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What to pack in your holiday travel bag

November 30, 2016

When going away for a long weekend I always seem to overpack. The holidays are stressful enough, so to make things a little easier here are some tips on how to pack for your holiday vacation. Watch the tips I shared during my Facebook Live chat here (more than 6,000 views) or on the video below. You can also watch my latest TV segment at the end of the post.

Plan ahead. 

If you want everything to fit in a carry-on bag or a duffle bag, plan your outfit ahead of time and keep it simple. Flat boots are always a good option for a long weekend. Pack a chic sweater or festive red blouse. These faux leather boots are from JCPenney.

brown boots be chic mag

A pair of black booties will easily fit in your travel bag. They can also help dress up a pair of jeans.

tj maxx boots

Take only the essential toiletries 

When it comes to packing your toiletries, don’t take everything you see in your bathroom or makeup bag. But don’t forget your toothpaste or deodorant.

truly radiant arm and hammer toothpaste

If you’re going to be drinking dark beverages like red wine during the holiday parties, I recommend you try Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant Clean & Fresh Toothpaste because it has baking soda which is a powerful whitening cleanser. It’s also great for a deep cleanse especially after eating so many sweets and meats this season.

dove dry spray

Another essential item for a long weekend this holiday season is a fast drying deodorant. One of my favorites is the Dove Dry Spray because it goes instantly dry without you having to apply it directly to your underarms. It lasts 48 hours and doesn’t leave white residue. It can also be gifted to an overnight guest. GIVEAWAY! Win a 6-month supply of the Dove Dry Spray. To enter, share this video on your Facebook wall and let me know. 

Makeup bag is from JCPenney.

new year in Caribbean

If you’re planning to spend the new year in a tropical island or a warmer climate, don’t forget your sun block and bug repellent. I’m hoping to visit Palace Resort’s Moon Palace Jamaica Grande. Look out for a full recap post and video of my stay in Ocho Rios.

holiday travel tips

Finally, for some of us, a portable phone charger might be the most important item of all. They are pretty expensive in the airport so don’t leave yours behind. This PocketJuice is from JCPenney.

I also shared most of these tips on a recent television segment. WATCH it below.

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Mercedes Sanchez

Mercedes Sanchez is an on-air style and beauty expert, spokesperson, and the founder of — a lifestyle blog covering fashion, beauty, and travel. She's offered style and beauty tips on NBC, CBS, BET, HuffPo, Telemundo and Univision. Contact: mercedes[at]bechicmag[dot]com.

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