16 Stress-Free Holiday Packing Tips: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes

16 Stress-Free Holiday Packing Tips: How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes


The best Packing Tips you may find for a stress-less Vacation!

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress if you’re not prepared. One of the most common sources of holiday stress is packing for your trip. Packing the wrong things or forgetting something important can ruin your vacation. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 16 stress-free holiday packing tips. Follow these tips and you’ll avoid the most common mistakes people make when packing for their holidays!


Best Packing Tips based on our experience:

Let me be honest with you, When I Started to travel alone, or with my partner, Packing was my nightmare. I did not prepare in advance and did everything the day before departure, imagine my stress!

If I have a BIG advice to give you: Preparation is the key. Packing will be a children’s game.

In addition to preparation, there’s some tips  that you have to know for a stress-less vacation.

Let’s start then with our 16 Packing tips:

Start packing early

This is the number one tip for avoiding stress while packing. Pack a little bit each day instead of waiting until the last minute. This will help you avoid forgetting something important, and it will also give you time to make changes if you realize you’ve packed too much or too little of something.

Choose the right luggage

Choose luggage that is easy to carry and has enough space for everything you need to pack. If you’re traveling by plane, make sure your luggage meets the size and weight requirements of the airline.

Make a packing list

This is an essential step for avoiding stress while packing. Make a list of everything you need to pack, and check items off as you put them in your bag.


Pack versatile clothing

Choose clothing that can be worn in multiple ways. This will save space in your luggage and give you more outfit options while you’re on vacation.

Pack light

This is a mistake that many people make. They pack too much and end up lugging around heavy bags. Only pack what you need, and leave room in your luggage for souvenirs.

When I travel I note what I don’t wear then I don’t packing next time.

For example, I pack 4 tee shirts, wear just 2. so Next time, for a similar travel, I will not pack 4 tee shirts…

And shoes! I don’t need 5 pair of shoes for a 2 weeks vacation. Who cares if your sandals are a different color than your dress? You are traveling to relax not to impress others! Think of it, you will thank me later.

Fold your clothes

This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t fold their clothes when packing. Folding your clothes will save space and prevent wrinkles. Rolling was, for long term, the suggested way, but when you will see this video, you’ll change understand why folding is more efficient than rolling.

Use packing cubes

Packing cubes are a great way to organize your luggage. They help you keep track of what’s in your bag and make it easy to find what you’re looking for.

Wear your heaviest items

If you’re traveling by plane, wear your heaviest items on the plane to save space in your luggage. If you exceed your limit packing weight, you will surly pay extra fees . So, take this into consideration when you are packing your carry-on.

Check the weather forecast

This will help you pack the right clothing and avoid overpacking. If you’re traveling to a place with unpredictable weather, pack clothes that can be layered.

Be prepared for Transportation Security Administration

Make sure you’re familiar with the TSA’s rules and regulations before you pack. This will help you avoid any surprises at the airport.

Don’t pack sharp object like knives or liquid over 100ml. Most airlines have restrictions on what you can and cannot bring on a plane, so make sure you check the rules before packing. Take a look on this web site to know what you can bring with you or not.

To know what you are allowed to bring in your carry-on and checked baggage before arriving at the airport, go to the TSA website. There, you will find an A-Z list of items that will help guide you through the do’s and don’ts of packing.


Put small items in plastic bags

This will help keep them from getting lost in your luggage.

Don’t overpack your carry-on

Your carry-on should be small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. It should also have everything you need in case your luggage gets lost, including a change of clothes, toiletries, and medications.

Keep valuables with you

Don’t pack valuables in your checked luggage. Keep them with you in your carry-on so you don’t have to worry about them getting lost or stolen. Don’t ever put cameras, jewelry, Identity card, money… in your checked luggage.

Take pictures of your stuffs and luggage

It’s always a good idea to take pictures of your belongings before packing up the family vacation luggage. This way, if they’re lost at airport security or in transit somewhere between now and then- you’ll have some hard evidence that can be used as proof of ownership!

The airline company will ask you to fill out a form for lost luggage. It’s important that these are accurate estimates of what was stored in your bag, as well as an idea on its value (in case they offer cash reimbursement). The pictures provide evidence should there be any need make claim with travel insurance agent; whether temporary or permanent-, this is something worth being prepared!

Make sure you take a picture of your luggage as you check in. The photo will be useful if there are problems with the claim and it should also show that everything was packed properly by both ends!

You should bring a swimsuit

If you are going on a beach vacation, make sure to pack your swimsuit! You don’t want to be caught unprepared when the weather is perfect for a dip in the ocean or pool.


Be sure that babies stuffs are accepted

If you have Babies, ask the airline company if they accept strollers and baby seats.

General advices

This may sound silly, but some people miss their planes because of some basic things

Check the expiration date of your passport

Make sure your passport is up to date before you travel. Most countries require that your passport be valid for at least six months after your planned return date.

Imagine you are rejected from boarding just because your passport is expired, even if it’s just by one day. It would be a nightmare, so please don’t let this happen to you!


Check visa requirements

This is obvious, but when you have an American, Australian or European passport you think that you can travel anywhere you want without visa. It’s a mistake.

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, make sure you have the proper visa. Some countries require that you apply for a visa well in advance of your trip, so don’t wait until the last minute to do this.

Check Medical requirement

check if the country of destination does not require specific vaccines (such as Covid for example)



Packing for a trip can be stressful, but there are some simple things you can do to make the process easier. By following these tips, you can avoid common mistakes and make sure your holiday is as stress-free as possible. Bon voyage!


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