While shopping malls have been decked out in festive cheer since practically October, the holiday travel season has finally crept up on us. Between office parties and gift shopping, you probably haven't given much thought as to what you're going to pack for that five-day trip home.

Packing is hard enough, and the holidays are an awkward period of time – too short a trip for a big suitcase, but too long for a tiny carry-on. That's where we come in.

We've thought of every possible scenario – reuniting with old friends, both casual and dressed-up family outings, and of course, the dreaded act of actually getting to your destination – and assembled a guide to selecting the perfect holiday outfits. All you have to do is grab a stylish and functional bag and start packing! After you've looked through the slideshow above through, of course.

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