Holiday packing tips

Get your weekend packing right and the rest will follow…

Weekend Packing

It’s a hassle to get ready for a weekend away.

If you pack too much, you’ll have a lot of baggage to haul about, and if you pack too little, you’ll have to go out and purchase stuff you forgot you had at home.

Never before had I imagined that traveling would be such a challenge.

I’ve worked as a travel journalist for many years in the past, and I’ve always had a little obsession with seeing the world.

While that’s great for me, why is it important to you? Because I’ve done a lot of traveling, and traveling means packing a lot.

To be honest, mastering the packing game has necessitated a lot of practice.

A lot of times, I packed incorrectly and wound up paying extra to check in luggage that was too big to carry on. I’ve also forgotten fundamental weekend trip requirements like phone chargers.

It’s annoying and takes attention away from the main event, which is your weekend away.

This led me to say ‘No More’ one day when I sat down at my desk.

There will be no more garbage collection. When it came to packing for a weekend vacation, I devised a strategy that worked every time. And now, I’m going to share it with you, my friends.

What Should You Bring for a Weekend Away?

For weekend excursions, I’ve included insider packing tips and tactics, as well as a weekend packing list and a few modifications for various sorts of vacations.

The Essential Weekend Getaway Packing List

When it comes to preparing for a weekend getaway, I always advocate traveling with just your carry-on luggage.

Take-on luggage is recommended for short trips for the following reasons. There are several causes for this, but the two most important are as follows:

By not using hold baggage, you save money.

It eliminates the possibility of your baggage being lost by the airline, costing you time and money.

When luggage goes missing or is delayed, it’s a huge hassle. If you have to spend time on your short vacation trying to track down your luggage, it’s not worth it.

What about this as an example?

I travelled to Barcelona for the Benicassim Festival in my work attire for a quick weekend getaway.

Because my baggage was misplaced by the airline, I was forced to get up at 8 a.m. the first morning and dash across town in a frenzied flurry to recover everything before I missed my train to the festival grounds.

When confronted with the prospect of having to attend a festival while looking like a total fool, it turns out that I am really mobile and adept at shopping.

Anyway. The cost of flying with just a carry-on bag is usually less than checking a bag. This means you may put your money toward more worthwhile endeavors, such as having a good time while on vacation.

Containers for packing

Packing cubes, that’s what I’m talking about.

Before utilizing them, I had no idea what I was doing. They’re useful for keeping your baggage organized.

To make packing for weekend travels easier, I make a cube for each day of the trip and keep it in my carry-on. That way, in the mornings, I don’t have to dig through my bag for a clean pair of socks.

The fact that packing cubes takes up less room in my bag is an added bonus.

I pack my things in packing cubes since they’re convenient and help reduce the volume of your clothing.

See what’s in your hotel room before you book it

Even though I’m obsessed with packing light for weekend trips, if I’m going to be at a hotel, I try to find out what’s already in the room to save myself the trouble of having to bring more of the same stuff.

Many hotels give essentials, such as toothbrushes, cotton pads, and shower caps, but others go a step further by including items like sun cream, bug repellant, and after-sun lotion as well.

If you don’t double-check ahead of time, you can find yourself carrying such items around for no apparent purpose.

Pack clothes for the day and the night

When it comes to traveling light, strategic packing is key.

Pack clothing that can be worn from day to night to avoid bringing an extra set of clothes for the nights.

See if There’s a Storm Coming

Don’t let the weather throw you into a loop.

Before you start packing, check the weather prediction to be sure you’re bringing the right clothes.

Here’s a Quick Guide to Weekend Travel Packing:

  • Headphones
  • Battery pack for phone
  • Passport and other travel documents
  • Carry on sized travel suitcase or backpack 
  • Kindle or books
  • Three sets of underwear
  • Microfiber travel towel
  • One dress
  • One pair of jeans or chinos
  • A pair of comfortable shoes
  • Two tops
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Travel-sized toiletries
  • Nightclothes
  • Day bag
  • Packing cubes
  • Cash and wallet 
  • Camera

Weekend Trip Essentials for Different Types of Trips

While the items on the list above cover the fundamentals and are appropriate for the majority of conventional weekend getaways, don’t forget to include these items in your packing list if you’re going somewhere special.

What to Bring to the Beach for a Long Weekend

If you’re planning on spending the weekend at the beach, packing isn’t a problem since you may carry just a little amount of lightweight clothing.

Adapt the following list, but don’t forget to pack:

  • Beach towel 
  • Bathing suit or bikini
  • Sun cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Flip Flops

During the holiday season

Preparing for a short winter getaway may be challenging since winter clothing is bulkier and takes up more room in your carry on suitcase.

You’ll be much more comfortable if you bring your heaviest clothing onboard the aircraft, such as a coat and a sweater (remove them as you board the plane otherwise you’ll be much too hot).

Also, carry just a few things that go well together and may be worn throughout the day and at night.

  • Warm winter coat 
  • Gloves
  • Woolly scarf
  • Thick socks

When You Want a Romantic Getaway

The only romantic thing I do these days is slip on a fresh pair of jeans.

For those who are more motivated than I am (and let’s face it, this is not difficult), you may also consider stepping up your fashion game and putting in:

  • Cute lingerie
  • Sex toys
  • Jewelry
  • High heels
  • Perfume

Is There Anything Else You Want to Know?

That covers the most of the bases, in my opinion. All that’s left to be said is, “Go for it!” Have a great time, and safe travels!

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