Pack Your Fash For The Holidays


The Holidays tend to add an extra bit of anxiety to everyone's lives, especially when it comes to traveling. The key to surviving is a suitcase filled with all the things that make you tick. The essentials that make you feel at home, even if that "home" is temporarily Uncle so and so's living room couch. Hotels.com recently contacted me to get some of my holiday packing tips for their website and I was more than happy to accept the offer. I've been traveling up to two times a month this year, so I'm pretty dependent on their site. I mean where else are you going to find super low prices and an endless list of hotels to choose from? Most recently, my fiance and I used Hotels.com to book our trip to Aria in Las Vegas while we were attended the opening of the Giuseppe Zanotti Vegas Boutique. Our stay was beyond amazing and the hotel was the ideal choice for us. You may remember me raving about it here. And I'm sure we'll end up using their resources again to book our upcoming honeymoon... eek. Only five more months. I am going to be in three different states from now until New Years so smart packing and a great hotel is a total necessity. There's no denying that winter wardrobes lend to the biggest packing challenges. We all have bulky essentials and necessary accessories we simply refuse to live without during our holiday trips, so in order to remove some of that packing stress, I've put together a little guide to help with your upcoming travels.   


1. Bag your jewelry. I take a ridiculous amount of jewelry on every trip I go, so to keep things slightly organized I always have a dedicated zip lock bag for my earrings, rings, and so on. To keep things safe, I add cotton strips to each bag for a nice layer of padding. Avoid cotton balls, they tend to cling. 


2. Fashion & Function. I suggest always packing at least two pairs of heels. One for function and one for fashion. Layer them in the middle of your suitcase (heels facing in) so they're protected on both ends. Then of course, wear your most fabulous pair of boots on the plane, because lets face it, two pairs of heels is never enough and boots take up way too much room.  


3. Easy fold Cardigans.  No winter wardrobe is complete without a slew of cute cardigans. They can add style to the simplest outfits and they're super easy to manipulate while packing, unlike most jackets, so the more you can stuff down into the sides of your suitcase the better. 


4. Hair Must. Chances are who ever you're visiting is most likely going to have a hair dryer you can borrow, so unless your visiting a family doomed with genetic baldness, I suggest leaving yours at home. Save room for your must have utensils like your straightener and curling iron. 


5. Basics. We've all been in the scenario where you're getting ready at the last minute and that shirt that went perfect with that skirt is suddenly M.I.A. This is bound to happen, so replacements are always important. Basic tops and bottoms that can replace anything are crazy crucial. My number one basic is my little black dress. This is a great space saver and a fashion lovers secret to traveling.


6. One Jacket. Sadly until we all reach Rachel Zoe's status I wouldn't recommend packing all of your furs and other "space takers." Find the one jacket you simply can't live without and lay it flat on the top of your pile, then push the ends down into the side of the suitcase. 



7. Choose a Pallet. Whether it be neutrals or a festive red and green, narrowing down your wardrobe will make choosing your selections easier and assure that no matter what you forget, you'll always match and have the proper accessories for each ensemble.



8. Tights. Every suitcase has a few weird and awkward spaces that should never be wasted. Fill these parts with your favorite winter tights and go-to knee highs. They're a holiday must and should never be forgotten when traveling during the colder months. 
What are some of your packing tips? Head over to the Hotels.com facebook fan page to share your tips with them and for more packing tips, check out their Travel Smart Blog!

109 comments:

  1. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!!! I use hotels.com as well and have never been disappointed!


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  2. Great tips doll! Thanks for sharing I love to travel so this stuff comes in handy xo

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  3. Were you really at Aria? I was just there last weekend. Loved the modern hotel. It also smelled better than other casinos.

    Good tips on traveling. We all need them.

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  4. Great tips! Hotels.com makes our lives easier when looking for the right hotel :)

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  5. great tips!!! lovely photos toO!!! plus+ love your outfits!!!



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  6. Oh, I usually don't take that much stuff with me when I travel, cause I know I'm gonna buy so much new stuff, hahaha! but thatnks for sharing your tipps! ;)

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  7. You just save my life. these are all great tips. I never thought about wearing my boots on the plane. I always have the hardest time packing them. lol.

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  8. So behind on booking everything. Gonna head over to their site now. Thanks for all the great suggestions, I hope you had a great weekend. xoxo

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  9. You have the best style. Great pictures.

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  10. Your tips are awesome! And the pictures are a terrific illustration! Thanks :) I would never have thought of these myself...!

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  11. This is such a great idea for a post. Very helpful. I'm a big fan of hotels.com. I'd be lost without them.

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  12. Obsessed with this post. Your ring in the first pic is gorgeous.

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  13. Hotels.com is definitely a great resource. Glad to see you use it too. I can't believe how much you've been traveling. Is it all for blog stuff?

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  14. Great tips! Adore the fur coat too xoxo
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  15. Brilliant. I like the idea of choosing a color pallet. Smart

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  16. oh my goodness, Rachel's luggage is insane. Great tips.

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  17. Great Great Tips!! I like the Tip about Palette coordination this is really good advice from a professional. If you have a second, I've made a post on NAVEN Clothing line. I know that you like that Brand. Love to hear what you think. Xo

    Yelena,
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  18. Really great tips! Yeah if only we could all travel like Rachel Zoe...that is insane! Love your gold bangle in that top pic too.

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  19. Fantastic pictures my dear! So in love with your suitcases ;)
    Great tips!

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  20. i am the most horrible packer when i comes to travelling. i'm bound to forget things!

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  21. Oh my goodness you've got a lot of bags... I love traveling. Hoping to get outa' town this holiday season... You're jewelries are beautiful...
    Thanks for dropping by my blog and following back...
    I love reading your posts, although sometimes I don't have time to comment. I always read your posts.
    I was shocked a while ago to find out that you followed me back... Thanks very much...

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  22. I always find it difficult to pack. I seriously need everything! :)

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  23. This is great! I laughed at the packing a blow dryer part. Where was this advice BEFORE I packed for San Fran? ha ha

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  24. is always difficult to pack ..... I always forget something at home;)

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  25. great tips! what a great post.

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  26. Great tips.. I'm terrible at packing light! x

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  27. Great tips! I pack mine very much like yours. I tend to over pack my clothes (I always need options!) but always try to leave room for 'future shoppings to come'. I mean, that's why we have a carry on bag, right? xoxo
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  28. You dress so amazing! Im like drooling all over your outfits! :D

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  29. Great tips :) Love the blog xx poppymale.blogspot.com

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  30. What great tips! I hate packing...I can never seem to squeeze everything in! You're right about hair dryers too. I always bring mine and it takes up so much room, but there's always one when I get to my hotel!

    Sophie x x

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  31. great and insp. post!

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  32. Great guide! My tip would be to roll your clothes rather than fold - saves so much mroe space!

    The doll on fashion

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  33. Very informative post. Love it!! Keep us updated on your travels. :)

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  34. Wauw! I am really impressed by your blog and I am following now.

    If you got the time, check out mine !

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    Great tips btw. keep going on like this with your blog!

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  35. thanks for the comment love,thanks for sharing pretty pics of u :)

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  36. And here I was feeling overwhelmed by all of the packing I have to do. These are excellent tips and gorgeous photos.

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  37. love this post...really usefel tips!!!the firtsi pic is so funny..really enjoyed it!!!

    kiss,
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  38. Great tips :) love the different outfits with 1 dress!

    xx,

    T.

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  39. great tips...especially about the boots. that's always my strategy!

    come on by to see my latest post when you have a minute--i'm talking all about the Pose app I mentioned!

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  40. Great Tips! I'm a notorious overpacker. Even when I cut back, I'm still overpacked. I'll use these tips for my Key West trip in February!!

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  41. These are all very useful tips, thanks for sharing

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  42. great tips especially since holiday traveling can be stressful and its easy to forget a lot! :)
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  43. great tips! I remember packing for multiple trips to Europe and my biggest challenge was getting my suitcase under 50lbs!

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  44. great post, and I love your hair, it looks amazing in every picture. I hope you have the time to visit my blog. xoxo

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  45. soo many suitcases! for a second I thought they were all yours haha. great tips! wish i was traveling this breakk

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  46. nice photos !! :-)
    check my new holiday special post on http:-//chickwithkick.blogspot.com :-)

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  47. These tips are amazing and so useful for any fashionista on the go! I love them!

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  48. LOVE this post gal! Thanks for sharing your tips! I'll be packing for a cruise & then a trip across the pond so these are sure to come in handy! :)

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  49. LOVE all of your tips and those holiday outfits are too gorgeous on you! Hope you have a very very MERRY darling!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
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  50. These are such great tips!! I agree with you on all of them :)

    xo
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  51. Thanks for these tips. I'm terrible at packing.
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  52. Great advice! I tend to pack a bunch of jewelry too!

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  53. Awesome packing tips!! So fun!!

    xo
    Caitlin
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  54. Great tips. very helpful.

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  55. great post!

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  56. love your tip on choosing a palette..probably the best advice for traveling because like you said, you suddenly end up losing certain pieces of your wardrobe!

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  57. you are so goddamn pretty!

    New outfit post;
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  58. Great tips, I already do most of them!

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  59. Luckily, I try to travel by car so just shove it all in!
    Emma xxx
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    @gawgusthings

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  60. That fur!...oh my! Love the gold wire bangle too.

    xo,Cortnie
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  61. Thanks for sharing pretty lady! These are all great tips. I already do some of them but I didn't think of some others. I'm definitely an over-packer...haha so I'm always trying to find ways to cut back on luggage. :)

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  62. love this post and great to discover your blog! totally agree re: boots, totally wearing on the plane, and about packing lots of cardis. Can do anything with them. Great to discover you!

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  63. I'm one of the lucky one's this year as I'm not going anywhere, all of my family are coming to me :) So I have my whole wardrobe at my fingertips - yay!
    Keep up the good work sweetie!

    H xo

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  64. Love all of your accessories in these photos!!!

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  65. what an excellant post! there really is such a science to packing and this pretty much nails it! i swear by packing the basics and filling up on accessories to change it up from day to day. and tights!! how easily tights change an outfit!

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  66. These are all great tips! I'll have them on my mind next time I'll travel. Thank you for sharing them with us.

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  67. great tips would definitely think about this next time i travel!

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  68. Choosing your colors are so important. I didn't start doing it until a few months ago packing to see family. It is the foundation of your whole wardrobe....If only I wouldn't forget everything else! :)

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  69. ahahaha awesome!

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  70. Your blog is ahhhmazing <3

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  71. Fabulous packing ideas for a fabulous gal! You look pretty cute with that huge line up of luggage... Everything but the kitchen sink! (presuming that is not all yours :P)
    Happy Holidays!!
    Bella xox
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  72. heyy babe im back!
    thanks for the comment btw and u have an awesome blog.

    check out my latest post and let me know what you think about my bowtie.

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  73. I love how organized your blog is! You look amazing! I'm already following you :))

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  74. Oh you've come up with a great guide, this will be so helpful for me dear!

    Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

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  75. This is an awesome post with great tips for people traveling within the Northern Hemisphere. I will be making the trek from Japan to Australia these holidays so imagine my difficulty leaving a cold climate for a hot one and packing appropriately!

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  76. A master list is also very helpfull to check off as you pack. Great ideas & funny post

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  77. A perfect place for vacation with family and friends especially this coming holiday season, Christmas!

    Pousadas Em Natal

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  78. Really great tips! I've never thought about the cotton pads for jewelry, Also, another thing I do to cut down is, if it's only a short trip, only pack my one favorite pair of jeans if you plan on wearing jeans on multiple days. If they get a little stretched just throw them in the drier for a little bit. :)

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  79. Great tips! Stop by sometime! I just did a post on how to pick the perfect red lipstick!!


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  80. Awesome tips :) I think this post is really useful :) xoxo

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  81. These are such amazing packing tips. I agree with every single one of them!

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  82. such great tips! thanks so much for sharing - they're definitely going to come in handy when i'm traveling next year!

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  83. I LOVE these tips - I travel every few weeks for work and any travel tips are always great ones. Im also taken off to Europe next year for an adventure holiday with my bf and only have a 60L backpack to stuff all my things in to so will be saving this post for when the time comes back around to pack.

    Anna xo

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  84. Great tips! I love your creativity with the lbd - you should dedicate a post on accessorising basic items!

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  85. Red dress, black skirt, silver necklace = my fave :)

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  86. Such a helpful post. Thank you!

    Luc X


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  87. another great post!! These are all excellent tips

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  88. Absolutley LOVE your blog! The LBD pictures are great, and I'll definetly keep all these tips in mind for my next trip! Thanks for cheking out my blog!
    ♥ Lexy ♥

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  89. All of your accessories are so beautiful. The rings especially.

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  90. Great post, thanks for the tips!

    Sophie x

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  91. This was a great post! I recently had to pack for a month trip and it was hard. I forgot a lot and didn't fit in everything but did go mostly blacks, whites and grays.
    Your LBD is versatile it's fab. Well I guess you make it look great so you are fab!

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  92. Great post!! And thanks for all of the great tips!

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  93. i'm heading away for a week tomorrow and needed this advice, great tips!
    xx

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