How to Pack the Essentials for a Weekend Trip

Previously I covered how to pack efficiently.  Now, here’s how to pack for a weekend trip!

With a busy schedule, it can be difficult to travel for long periods of time.  But sometimes a weekend trip can be just as exciting as an extended vacation.  Whether you spend a month planning or spontaneously leave on a Friday night, here are the essentials for a weekend trip.

Clothing:  When deciding what to wear, I start from the layers closest to my body and build outwards.  This method helps me to visualize what each outfit will look like.

Base Layers: Socks/tights, underwear, undershirts/camis, thermals, PJs

Tops: two shirts, one sweater, one jacket, one dress if applicable

Bottoms: 1-2 pairs pants or leggings or shorts, 1-2 pairs shoes

Accessories: 1 scarf (if applicable), jewelery, 1 purse/bag in addition to suitcase

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, lotion/sunscreen, make-up, shaving items, shampoo/conditioner, soap, etc.

These are only the basics and different locations/events may call for additional items.  But this list can get you started on a weekend of fun!


Hi, I'm Heather! By age 17, I had visited all seven continents and fully developed an obsession with traveling. I feel most alive when I'm learning about other countries and cultures, meeting locals, and discovering beautiful places. My goal of this site is to help you get the most out of your adventures!

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