Returning home for the holidays is exciting. You’ll finally be reunited with your family, old friends, and pets. However, since winter break is short, there’s no need to pack too many things — and keeping your packing list light will make transporting everything much easier. At the same time, though, you do want to be comfortable while at home. Bearing both these things in mind, there are a few essentials to add to your list.
1. Plenty of Clothing
Unless you left some clothes back home, you’ll need to pack plenty to avoid needing to wear the same outfits continuously. Bring clothes you can use to lounge around the house, items to wear when out with friends, and workout clothes — to ensure you can stick to your favorite exercise routine while you’re away. You may also like to bring a hoodie featuring your university’s name to show off while in your hometown. Finally, make sure you have plenty of warm clothing and accessories, such as gloves, scarves, waterproof footwear, and thick socks.
2. Personal Care Items
Run through your morning and evening routines in your head to make sure you have all the personal care items you need. You may be able to manage with some products your family members have (such as shampoo and body wash), but make sure you’ll have everything you need to feel comfortable.
Bring all your devices, even if you intend to take a break from studying. You may decide you do want to do some schoolwork after all, especially if you become bored. Besides, you can use your laptop or tablet for many other things as well. Don’t forget to match each of your devices with a charger — otherwise, you’ll need to borrow them or spend money buying new ones.
4. Presents for Friends and Family
Although gifts will take up space in your suitcase, it’s best to purchase at least some before you leave for the holidays. The last thing you want is to be rushing around crowded stores or stressing about deliveries making it to you on time.
Take full advantage of your time off by catching up on some reading. Bring along a few books that have been on your reading list for a while or find some that will help you prepare for your classes next semester (if you’re feeling keen). If you’ll be traveling home by plane or public transport, you can even start reading on the journey.
6. A Travel Mug
With a travel mug, you can always have a hot drink with you during your journey home. Plus, you’ll have something to carry your coffee, tea, or hot chocolate while you’re out and about in your hometown.
If dorms close over the winter break, you’ll have to go home by a certain date — whether you like it or not. You can gain more flexibility by moving into your own apartment. THEO provides UOttawa off-campus housing where you can live year round. As well as having a comfortable apartment, you’ll gain access to some great onsite amenities, such as chill zones, study areas, a gym, and a basketball court. See it all for yourself by paying us an onsite visit.