As we all stay indoors, many of us our itching for our next trip. Whenever that may be, we are sharing the perfect weekend getaway packing list so you can prepare for your next weekend away!
Weekend trips are their own genre of travel as they require a specific packing style that can be pretty difficult to navigate depending on your travel agenda. Striking the fine balance between space and versatility is of the essence when you’ve got limited space to work with. However, when catering to your style and weather needs, striking that balance takes careful calculation and strategy.
Whether you’re headed to a tropical destination or up to snowcapped mountains for a quick weekend wind-down, we’re here to give you the lowdown on the tips you need to pack the ultimate carry-on. With these genius tips, we’ll walk you through the things you need to ensure you’re well prepared and packed for the perfect weekend getaway.
Step 1: Ace your apparel
Whether you’re a self-proclaimed fashion killer or the type to throw any ol’ outfit together, your selection of clothing is the most important part of your packing project. Before diving into your wardrobe and selecting your favorite pieces, be sure to ask yourself the following questions to ensure you’re setting your wardrobe up for success:
- What kind of weather should you anticipate?
- How many days will you need clothing for?
- What activities do you plan on doing?
With these questions in mind, you’ll be able to make smarter decisions about your apparel choices rather than blindly stacking up your jeans, shorts, tees, sweaters, bikinis, and jackets.
Pro-tip: Lay out your looks
With your garments selected, you’re almost ready to fold them up and tuck them away into your carry-on—but before you do, lay out your looks first. Versatility is important, so it pays to make sure that the pieces you pick can easily mix and match with each other. You could even lay an outfit out by day to make sure you have a full look for each day you’re away.
Step 2: Choose your shoes
Shoes are a necessary finishing touch to any ensemble (even for beach days!), so it’s well worth your while to figure out which shoes will be kindest to your soles during your travels. If you’re headed to a busy city that’s walkable or bikeable, supportive sneakers are a smart choice. For a Vegas trip with lots of partying, dancing, and celebrating, heels or dress shoes are suitable. For a trip with a mix of active adventuring and nighttime, flats or boots will suffice.
Whether you opt for a pair of women’s loafers or a cozy pair of men’s sandals, make sure you think long and hard about your footwear choice before zipping up and taking off! The last thing you’ll want to deal with is sore or sweaty feet that end up doing you a disservice and dampening your destination vacation.
Step 3: Harness your hygiene
Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your personal hygiene. Taking your regular regimen on the go is a lot easier than it may initially seem so long as you’re equipped with travel-sized versions of your necessary essentials. Regardless of whether you have an extensive morning or night routine or a simple one, your packing job should include all of your necessary toiletries to keep you feeling fresh every day.
Don’t forget to pack these must-have toiletries:
- Face cleanser
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Body wash
Step 4: Take your tech
Your unique arsenal of tech devices are responsible for keeping you seamlessly connected to your online network of friends, family, and colleagues. Even if you’re leaving your laptop behind to escape the grind of your day job, you’ll likely bring your smartphone or tablet along to keep you connected to the things that matter most to you.
As you wrap up your packing project, make sure you have these tech essentials with you:
- Charger cubes and cables
- External battery pack
- Protective cases and sleeves
Packing may seem like a trivial task that’s as frustrating as it is necessary, but with these four easy steps in mind, you’ll be a packing pro in no time.