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How to Pack for a Weekend Trip

Updated: Aug 12, 2019

Weekend trips are the perfect way to travel without taking a week off of work. In most cases, just a weekend away is enough to reset and recharge.

You can take a short road trip to a local place or hop on a plane and explore a new city. Your options for weekend travel are endless.

Planning a trip can be overwhelming. Between choosing a location and booking flights and hotels, the process isn't always easy. But once you've finished planning your trip you have one more challenge to tackle: packing.

Whether you're going for a week or a weekend, packing can be a huge headache. What if you don't have enough outfits? Or if you forget your medications or passport?

Pack Light

Packing for a weekend trip most likely means smaller luggage. Dragging your largest piece of luggage to your two-night getaway is a little unreasonable. Plus, to maximize your time away, packing in a carry on means that you don't have to check your bag. Forget about spending an extra twenty minutes at the airport waiting for your luggage. Once the plane lands, you're ready to go.

Plan Your Outfits in Advance

While packing in a carry on or weekender is easier when you're running through an airport or packing your car, it requires a little extra packing. Larger luggage is a little more lenient. You can pack as many items as space allows and plan your outfits as you go.

With a smaller bag, you have to be more selective. If you have a general idea of what you'll be doing, you can plan out your outfits in advance. You won't have to worry about throwing together outfits on the spot or missing accessories.

Check the Weather

What if you pack for two days at the beach, but it rains all weekend? Or you anticipate cold weather and only brings sweaters, but it's unseasonably warm that weekend?

Always check the weather before you start packing. This could tell you whether you need to pack a rain jacket or a cardigan. Eliminate any surprises and start your weekend confident and prepared.

Organize Your Toiletries

If you forget clothes or shoes, you can always stop by a store and buy something new. But if you forget items that aren't replaceable, you could ruin your whole weekend.

Make a list of everything you need in advance, especially if you wear contacts or have medications that you need to bring. Writing out a quick checklist and going over it while you pack will ensure that you don't leave anything behind.

Wear Your Bulky Items

Packing in a small bag means that you probably can't fit an extra pair of boots or a jacket. If you wear your larger items while you travel you won't have to worry about packing them. Plan to wear your largest shoes and carry your jacket to save space.

Packing for your weekend trip doesn't have to be stressful. With careful planning, you'll be prepared for your weekend trip.

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