5 Things That Belong in Your Winter Break Carry-On

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Whether you’re headed home for the holidays or gearing up for a winter vacay, it’s time to start preparing now. Even if your plans are still a few weeks away, packing is one of the most stressful and difficult parts of going away. That’s why you need to start mentally packing right now; before you know it, it’ll be time to leave.

When packing a bag for a trip, using a list always makes things easier. Here are five must-have items for your winter getaway — wherever that may be this year.

Essential Medications

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At the top of your packing list should be any essential medications. Going off of them could be detrimental to your health or progress toward a certain beauty or wellness goal. Whether you’re on prescription medications or you’re simply taking vitamins for hair growth or skin health, pack them. For medications to work, you need to be consistent and never miss a dose, even when traveling.

When packing your winter carry-on, make sure that you carefully consider each medication that you’ll need to bring. By thinking ahead, you can make sure you have enough of each medication to last your entire trip. Also, if you’re flying, make sure that your meds will make it through security. Otherwise, you may need to check your bag.

Unlimited amounts of prescription pills are permitted. But make sure that you double-check the labels on any topical treatments. If you use a prescription face cream for acne or topical finasteride, for example, determine how much you need prior to traveling. You may need to use travel-size containers or pack a larger suitcase

Warm Clothing

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Depending on where you’re heading for the holidays, temps may be on the chillier side. This means you should pack plenty of warm clothes — a good mix of comfortable and stylish pieces. If your trip is a bit longer, make sure you pack versatile, classic pieces. You may have to wear things multiple times and get creative with outfits.

When packing, don’t forget tops, bottoms, socks, undergarments, shoes, and outerwear. For each of these categories, bring a variety — enough for everything you’ll be doing on your winter break. For example, when picking out tops to bring, think about how many casual tops vs. nice tops you’ll need. For pants, how many pairs of jeans, sweatpants, or leggings do you need? It never hurts to think about what you’ll be doing each day. Sure, it’s hard to know exactly what you’ll want to wear, but you can prepare for certain activities.

Pro tip: Don’t forget the accessories! It’s easy to get caught up remembering to pack all of the essential warm clothing. While this is important, a beanie, a scarf, or even some jewelry is great for elevating any outfit.

Travel Size Toiletries

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Don’t forget about hygiene and self-care either. They’re obviously important no matter where you are. And yet, the items essential for the care of oneself can be among the easiest to forget when packing. Cleaning and taking care of yourself is like second nature. Toiletries are always readily available in your own home, so it’s not always the first thing we think to pack.

Since many toiletries are needed on trips, it’s best to use a toiletries packing list when tackling this task. Start making a running list of what you use every day in the shower, in the morning, and at night. Include deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cleanser, makeup remover, and so on. This list will help you out when you’re packing and feeling overwhelmed. For each item you check off your list, you’re that much closer to being ready for your winter break.

Extra Beauty and Styling Products

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After packing up every toiletry item that you use day-to-day, think about styling products and tools. Think finishing pastes and sprays for hair, makeup, and fragrances. These items are just as important as all the essentials in your carry-on. If you don’t use them on your trip, you might not feel completely ready for special days.

Think about those extra touches that make you feel ready to head out the door each day. Or the things you do at the end of the day to wind down. Maybe you always use the same lip gloss before leaving the house. Or, perhaps you always sleep with a silk pillowcase. From skincare to hair care to wellness products, bring your beauty and wellness must-haves wherever you go this winter break.

Necessary Electronics

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Last but not least, electronics are crucial for a smooth and enjoyable travel experience. If you have work to do over the holidays, things like your phone, laptop, and chargers are essential. Headphones and tablets might be seen as ‘extras,’ but even they can add entertainment to an otherwise boring travel experience.

Think about how you’ll want to spend your winter break. Do you have any work you need to catch up on? Or do you just want to relax and catch up on your favorite TV show or enjoy a movie? These activities require electronics. Whether you’ll be packing your laptop, tablet, or headphones will be up to you. Don’t forget to also pack your charger! You wouldn’t want a dead battery ruining your trip.

Effective packing is essential to ensure that you have a comfortable and enjoyable winter vacation. When you’re away from home, various essentials are required. From the obvious toiletries to warm clothing to essential medications, everything must be accounted for. Packing can be a daunting task, but when it’s done well, you’re sure to have a great trip.


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