How To Pack For Thanksgiving Travel

It’s T-minus two days till turkey fills our bellies and I’m once again reminded why stuffing is the greatest food in the world.

But Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food. It’s about coming together with all of the fun/weird/insightful/hilarious people that you’re stuck with till the end of time — FAMILY.

Being with your bunch often means traveling, and traveling means you gotta tackle one big task: packing.

To be honest, I’ve always loved to pack, but after years of working as an image consultant, I have learned that it is a major stress point for so many women.

Which is why this week, I’m showing you exactly how to pack for Thanksgiving travel.

Watch the video below to learn:

  • How to turn your comfortable airplane look into a stylish and put together outfit

  • How to dress up leggings for your flight

  • How to style your Thanksgiving day outfit

  • How to dress up a simple black dress so it’s a look you’ll love for Turkey Day

  • The right kind of jeans for Black Friday

  • The perfect heels to wear for travel, Thanksgiving Day, and Black Friday

  • What jewelry to wear on the plane vs. pack in your suitcase

  • How to create an airplane outfit fit for two different climates

And don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share your favorite way to style up your top. I would LOVE to hear from you!

Xx.

R

How To Pack A Carry-On For Two Different Climates

Packing is one of my favorite things to write about because it's all about adding the perfect ingredients to your suitcase to ensure you'll be stylish and successful on your next adventure. 

It can be tough to find the exact recipe that suits your mood and activities on the trip, and this time I'm taking on my biggest challenge yet. 

Next month, I'm heading out of town for three weeks to vacation in Cape Cod and attend a wedding in Maine. These two stops mean I'll be juggling a suitcase filled with options for the beach and cooler weather activities in Maine. The forecast is predicting both highs in the upper 70s and lows in the 50s. 

If your vacations take you to places with both mountains and water, like Colorado or Oregon, this one's for you.

A couple things to know 

For this trip, I'll have access to a washer/dryer the whole time (unlike my Europe trip), which is allows me to pack less and continuously utilize essential pieces over and over again during the trip. 

My clothes and accessories will all be going in my carry-on, but I'll also be taking a tote to carry my computer, wallet and miscellaneous items I'll need on the plane and for daily adventures. 

How I'm doing it

First, I'm conceptualizing my special event outfit. This trip only requires one, the wedding outfit, so that will be the easiest part of the pack. For this, I chose a top and pant set similar to this one. To finish the look, I'm adding black platform heels to dress up the outfit and Beaded by W mustard tassel earrings to pop the pattern of the set. Below is the set I've chosen. 

This is the top and pant set from Nordstrom Rack that I'll be wearing to the upcoming wedding in Maine. I'll finish the look with black platforms and statement earrings to pop the warm neutral pattern. 

Next, consider the vibe of where you're headed, then pack a handful of pieces that play into that atmosphere. Cape Cod has a classic/preppy/retro feel, so I packed light-colored tops to mimic the laid-back, beachy mood of this seasonal spot. This step is really your time to inject the pieces you love that you'll be really excited to wear. 

Finally, get practical. Add in all the elements you'll need to do all the activities you want to do. In this step, I'm adding a sweatshirt, a swimsuit, a cover-up, and workout clothes -- all items I will definitely need during my travels. 

The breakdown

shoes

Vince slides, black platform heels, Tecovas cowboy boots

From left to right: platform heels for the wedding, Vince slides for the beach, Tecovas boots for the whole trip

From left to right: platform heels for the wedding, Vince slides for the beach, Tecovas boots for the whole trip

tops

spaghetti strap grey blouse, Rails striped button-down, Rails Hawaiian printed top 

My Rails striped shirt is perfect for the retro vibes of Cape Cod. 

My Rails striped shirt is perfect for the retro vibes of Cape Cod. 

I've decided to pack this heather grey spaghetti-strap top, because it's an easy throw-on for layering or by itself on the beach. 

I've decided to pack this heather grey spaghetti-strap top, because it's an easy throw-on for layering or by itself on the beach. 

bottoms

white jean shorts, ripped jeans, cropped flare jeans, black leggings

From left to right: Mih cropped flare jeans, Topshop white jean shorts, Forever 21 ripped jeans, black flat-brim hat

From left to right: Mih cropped flare jeans, Topshop white jean shorts, Forever 21 ripped jeans, black flat-brim hat

outerwear

black sweatshirt, black puffy coat

From left to right: Champion black sweatshirt, Mountain hardware black puffy coat, flat-brim black hat

From left to right: Champion black sweatshirt, Mountain hardware black puffy coat, flat-brim black hat

accessories

black flat-brim hat, pink bandana, mustard Beaded by W tassle earrings, gold Mango hoops, black round cocktail ring, black long cocktail ring, wooden bangles 

Clockwise: wooden bangles, Mango gold hoops, black cocktail rings, Beaded by W mustard tassels, black flat-brim hat

Clockwise: wooden bangles, Mango gold hoops, black cocktail rings, Beaded by W mustard tassels, black flat-brim hat

the extras

3 gym outfits, wedding outfit, sleep wear, Rails striped beach cover-up, bathing suit 

Private Party one-piece custom bathing suit, Rails bathing suit cover-up

Private Party one-piece custom bathing suit, Rails bathing suit cover-up

How I'm layering

My puffy coat can work over any of the tops I've chosen, and I can also add the sweatshirt between the two layers if it gets extra cold. 

I've also packed my go-to Tecovas boots to make the transition from warm to cool seamlessly. I wear these boots year-round, so they'll be perfect with my white shorts and striped Rails top or with my ripped jeans, sweatshirt and gold hoops in Maine. 

In addition to the outerwear, I've added my wool hat to the mix, which adds a touch of style to my warm weather looks and a bit of warmth to my cool weather outfits. 

And remember, keep it simple. Don't overthink this. Your style is all about you, and if you're sticking within your color palette, individual style, and shapes that fit your body type, pieces in your wardrobe will naturally flow together. Understanding these key parts of your style will make it easier, less time consuming, and more fun to pack in the future. 

Want me to help you pack for your next trip? Let's chat. Your wardrobe and style are unique, and I would love to help you fill a suitcase with outfits you'll love throughout your whole trip. 

 

How to Pack | Episode 3 -- 5 Steps to the Perfect Suitcase

I spent last weekend in Atlanta celebrating my future sister-in-law with a handful of bridesmaid and friends. This trip inspired a departure from my typical “how to pack” post, because to be honest, if you’re not wearing sky high heels and neon crop top on your next trip, what I wore probably won’t be much help.

This week I’m taking a different route.

Here’s how to confidently pack a suitcase no matter where you’re headed, what you’re doing or who you’re going with.

Get ready to jet set in style.

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1. MOOD IS EVERYTHING, SO SET IT. 

I love this part of process because it takes away the mechanical feel of packing and replaces it with creative flow. Packing is about deciding how you want to feel when you arrive at your destination, and to do that, you need to get into the mood of your trip.

A) Put it into words.

When you’re able to put words to feelings, progress is always made.

Take a sheet of paper and write the name of where you’re headed horizontally in the middle.

My words for last weekend's trip!

My words for last weekend's trip!

Next, define the place you’re going. Choose three words to describe where you’re headed. Write them on the left side of the city, vertically stacked.

For me, Atlanta was: energetic, hot, busy.

Then, choose 3 words that describe how you want to feel in your clothes.

I chose sexy, fun, confident.  Write them on the right side of the city name, vertically stacked.

B) Put on a playlist.

During the 15-30 minutes you’ll be assembling your bag, you gotta have tunes. Pop on whatever feels right for where you’re headed.

My favorite hip hip artists of all time, Outkast, are from Atlanta, so that was an easy choice for last weekend’s pack. (If you don’t know Aquemini, I highly recommend giving it a listen.)

Next month I’m headed to a town I used to visit with my mom as a child. She’d always play Van Morrison on this trip, so that’s what I’ll be turning on.

If your destination is new, choose music based on the words you chose to describe your city. If it’s a spot you’ve visited before, think about what music you heard last time you were there.

C) Put it on ice.

This isn’t as essential as the other parts of the prep, but let’s face it…a cocktail is the perfect way to get you in the mood for vacation. Match what you’re drinking to wear you’re headed. A trip to Napa deserves a glass of wine, a margarita is perfect for Mexico, an IPA encompasses that Pacific Northwest vibe. It’s a sweet indulgence to celebrate your style.

For my trip to Atlanta, I went with rosé, because the bride-to-be is a big fan of the pink drink (who can blame her).

2. TRUST YOUR GUT

You’ve got your words, you’ve got your music, you’ve got your drink. Now for a little self pep talk.

Even if you’re going to be in a group setting on the trip, this is not the time to think about what anyone else is wearing. There is one person and one person only that this suitcase is about, and that’s your self.

Go with what you want to wear.

Wearing something to fit in with everyone else will ultimately make you feel bored, look boring and snuff out your self-expression.  And style is all about self-expression. I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but to fit in, you need to stand out. Being yourself through your style helps people accept you and understand that you are genuine, authentic and a person worth knowing.

3. Do the dirty work.

It’s time to style your outfits. And yes, I say style, because that’s exactly what you’ll do now and exactly what you do every day in your closet.

Grab your sheet of paper with the city + 6 words on it. Think of the first occasion you need to dress for on the trip then create an outfit for that occasion (i.e. on the airplane, dinner, beach day.)

Now look back at your sheet. Does the outfit you choose match the words on the left? Does it make you feel the things on the right?

If yes, hooray! Throw the outfit in the suitcase. If the answer is no, what didn’t match? Why? In determining your "why", consider what would work, and swap the initial outfit or piece of the outfit for something new. 

Follow this formula for each look you’ll need for the trip.

Finding the right outfits for the right occasion is a tough task, so if you feel confused or can't find a clear answer, I would love to help! My work is about celebrating women. Through a combination of teaching, styling and coaching, I help you feel powerful and put together in each of your outfits every single day. 

In Atlanta celebrating with the maid of honor (left) and the bride-to-be (center).

In Atlanta celebrating with the maid of honor (left) and the bride-to-be (center).

Source: https://youtu.be/9xxCZIsep68

How to Pack | Episode 2 -- Napa Bound

Hi y'all! In case you missed my last post, this is second of my series: How to Pack! And this week, I'm talking Napa. Now while this post is inspired by my trip to wine country, you can re-create these looks for any vacation destination that's romantic + luxurious: Paris, The Amalfi Coast, The Hamptons (just to name a few). As you'll see, the looks I created for this trip are a little bit sexy, somewhat edgy and encompass that California vibe. 

So pour yourself a glass of rosé, watch the video and create the looks you'll love for your next trip. Comment below and let me know what you think too!

 

Haven't seen the video yet? Watch it here now.

Wanna to learn more about how to style your current wardrobe in more interesting ways? Book a free Greer Style Chat with me to talk all about your unique style needs. I'll create a customized plan of action dedicated to helping you love your look every day of the week. 

Source: https://youtu.be/jTvredibbag

How to Pack | Episode 1 -- Camping Trip!

I'm excited to announce the launch of my latest video series: How to Pack! This year I'm going to be traveling a lot, and I'm excited to take y'all along for the ride! I get so many questions about how to prep a suitcase without it being a failure/disaster/disappointment. Thus! I created this series to show you how exactly I do it and end up satisfied + styled at my destination. 

Before you dive into the video though, I also want to say one thing...

packing is stressful.

And if you feel that next trip inducing anxiety, you are certainly not alone. It's stressful, because it truly is hard. You basically have to take what you do every day (create an outfit), but multiple it by at least double. That's a lot of outfits made up of a lot of pieces that you've got to conceptualize at one time. 

It took me many tries and trips before getting in touch with myself enough, gaining the perspective and developing the courage to say, "yes, I will definitely wear this." or "That's a nice idea, Raquel, but you know you won't wear that." Nice ideas are great, and at home, nice can be fun and pleasant. On vacation though, you only want to pack stuff you absolutely love that fits you like a glove. Because loving your outfits every day of a trip will enhance your trip and give you that enviable glow we all want in vacation pictures.

So grab a glass of wine, a pen & paper and hit play to get inspired to create the style under the stars you'll absolutely love. Oh and if you have questions, I'd love to chat.

Got a trip you're taking soon? Let me help you pack for it. 
Have a place you'd like me to feature on "How to Pack"? Comment below with where you're heading next.

Source: https://youtu.be/f-ufVG-MDgI