Packing is a notoriously tough task. There’s such a fine line between not packing enough and packing way too much. Of course, you’ll need socks, underwear, t-shirts, and pants, but there are always those extra items that are just hard to remember. Plus, depending on where your family vacation is going to take place, it can be a challenge to replace a vital item that you left behind.
If you’re trying to pack for an upcoming vacation and are feeling totally stumped, fear not! We’re here with a packing guide for (almost) every type of family vacation this holiday season.
A Trip to Your Hometown
A trip back home to see dear old mom and dad is the quintessential family holiday vacation. It’s sure to be full of family dinners, trips to the local watering hole, and maybe even a good night’s sleep in your childhood twin-size bed. Isn’t going home fun?
If you’ve got a hometown visit planned for the holidays, here are a few oft-forgotten items to pack.
If you’re a savvy shopper, you probably bought your holiday gifts far in advance. It’s a good idea to package up and gift wrap these at home. They’ll travel better protected than just tossed in a suitcase. Always, always pack holiday gifts in your carry on. They’ll be safe from the jostling and tussling that your checked bag undergoes. Plus, you won’t have to have that awkward, “Your gift got lost inside my luggage,” conversation.
The holiday seasons come with a lot of indulgence and you’ll probably find yourself saying, “Man, I’ve got to work out.” Think ahead and toss your running sneakers and some workout apparel in your luggage. Plus, a workout is the perfect excuse to get some much needed time alone.
A Tropical Vacation
So, you’ve gone off book and decided to take a tropical vacation this holiday season. How fun! If you live in a cold climate, chances are you’ve forgotten what warm weather feels like by now, let alone how to pack for it. Here’s our advice.
We know what you’re thinking: “Won’t sunscreen be available in every gift shop on the island?” Yes, of course it will, but you’ll pay through the teeth for it. Sunscreen is notoriously expensive in tourist traps; it’s the one thing every tourist is sure to need!
Pack sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays and pack enough to reapply every 2 hours!
This is the only packing “don’t” on our list. If you’re traveling from a cold climate to a warm climate, your coat is always a dilemma. If you pack it, you’ll have to lug it around the whole trip despite never wearing it; if you don’t pack it, you’ll probably freeze your behind off on the trip home.
Rather than bringing a coat with you, give it to whoever will be picking you up from the airport to leave in the car. That way, you’ll have a nice cozy coat to put on as soon as you land.
A Ski Resort
If you’ve doubled down on winter fun and booked a ski resort as your holiday destination, you should plan on a bigger-than-average suitcase. Your items will be bulkier and you’ll need more to stay warm! Read on to learn what you shouldn’t forget.
We’re not telling you to swap the no shows for the full-length ankle socks. We’re telling you to swap cotton for wool and thin socks for thick socks. Your toes are going to need some serious protection if you’ll be spending the day on the slopes, and wool socks will do just that. Whatever you do, steer clear of synthetics. Lycra and polyester will be warm, but they’ll leave your feet, ahem, fragrant.
You know that saying, “There’s strength in numbers”? We’re willing to bet that was written about mittens. There’s a good reason you wore them as a kid. They are very, very warm. Mittens harness the warmth of your own body to keep your fingers warm. While they may not be as becoming as a glove, they’ll certainly work a lot better! Plus, they’re perfect for forming a solid snowball. Snowball fight