The new holiday struggle

So since we moved to Florida we have been making plans to return to both our homes for the holiday season. My company is super awesome and I am off from now through New Years, so I don’t have to go back until January 4! YAY long holiday and I’m excited to come home after a few days back and just RELAX!


One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the giving of gifts. Don’t get me wrong I love getting them also but I really love taking the time to pick out the perfect gift for those people closest to us. But aye there is the rub! We now have to travel by plane home.

Thankfully, the magic of Amazon Prime I was able to ship a lot of our selected gifts to my mom and I’m pretty sure she even wrapped some of them. However, it is much harder to keep track of what you have bought and what has come in when you never actually see it.

Tonight I’m wrapping the gifts we bought down here and working to figure out exactly how to tetris them into a suitcase to get back to Maryland. I think I’m pretty good to go but I may pack a miscellaneous blanket just to try and cushion the blows of travel.

Anyone done the holiday travel game and have some tips or tricks?

Published by Kim Teter

I am a 35 year old living in Maryland. I'm trying to find a balance between a healthy lifestyle and actually having a life.

2 thoughts on “The new holiday struggle

  1. So I am clearly catching up on posts, but I’ve been doing this for a lot of years now.

    Key thing number one is to keep a list of gifts you’ve bought, in case you are shipping them directly there. My mom and I have a deal where any boxes that arrive at their house addressed to me get put up in the guest room til I get home, and she saves me some wrapping paper.

    Key thing number two is that I try to always fly Southwest so I can take two bags, then I take my biggest suitcases. Last year, I just gave up and shipped myself a box via UPS. It was just easier.

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