Two months ago I headed off to Mexico for a bachelorette party and I asked you all in a poll if you’d be interested in me doing a post all about packing tips, and your response was 100% yes. Sorry it’s taken me this long, but hey, its here just in time for all of your summer trips.
I used to be a notorious over packer. I could easily fill up a large suitcase with clothes and shoes for a short weekend trip and still not be satisfied with anything I brought. Not to mention my suitcase would be a disaster, which would then spill over to my hotel room, it was a total mess.
I don’t know what triggered me to change the way I packed. Maybe after many years of packing like a jack ass finally got to me, or maybe my wardrobe became easier to work with. Either way, here is my tips on packing for a short weekend trip. I shouldn’t have to say this, but start with checking the weather before you even start packing.
- Never check your suitcase for a weekend trip. Unless you really like waiting around for your bags.
- I always plan two outfits per day regardless of length of trip, a daytime outfit and evening outfit + and a travel home outfit. It doesn’t mean you’ll use both, but this will give you options. More often than not, I come home with a few clean pieces.
- For short weekend trips, I allow three pairs of shoes (and any specialty shoe. This trip required water shoes). Wear one on the plane (usually my comfort shoe), a flat shoe, and an evening shoe. . For this trip; I wore white sneakers on the plane and packed a pair of slides and a denim sandal with wooden block heel.
- Always bring a cute light weight jacket, even if your are traveling somewhere warm. I like to bring something that will work with the items I packed for the weekend. For a beach getaway, a denim or anorak jacket is always a good option. You never know if your hotel will be cold or you get an off weather day.
- Know what is on the agenda. Find out if there are any pre booked or pre decided activities you need to pack for. This will help you a lot. ~This particular trip the only hard thing on the Agenda was an outdoor water excursion which required a specific type of shoe and outfit.
I thought it would be helpful to give you our itinerary and how I packed for each day. Remember this particular trip we went to Mexico, so you could follow this for any warm weather location.
Friday: AM Flight / Check in / Dinner at hotel
AM: Travel outfit, comfort shoes (white sneakers) and light jacket PM: Summer dress for dinner, evening shoe or slide
Saturday: 10am water excursion / Dinner at hotel
AM: Athletic one piece swimsuit, high waisted shorts, water shoes PM: Summer dress or romper/jumpsuit, evening shoe or slide
Sunday: AM beach/pool or local shopping / Dinner @ hotel
AM: Beach swimsuit, cover up and possible shopping outfit. I packed a one piece swim suit, a beach coverup, high waisted shorts (I used the same ones I wore to our excursion), and a top that would work over my swimsuit incase I wanted to go shopping. PM: Summer dress or romper/jumpsuit, evening shoe or slide
Monday AM: travel home- something comfortable like, joggers, t-shirt and white sneakers)
** Bonus items
two light weight lounge outfits- cotton shorts & t-shirt and jersey midi dress. These served well for running down to the buffet for breakfast.
Sleep wear for the weekend. I personally sleep in boy shorts and bralette, so that is easy for me, but I always pack a light weight jersey robe.
For a short weekend trips, don’t under estimate the power of one stop shop pieces like, dresses, rompers and jumpsuits. I know this sounds boring, but I make sure they are fun pieces. Each piece will have something special about it like, ruffles, asymmetrical cut, unique hemlines, just something to not make wearing dresses and rompers all weekend long so boring.
Have fun with your accessories. They are an easy way to spruce up even a boring dress/romper. Think, belts, neck scarfs, a hat (that travels well) You can pack enough accessories.
I get there will be trips when you absolutely have nothing planned or anything on the books, but surely you have an idea of the types of things you want to do when you arrive. Like, is there a land mark you want to see, Do you want to shop, are you planing on any physical activities, like a bike ride, or a hike? Knowing what you have in mind will help you eliminate any “just in case” pieces.
I personally find it really helpful to break my trip up by day and actually plan out outfits. I think it sounds less stressful to say I need 6 outfits, vs approaching it by telling myself I need 4 days worth of clothes. It also helps me to COMMIT (yes commit) to actual outfits vs. packing a bunch pieces that could go together. It makes getting dressed in a hotel room much more pleasurable because you don’t have to worry about what to wear, your options are there for you, just pick the right one for the occasion.
I hope this helps stream line your packing. We leave for italy in exactly one month so it’ll be interesting to se how well I can pack for an international trip with multiple stops, but I plan on using the same approach. Would you like me to share once we have our full itinerary?