Over-packing—I do it all the time. But choosing what to pack for Thanksgiving traveling, be it only 24 hours or the whole weekend, can be a stress-free process if you plan what you’ll need ahead of time. Don’t grab too many things, though; leave space for smuggling leftovers home.
By Roxana Hadadi
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I live for two things this time of year: pie and Black Friday shopping. My family only has a few traditions, but they generally revolve around food and buying things: My mother gets a new Coach bag for herself every Black Friday, and my father indulges in pie and watching “The Godfather” with me. They might not be the most traditional ways to spend time together, but they work well enough.
And, sometime today, we will travel to small-town Pennsylvania to spend time with my cousin, her husband, and their two sons, who are reaching middle-school age. Will they want to play basketball and soccer after the big meal? Yes. Will I need to do this in a full face of makeup? Also, yes.
So figuring out what to bring along so I look nice, can clean myself up after playing sports with the boys, and then seem put-together during the Black Friday insanity tomorrow has required some planning on my part. I don’t want to bog down my bag in case my cousin wants to send pie home with us (please, let her want to send pie home with us!), but I do want to be prepared. So maybe I’m over-packing … but just a little.
Read on to find out my Thanksgiving packing picks!