Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway

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Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway | Why Hello Lovely

This afternoon my family will be off to New York City for a holiday weekend getaway!  It’ll be our first family vacation with my dad’s new girlfriend and her daughter so we’re all very excited to be able to get away for a few days and spend some time together.  It’s going to be so nice to get away from the stress and have a change in scenery.  Zack will be home in six days (whoo!!) and now four of those days will be spent in the city.  Hopefully I’ll be so busy that the time will fly right by!

If you’ve never been to New York City around Christmastime then you need to add it to your bucket list.  The city is so magical this time of year.  Everything is decorated and there’s much going on.  There’s something fun to do for everyone in the family.  Some of our key points this trip are the Nutcracker Ballet, the Freedom Tower, Macy’s, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square.  I’d love to do the Empire State Building if we have time as well.  Jenna’s daughter has never been to the city so we’ll definitely be doing some fun, touristy things while we’re there.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway | High Heels & Combat Boots

When I was a teenager, I was horrible at packing.  Rather than packing the items I actually needed, I had a habit of packing all my favorite items.  My favorite clothes and my favorite beauty products had to go everywhere with me even if I didn’t plan on wearing/using them.  It was a bit ridiculous and resulted in my constantly having 3-5 pages on every trip (no joke…I was a nightmare to travel with).  Nowadays I have a system when I’m packing for a trip.

First I like to have some sort of itinerary so that I know how many days I’ll be gone and what I’ll be doing while I’m away.   This allows me to see how many outfits I’m going to need throughout my trip as well as what type of outfits I’ll be needing.  For this trip, we’ll be away for four days.  We’ll be seeing the Nutcracker ballet which means I need something super cute and a little more fancy to wear (see what I’m wearing here).  We’ll also be doing a lot of sightseeing which means I need to bring comfortable shoes and dress warmly for the December temperatures.  Knowing what I’m going to be doing and how long I’ll be gone makes it so much easier to figure out what to pack.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway | High Heels & Combat Boots

Second, I start creating all of my outfits.  For this trip, I needed 4-5 outfits with two of them being ‘travel’ outfits (Thursday and Sunday), meaning they have to be comfortable to be in the car for an extended period of time and one being a bit more “fancy” (Saturday).  Then I packed a regular outfit for Friday as well as a back up outfit just in case it’s needed.  I also needed to make sure to bring a bathing suit, pjs, extra socks, underwear, and all those other essentials.

While planning my outfits, I also take into consideration the accessories I need for each.  Since this is a shorter trip, I’m using the same bag and shoes for each day of the trip (aside from the heels I’ll be wearing at the ballet).  I’ll also be wearing the same scarf for two of the outfits as well.  I wont be packing too many extras which allows me to pack everything comfortably in a single bag.

Third, I need my beauty products.  Duh.  This includes all makeup, shower products, and miscellaneous extras that I may need.  Again, I try to pack just the necessities.  If it’s a shorter trip, then pack travel sized products if possible.  I will also only be taking my straightener with me because I know I wont be using a curling iron and the hotel will have a blow dryer.  I try to condense as much as I can so that I’m not carrying a million bags full of clothes and products I wont even end up touching.

Packing For A Holiday Weekend Getaway | High Heels & Combat Boots

Since it’s the holidays and Zack will be home next week, I know there will be tons of pictures taken over the next few weeks.  Because of this, it’s super important to have a beautiful smile.  I was finally able to get my teeth straightened this past spring so now my only issue has been the color of my teeth.  I’m a huge coffee and red wine drinker so it’s not always easy to get that beautiful white smile.  To solve this issue, I will be packing my Crest 3D 1-Hour Whitestrips.

Crest 3D 1-Hour Whitestrips remove years of teeth stains in just one hour!  They’re very comfortable to wear and thanks to their advance seal technology’s no slip grip, they stay put for the full hour so that you can talk and drink water while whitening.  Leading up to our trip, I used the Whitestrips every night while I got work done.  One night, I even wore them in a Skype meeting and no one even noticed I had them on!  This makes them perfect for women on the go who just don’t have the time to stop and whiten their teeth throughout the day.  They also use the same enamel safe whitening ingredients that dentists use so you can feel confident in knowing they’re safe to use.

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Crest 3D White Whitestrips 1-Hour Express Teeth Whitening Kit is having a limited-time offer where you can buy one kit at and get another for FREE!  This gives you 8 strip treatments; each with upper and lower strips to help you achieve that perfect holiday smile!

How do you pack for a holiday weekend getaway?  Are you working towards a whiter smile for the holidays? 

  • Stephanie Bishop

    Great tips, and I’m actually going away this weekend- so, perfect timing! Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m so glad this could be helpful to you! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  • Michelle Mink

    going to new york at christmas time has been on my bucket list for a long time! i too was a horrible packer as a teenager. now i use e z cubes to help organize my suitcase and always pack a hangable pouch with my toiletries. i’ve used the crest strips before and they really enhanced my teeth

    • We’ve gone to NYC at Christmastime couple times now and it’s always so much fun! I highly recommend you go! We stay at a hotel just outside the city so it’s not as crazy expensive and we’re not constantly in all the action which is perfect. We just take the train into the city and spend the day there 🙂 I’ll have to check out the EZ Cubes! I’ve heard good things about those. And I’m completely in love with my Whitestrips haha I’m definitely going to be buying more. I couldn’t be happier with them!

  • What an exciting and fun time you are heading into. I’ve never been to New York City but one day. Have a fantastic time and I’m sure you’ll have wonderful stories to tell when you get back!

    • Hi Amanda! Definitely add NYC to your bucket list. I couldn’t recommend it more. It’s amazing!

  • Brooklyn

    I love the crest whitening strips. How exciting you get to go to NY! I hope you have an amazing time!! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Brooklyn! I love visiting NYC and we had an amazing weekend. I’m already wanting to go back haha

  • Sabrina Fox

    I hope you have a great time! I’ve been meaning to buy some of the whitening strips, but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    • I highly recommend the Crest Whitestrips! They’re incredible. Super easy to use and they have amazing results!

  • I love NYC at Christmas 🙂 I’ve been there once for it and it’s amazing! I hope you have a great holiday. xo

  • Jen

    NYC at Christmas is amazing! I hope you have a wonderful time! 🙂

    • Thanks Jen! I love NYC during the holidays. It’s incredibly. I’d love to start making it an annual trip.

  • I was in NYC for an extended layover a year ago, have a great time! & I agree that knowing your itinerary beforehand helps you pack better for the trip!

    • Thanks Diana! We had an amazing weekend. Packing based on our itinerary really helped me out with this trip. I was able to pack less and still had everything I needed!

  • Great tips! I try to pack the same way by figuring out how many days we’ll be gone and what we’ll be doing first and then planning the outfits! So jealous you get to see the Nutcracker Ballet! Have a fantastic time and I hope the days fly by for you!

    • Thanks Kelly! Packing based on our itinerary really helped me out with this trip. I was able to pack less and still had everything I needed! The Nutcracker was amazing. I highly recommend it if you’re ever in New York 🙂

  • I used to use the Crest Whitening strips until I got custom trays for my teeth because my gums were extra sensitive. The results were awesome, though!

    • I was super worried about my gums when I first tried them, but luckily I haven’t had any issues. They have amazing results and I love how quickly is works too. Definitely a must buy.

  • Great tips! NYC during the holidays is amazing! Have a great time!

    • Thanks Diana! I love NYC during the holidays. It’s incredibly. I’d love to start making it an annual trip.

  • Shann Eva

    Nice. Have so much fun in NYC! I’d love to go their around Christmas one year. I also love Crest Whitestrips…they are like magic.

    • Hi Shann! I agree. The whitestrips are JUST like magic haha I love how quickly they work and how easy it is to do it! Instant results are a must.

  • I recently got these as well and have only done it once so far but really loved the results. I’m going to the Nutcracker this weekend too (but in TX) haha. Enjoy your trip in NYC — I have been dying to go during the holidays.

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Hi Jenny! I too have had great results with it. I definitely plan on purchasing them again in the future. They’re amazing! I hope you enjoyed the show! Seeing the Nutcracker in NYC was incredible! I definitely recommend seeing it at some point!

  • Leslie Soto

    have to pick out outfits and pack according to that, which is hard because I always want to take everything. Crest White Strips are always a must! You look fabulous in that dress! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • I too have an issue with wanting to pack everything. It’s horrible haha but I did good with this trip! And I have had amazing results with the Crest Whitestrips! I love them so much.

  • I’m so terrible at packing! I always bring WAY too much stuff. I’ve used crest whitestrips in the past and had great results with them!

    • I’m the same way! This is the first trip I’ve gone on where I actually packed an acceptable amount of clothing haha and I too have had amazing results with the Crest Whitestrips! I definitely plan on purchasing them again!