Going home for the holidays is both great and not so great. You get to spend some quality time with loved ones, reunite with old friends on your old stomping grounds, and eat copious amounts of delicious, indulgent food. But all these special occasions come with a side stress, too.
We can't promise to prevent family feuds or awkward run-ins with your high school ex, but we can make things a little less overwhelming and a little more stylish by helping you look and feel your best with a comprehensive holiday travel capsule wardrobe to consult while you pack. Keep this handy while you pack for happier holidays and happier trails this season.
And if you have room in your suitcase, pack a more formal coat, too, for those holiday parties. If you think you only have room for one, a long wool coat is probably the better option, as long as you layer with warmer items underneath if you're traveling a colder climate.
Pack a lightweight and cozy sweater in a neutral hue so you can wear it a few times with different pieces. Items in a neutral tone are also good because you can mix and match them again for new outfit combinations that won't clash.
Pack one or two formal dresses (unless you plan on being a social butterfly and going to several parties, in which case you can bring more). This one is great for the season since it's both festive and warm.
Bring a versatile bag that you can use from day to night and that has both a handle and a shoulder strap. Pick one on the smaller size—you're on vacation, so you basically only need your phone, wallet, and a lip balm.