Don't Overstuff It: What You Really Need In Your Thanksgiving Carry-On

Don't Overstuff It: What You Really Need In Your Thanksgiving Carry-On
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Don't Overstuff It: What You Really Need In Your Thanksgiving Carry-On

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Have a few basic t-shirts ($30) in your arsenal to layer under sweaters and throw on in the morning around the breakfast table with your sweatpants.

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Pack one great sweater, like this Acne Lina pineapple knit sweater ($246) that you can throw on with jeans on the plane for travel and again around the house.

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Opt for a pair of classic jeans — no bells, whistles, or distressing — so they'll be versatile enough to take you from lounging around the house to heading out on the town. We love these J Brand Maria Power Stretch High-Rise Skinny Jeans ($220).

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If your Thanksgiving plans involve meeting the parents — and even if you've known your significant other's mom and dad for a while — leave the lingerie at home and pack a pair of sweats like these Gap Fleece Lounge Pants ($20) that you won't be embarrassed to come to the breakfast table in.

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You've already packed your special occasion dress, but a sweater dress like Madewell's Aprs Ski Dress($110) is super versatile, not to mention easy to roll up in your carry-on, should you need another more dressed-up look for dinner the night after.

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Be sure to bring one dress, like this Zara A-Line Jacquard Dress ($90) in case Thanksgiving is a dressier affair, or if you'll need something to wear out over the following couple of days. Remember, it's always better to be overdressed than under-dressed.

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We know it's tempting to want to bring all of your shoes — but stick to the essentials. A pair of neutral flats like these Madewell Skimmer Flats ($79) are an easy option and go with everything.

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Have a cozy cardigan, like this J.Crew Collection Cashmere Boyfriend Cardigan ($238) to warm up your dressier top, dress, or t-shirt.

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A pair of heeled booties, like  ($150) can take you from day to night. Wear them while you travel to free up room in your bag.

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A pair of statement earrings, like these Kate Spade New york Crystal Chapel Cluster Drop Earrings ($98) or a jeweled necklace can amp up anything in your suitcase. Save yourself from bringing multiple tops for every occasion; instead rely on your jewels to do the dressing up.

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Have a great pair of tights, like these DVF Solid Tights ($41) in your bag for warming up your dresses.

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We'd be sure to bring a warm, sophisticated scarf like this Banana Republic Cashmere Scarf ($120). You'll wear it on the plane, out to dinner, curled up by the fire, and beyond.

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If we learned anything from watching Meet the Parents (too many times) it's this: you're better off carrying on. That's especially the case if you're not headed to your own home for the holidays. Traveling to your significant other's (friend's, roommate's, etc.) for Thanksgiving presents a ton of packing challenges - Is it OK to wear my pajamas to breakfast? Do I have to wear a dress for Thanksgiving dinner?

Fortunately, we're here to help relieve a little of that holiday stress and make packing for your Turkey Day away a little easier on you. Your guide to, um, not overstuffing it begins right now. Read on for our tips for efficient packing, then click through for the 14 items to have in your suitcase.

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While it's tempting to show off all of your new purchases and favorite items, don't sacrifice space for a single amazing piece you can only wear once. Instead, look to tops, dresses, and tees that you can wear more than once and go well with the other items in your bag.

If something wrinkles easily, leave it at home. Look to easy fabrics and finishes that will roll and fold easily into your suitcase.

Know the power of great accessories. A great pair of earrings or a pretty necklace can take a sweater or top from day to night in a flash and take up a tiny amount of space in your bag.

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