How to Pack for Your Holiday Vacay with Fewer Than 20 Pieces (Including Accessories and Luggage!)

How to Pack for Your Holiday Vacay with Fewer Than 20 Pieces (Including Accessories and Luggage!)
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Going home for the holidays can be stressful—especially when it comes time to figure out what to pack. You have so much to bring home with you and oftentimes, so little room (hello, presents!). Because we want your holiday travels to be as seamless as can be, we tapped InStyle's senior market editor/digital correspondent Dana Avidan Cohn for her best tips and tricks on how to pack for a trip back home. Her solution? Items that you can wear more than once in different ways. Read on for her travel check list.

The Checklist
1. A crisp button-front shirt
2. Wear-anywhere skinny jeans
3. Simple wireless headphones
4. A coat that works for day and night
5. A not-so-basic suitcase
6. Slide-on sneakers
7. A cozy cream sweater
8. The classic black moto jacket
9. The perfect little black skirt
10. Boots with a low heel
11. Bracelets to layer
12. A pair of timeless sunglasses
13. A gauzy cashmere scarf
14. A fine knit cashmere sweater
15. A black dress in a textured fabric or leather
16. A cross-body bag that you can carry as a clutch
17. Rings to layer

Shirt: Frame Denim, $178,
Jeans: Frame Denim, $285,
Headphones: Beats by Dre, $200,
Coat: COS, $275,
Suitcase: Bric's Bellagio, $525,
Sneakers: Joie, $147,

Sweater: Topshop, $84,
Moto Jacket: Whistles, $610,
Skirt: Theory, $245,
Booties: Rachel Comey, $425,
Bracelets: Vita Fede $240 ( and $375 (
Sunglasses: Illesteva, $180,

Sweater: Topshop, $84,
Jeans: Frame Denim, $285,
Cashmere Scarf: Chan Luu, $245,
Moto Jacket: Whistles, $610,
Cashmere Sweater, $188,
Sneakers: Joie, $147,

Coat: COS, $275,
Dress: Zara, $80,
Crossbody Bag: A.L.C,
Rings: Jennifer Zeuner Jewelry (right), $253,; Elizabeth and James (left), $150,

Dana's Other Travel Must-Haves: Chic & Durable Leather Goods

"This Smythson organizer ($385, holds everything and replaces a wallet for travel, so all documents, cards, and cash can be in one place," Avidan Cohn says. "I also recently discovered this brand Cuyana and the quality of real leather at this price is unmatched—you can even have them monogrammed! I love their travel case set ($95, for my beauty products—they are lined in case something spills—and this is the perfect size tote ($150, for travel.

For more from Dana, check out her weekly #HowToWearIt column where she breaks down how to work the latest trends into your wardrobe. Plus, if you have a burning style question, tweet at Dana (@InStyleDana) using #AskDana for instant advice.

Inspiration at top: Cameron Diaz in The Holiday

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