We’re not talking about your relatives, just your actual luggage—and presents. If you’ve shipped gifts already, good for you. Now, before you pack, lay out everything you’re thinking of taking and then remove about a third of it, Dr. Scott suggests.
You don’t want to wrench your back, neck or shoulders carrying an overly heavy bag, or stress out about whether you can hoist it into an overhead compartment. “Think about what you’ll be most comfortable in,” Dr. Scott says, “and get down to a basic wardrobe.”