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Distilling Your Holiday Packing List

Dec 07, 2015

It’s December. Which is just a more formal way of saying THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE! This time of year includes all sorts of gleeful activities and traditions (ice skating, hot chocolate, boozy egg nog…), but it also carries with it some inevitably stressful situations, primarily in the travel departments. Loading up a week’s worth of clothing and day-to-day necessities then schlepping to your loved ones doesn’t have to make you crazy. Note: your loved ones might still make you crazy, but that’s a different post entirely. Here are some of our tried and true travel staples to help you streamline the holiday packing process so you can focus on the important things…like holiday punch, friend reunions, and trying to explain to your grandparents what it is you’re even *doing* with your life.

1.) Instead of several pairs of pants, lighten your carry-on load by bringing just one pair of versatile jeans. For women, we recommend the High Waisted Skinny in Black Powerstretch, because a perfectly contouring pair of black skinny jeans goes with everything. For men, it’s best to stick to a darker shade as well. Opt for DSTLD’s Men’s Raw 12.7z oz Jeans.

DSTLD High Waisted Skinny Jeans in Black Powerstretch

DSTLD Men’s Slim Fit 12.7z oz Raw Denim Jeans in 24-dip Indigo Grey

2.) Sunglasses. These are a must have for when you inevitably run into your recently engaged hometown ex after a night out. DSTLD’s polarized Aviator sunglasses are lightweight and timeless, and provide just the right amount of coverage.

DSTLD Polarized Aviator Sunglasses

3.) A nice watch. Whether your family holidays lean formal or not, every adult should have a simple yet standout timepiece that makes it look like you have your sh*t together.


4.) A really good pair of headphones. This all black Bose style cancels out noise so you can block out that screaming baby sitting two rows up.


5.) A good book (one that you will actually read), so you can get away with having a bit of time to yourself and not feel guilty about it. DSTLD co-founder Mark Lynn currently has The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil, Boomerang by Michael Lewis, and The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday on rotation.

6.) Layer pieces. Bring with you at least one long sleeve top, a tee shirt, a polo shirt, and a jacket you can layer over a tee or wear on its own. Keep the colors neutral (think grey, navy, black, white), so you can mix and match for a number of different fool proof ensembles.

Jet Black Skinny Jeans // White Crew Neck Tee // Leather Bomber Jacket

7.) One bag for all your makeup and toiletries.

8.) A pair of heels or dress shoes, a pair of boots or booties, and slippers.

9.) A black shift or sweater dress in case you have any holiday parties on the agenda.

10.) A timeless mid length coat. Try a camel hue for women, or a deep grey for men.


Any other must-brings on your packing list this holiday season?