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Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching, getting closer and closer with each falling leaf. But before you can dig into the feast and give thanks with your family and friends, you've got to take care of one daunting task: Packing.
What you pack for Thanksgiving break can really make or break the trip. You have to prepare for all weather conditions and activities — and hopefully not forget a single thing. It's seriously a chore. Plus, that's not even to mention that Thanksgiving is an awkward four-day weekend that introduces the fairly complicated task of not overpacking. You've got to resit the urge to jam a carry-on with a week's worth of clothes and whittle down an entire vanity of makeup. It sounds impossible, but surely it can be done.
When planned with careful consideration, your entire Thanksgiving wardrobe can fit into a duffle bag or small suitcase. It's all about simplifying your beauty and fashion routines. To help you pack smart, these fashion and beauty editors, experts, and enthusiasts sharing their
must-haves for an extended weekend getaway. I always try to pack the most comfortable things I own, plus one dress I know I feel great in. This usually means sweatpants, a shift dress, black leggings, big sweaters, and one nicer dress. Courtesy of Rachel Parcell When I find a pair of jeans that I absolutely love, I never want to take them off! So wherever you're headed, and for however long you’ll be away, pack one or two pairs of your very favorite jeans to mix and match with different tops and sweaters. I love a 2-in-1 makeup remover and cleanser like the Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water. A 2-in-1 product leaves more room in my suitcase and makes makeup removal on trips very easy while not neglecting my skin from the routine that it’s used it. A go-to, everyday eyeshadow palette is a must. I usually pick a palette with multiple shades, like the Morphe 15D Day Slayer, that gives me options like shimmers and mattes, but is compact. A pair of casual sneakers and a pair of fall boots that can be paired with multiple outfits are essentials for light packing and convenience. You can't go wrong with a pair of jogger sweats either, because they can be styled casually and are comfortable to wear after all the Thanksgiving eating! When I’m packing for a trip in general, I try to narrow it down to pieces I can layer and switch around. I always bring a black leather jacket — it’s a staple piece! For the colder weather, I’ll bring a long trench (nude or cream color), my fave pair of jeans, and booties. I will normally pack a band tee to wear with the leather jacket, and maybe a dressier top if things get fancy. And don’t forget the sweats! You have to have something to lounge in. I always remind myself that if I forget something, I can probably buy it once I’m there. Over-packing isn’t the worst thing ever... There are some things I cannot be without, even if it’s just for a long holiday weekend. Makeup is number one! I love my Deck of Scarlet #05 Palette because it has beautifully pigmented lip, cheek, and eye colors all in one and you can create multiple looks with it. I like to think of it as my must-have beauty toolkit since all I need is the one palette wherever I go. Best of all, I don’t need to pack up a ton of beauty products which weigh a ton and can easily leak in my overnight bag. Courtesy of Christine Andrew Wherever you are headed, 'tis the season for scarves. They make the best #travelstyle pieces. It's a pretty accessory when you're on the go and a soft pillow or blanket whether you are traveling. For long trips, I'll usually throw half a dozen different bags in my luggage. But when it comes to a short Thanksgiving weekend, just stick to the basics. A tote is a must for traveling (especially with kids!), but I always bring a crossbody as a night time option. You never know where your weekend will wind up! When packing for such an awkward length of time, I force myself to pack in a weekender bag so I am not overpacking. I bring mostly casual clothes, which are heavy on the sweaters and leggings this time of year, and a simple dress for anything fancy that might pop up. I always pack a pair of flats, a pair of heels, and a pair of boots. In case you couldn't tell, I am a shoe girl! For skin care, samples are your friend and save a lot of space in that cramped weekender. Regardless of how long you are packing for, I think the biggest thing to remember is to be intentional. Everything you pack should have a purpose— or multiple purposes— so you aren't traveling with extras. Plus, you are going home. Your family has a washer and dryer you can steal for a load or two! It's totally fine. A black tee and comfy black leggings are my go-to for travel. You can mix these in as a base to any outfit so you don't have to bring as many clothes. I always bring one really excellent pair of sweatpants, my favorite pair of jeans, a good sweatshirt, and a couple T-shirts. Thanksgiving is pretty chill at my parents' place, so I stick to basics I know will work for any sort of last-minute hangouts I plan with friends from my hometown. For beauty, I bring moisturizing face masks! My childhood home is mainly heated by wood stove, so the air is super, duper dry. My favorite to wear overnight is the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask. Courtesy of Bethany Brill The key to my beauty routine for a weekend of resting and eating until I feel sick is lots of multi-tasking. My go-tos are hardworking products that can keep me looking fresh and groomed all the while fitting in my limited carry-on space. Multi-sticks are a top pick, like eye-and-cheek color like Smashbox's L.A. Lights Lip & Cheek Color. You can save space on not having to bring brushes and its long lasting finish gives a natural flush that keeps me looking well rested (even if I'm not!). Dry shampoo is another life saver. I'm in love with the Arrojo ReFINISH Dry Shampoo. I wash my hair the morning I leave and refresh throughout the weekend, so I save space on not having to pack a hair dryer or a special shampoo. Trust me, guests appreciate when you don't take over the bathroom for an hour while you style your hair! Ceramiracle is a must have. It keeps your skin hydrated and protected while traveling and possibly going into harsher weather, especially drying weather that comes with the colder temps. It's easy to layer and works very well with other skin care products. You can customize the kind of treatment you want depending on what your skin needs at the time. You can just use a couple drops, or use half the dropper and sleep in it to really pamper and hydrate the skin. Thanksgiving weekend activities can be unpredictable, so my Chila La Barra Bag is versatile for anything I could do with friends and fam. My skin always acts up when I travel, so I have to bring Le Prunier Plum Oil. It keeps my skin sane during hectic travel, plane rides, and more. Plus, it's compact. A little goes a long way, so it's all you need in the moisturizer category. Courtesy of Afshan Shaukat The first thing I pack for a long holiday weekend is makeup and a good brow is essential. Luscious Cosmetics' BrowLuxe Tool Kit is my all-time favorite whether traveling or not. The all-in-one portable tool kit slips easily into my purse and is packed with everything I need when on-the-go to shape, define, fill, and set my brows. Courtesy of Christine Cameron Koehler I always dress up for a holiday, but weekend travel requires comfort, too. I live in my Nike Blazers on the road. My fashion travel essential for cooler weather is a Rag & Bone cashmere poncho, great as a layering piece for a crisp Fall day and doubling as a blanket in flight.
When it comes to your holiday travels, the moral of the story is
pack your best multi-taskers. Whether it's a versatile pair of jeans or an all-in-one beauty kit, multi-purpose pieces will lighten your load and make getting ready on-the-go a breeze.