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Your Essential Thanksgiving Break Packing List



College students across the country are anxiously awaiting Wednesday so that we can all head home for a nice long weekend and a home-cooked meal. But while I’m really looking forward to getting a break from schoolwork and catching up on Gossip Girl – I know that I can’t sit in my sweatpants all weekend. Everyone has their own Thanksgiving tradition, whether it’s attending the high-school football game, grabbing coffee with a friend who you haven’t seen since summer, or a family dinner, and that means multiple occasions to dress (and pack) for!

That said, your parents probably won’t enjoy sitting in traffic with a car packed to the roof with your entire wardrobe. (I promise, you won’t need seven pairs of jeans.) So luckily for Mom and Dad, or that guy next to you on the bus, I’ve put together a simple packing list with some outfit essentials. Each piece is super versatile and can be mixed and matched to create a stylish outfit for every hometown occasion. So take that fifth pair of shoes out of your suitcase and keep it to the essentials below – you can do it!

Your Favorite Denim

We all have that one favorite pair of jeans – the perfectly worn-in, comfy, flattering pair that’s always your go-to for both that early morning class and your Saturday night out. How many times have you brought multiple pairs home for a weekend, only to end up wearing that one pair over and over? I know I do it all of the time.

So wear your favorite jeans with riding boots and a cute jacket for a Starbucks trip, and pair them with flats and a cardigan for dinner with your grandparents. A dark wash jean, void of any rips or extra bling, is definitely the most versatile – and flattering – choice!

Product Information: Forever 21, Forever 21, Forever 21, Delia’s

Pretty Flats

Flats are one of the easiest ways to dress up an otherwise basic outfit, and thanks to retailers like Forever 21 and Target, they’re also budget-friendly! Packing minimally for a weekend home means that you’ll have to rely on basic tops to make each look, but a pair of pretty shoes with instantly perk up that plain white tee.

Not a fan of gems and sequins on your shoes? Go for a pair in a sophisticated fabric like tweed or suede in a rich color. I’m a firm believer that there is the perfect pair of flats for every girl out there.

Product Information: (Clockwise from top) Target, Forever 21, Zappos, Spiegel, Target, Forever 21

A Warm Sweater

I know it’s tempting to pack your favorite college sweatshirt to curl up on the couch in, but you’ll have many more outfit options if you pack a thick sweater instead (and I promise, you’ll be just as comfortable). A cardigan can be worn with almost anything – from jeans and a t-shirt to a cocktail dress. And in contrast to that bulky hoodie, a sweater won’t take up as much room in your bag!

Product Information: Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe

A Statement Coat

A must-have for everyone! Even I fall into the Northface rut now and again, but a classic statement coat is definitely a must for Thanksgiving break. Having a stylish coat will give the illusion that your outfit is polished and pulled-together – even if you have your gym clothes on underneath.

A coat like this is great for running errands during the day. When you’re home for a holiday weekend, you’re bound to run into a few people that you haven’t seen since graduation and you want them to see you looking your best! Laying on the couch in leggings and a tank top? Throw on a gorgeous red coat and a pair of boots and you’re all set to head out. In addition, a dressier coat is the finishing touch on any polished outfit.

Product Information: Charlotte Russe, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Charlotte Russe

Your Packing Essentials?

What are your packing essentials? Are you a notoriously last-minute over-packer like I am? Are there a few key pieces that you always bring with you? We want to hear from you! I have a couple days until I have to catch the train home and I’d love to hear your tips! Be sure to leave a comment.

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15 Responses to “Your Essential Thanksgiving Break Packing List”

  1. 1
    November 22nd, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    This is awesome, thanks for posting it! I am packing right now and will take this advice into account. Don’t forget a cute plaid shirt!

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I’m packing right now, and this is just what I needed! I really do wear the same pair of jeans all weekend long even though I usually take 4 or 5!! Awesome tips, thanks for the great post!

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    This “packing list” post is sooo true. I am packing tonight for my trip back home (cant wait!) and I plan to have a cuddle on the couch outfit haha and a thanksgiving dinner outfit. i love this site!

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    I would add a nice jersey dress. It’s easy to pair with tights, pretty flats, and some jewelry and you look great for family photos but are also comfortable sitting and eating all day :)

  5. 5
    November 22nd, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I would also add a dress and tights. Its great for impressing Grandma and Grandpa at Thanksgiving dinner, and your friends will be jealous when they see you looking fabulous when they look just like everyone else!

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Thanks for the list! I think these are some great basics. I know we’re only a couple days away, but any chance we’ll be seeing a list of beauty essentials?

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I totally agree, especially on the statement coat, it pays to have one in your wardrobe!

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    i think you should also add a cute pair of boot :) love the post thou

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    November 22nd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    this is great :]] this is my first thanksgiving so i have no idea what to bring!!
    although here in Minnesota it will definitely be boots over flats!!
    i also agree about a cute dress and tights though :]]]

    Charlotte xxx

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    November 23rd, 2010 at 9:49 am

    These ideas are good, but i really wish it was not all from Forever 21 or Charlotte Russe.

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    November 23rd, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I love this article. I don’t think my stomach has ever done a little leap over a CollegeFashion Article. I was beginning to plan what to pack for leaving today. And I did my usual refreshing of the CollegeFashion page and I saw this. It helped so much. I was going to pack 3 pairs of jeans when I saw this article. and I said I really don’t need that one pair. And instead of packing my favorite sweatshirt I am going to pack my brand new J Crew open draped collar cardigan :)

    WELL DONE!!!!

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    November 23rd, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    Great advice! I live in jeans, flats, sweaters, and coats in the colder months.

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