing list is complete without your iPad and KATE SPADE COVER to protect your tablet from getting crushed the 12th time your kids have dropped it. I love the sassy winking eye on this one!

What’s on YOUR packing list this Thanksgiving holiday?

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