Who wants to be lugging around heavy luggage at the airport or train station? Nobody. To avoid this situation when you’re planning a weekend away — whether it’s just a staycation in your own town or you’re crossing country borders — pack light. But, what does that look like in reality? The key to packing for a shorter trip is to focus on the flexibility of what you’re bringing. Think about clothing, accessories, or bags and their ability to transition from day to night.
Here are some tips for making the most of your next weekend getaway:
1. Versatile footwear
Ideally, you won’t bring more than just a couple of pairs of shoes to get you through your trip. For example, some slip-on sneakers are a great option that work for a variety of different activities. If you’re not the planning type, choosing one pair of shoes to bring helps eliminate decision fatigue so you can focus on having fun. Plus, it saves space in your bag.
2. Bags within bags
Plan out your outfits beforehand so you never have to spend time deciding on a look for the day. Then, once you’ve got your attire picked out, use a packing cube to compress everything down. Keep your outfits in a separate bag for each day.
3. Snacks for on-the-go
If you don’t want to overspend on airport food and make multiple stops for food, bring your own snacks! Larabars or GoMacro Bars offer a little sweetness and protein to keep you going strong.
4. Leather jacket
Always a little chilly? A leather jacket is a chic accompaniment to any outfit. Pair it with a white tee and loose jeans for a casual look. Or, dress up a going-out outfit with this devil-may-care layer. It’s perfect for either day or night.
So, what are you waiting for? Channel your own James Dean and live on the dark side. Even if it’s just for the weekend.
5. A weekender bag
As much as it’s tempting to rely on that ripped duffel bag once again, why not level up your weekender status with a nice bag that will actually last you through multiple trips? Herschel bags are the perfect bag for any length of travel. Not your style? Instead, opt for a Kate Spade bag or a simple travel backpack.
It’s important to keep your toiletries minimal. Why? At the end of the day, if you forget a toothbrush or moisturizer – it’s not the end of the world. You can easily replace those through the hotel you stay at or a quick run to a pharmacy will also do the trick.
7. Portable charger
If you’re planning to be out of the hotel room or Airbnb all day, make sure to have a portable charger to save you from being without a phone during the day. Especially if you’re planning on going out at night and need a Lyft or Uber later, your phone is going to be important to have.
8. Copies of important papers
Even if you’re just going on a weekend, always get copies of all important documents. Passports, IDs, plane tickets, train tickets, event tickets – always have a backup copy, just in case. There are plenty of scanning apps like Genius Scan and ScanBot that make making digital copies very easy. Peace of mind, after all, is priceless.
If you take a prescription medicine (or maybe just vitamin C gummies), don’t forget to bring those with you. An organized pill box prevents you from having to bring entire bottles of medicine with you on your trip.
Of course, this depends on the season you’re traveling. But, you might want to bring a swimsuit regardless of when you travel in case your hotel has a heated pool.
11. Workout gear
If you’re the type that likes to stay fit on vacation or if you like to start your day off with a run, pack in some workout gear. Most athletic clothes can be easily packed away so you won’t have to worry about added weight or bulk. Even though it’s a vacation, you can still exercise if you need that pump to get you stoked for the rest of the day’s activities.
If you are packing for a weekend trip away, keep your luggage light and pare down to the holiday essentials. You don’t want to be bogged down by too much stuff to keep track of while you’re moving around and trying to explore a new place. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be ready for an amazing getaway!