Whether you’re headed home for the holidays, jetsetting around the world, or just sitting airport standby, packing for the holidays can be stressful. It’s a perfect packing storm combining multiple destinations and occasions – everything from cocktail parties to cozy Christmas mornings inside – with weather that’s often frightful.
To help, we’ve written the ultimate guide to packing light during the holidays. Check it twice while you’re throwing things in your suitcase and you’ll be sure to stay chic, comfortable, and have space left in your suitcase for all the presents you’re going to give and get!
A pair of SKYPRO heels are a suitcase staple! Not only are they my go-to cabin crew concourse shoes, but they’re my go-to travel shoes, period. They’re comfortable enough for dashing through even the busiest and biggest of airports, but polished enough for First Class. Wearing them on the plane also saves precious space in your suitcase.
If you’re headed somewhere really cold, a pair of these booties are essential! Put a pair of wool shoe inserts in for extra warmth and pair them with black tights and a sweater dress for parties or with black pants and a sweater for some holiday caroling.
Dresses are always a good idea! A good sweater dress, especially in a festive color like red or a classic like black, can take you from holiday shopping to holiday parties with a quick change of accessories. They also don’t take up a lot of room in your suitcase and can easily be layered over leggings and booties for extra warmth.
Rock your best Audrey Hepburn look in a pair of slim fitting black pants. Whether I’m jumpseating or flying just for fun, my favorite airport outfit is a pair of SKYPRO heels, black knit pants, and a chunky sweater or cardigan. You’ll be the most stylish person on the plane and it makes going from baggage claim to the bar a snap.
CHUNKY WOOL SWEATER OR CARDIGAN
A really cozy sweater in a natural material such as wool will keep you warm in even the coldest climates. This is usually the bulkiest item you’ll need to have with you, so wear it on the plane to save space in your suitcase.
UNDERSHIRT AND TURTLENECK
Dressing for the cold is all about the layers. Pack a thin tank top and turtleneck in your bag so you can throw it on under your sweater when you need something other than gluhwein to warm you up.
Another layering essential, black tights look chic under a sweater dress or add warmth when worn under pants.
This might be a bit aspirational, but pack it just in case you want to get a jumpstart on your New Year’s resolutions (or just burn off all the eggnog and Christmas cookies).
SKYPRO’s black leather gloves are an elegant way to stay warm.
HAT AND SCARF
A big red scarf brightens up gray winter days and keeps you cozy. As a bonus, you can also use your scarf as a blanket on the plane!
No winter outfit is complete without a great coat! Just remember your jetiquette and don’t let your coat take up an entire overhead bin on the plane. Fold it nice and neat and put it on top of your carry-on luggage.
A BATHING SUIT
Just in case! You never know when you’ll need it for an apres-ski hot tub dip or a Carribean reroute!