How To Pack for A Weekend Away

by pkmcr

What to take? Packing for a weekend away can be a challenge can't it? So how do you pack light and smart for that weekend away and make sure that you have everything you need?

Are you going away for the weekend and are not sure what to take with you? Let's show you how to pack light and smart for a weekend away!

Some people have a harder time deciding what to pack for a weekend trip compared to a longer vacation, since they want to go prepared but do not want to pack too much.

You don't want to pack too much for a two-day getaway, but you do not want to end up coming short on clothes either.

Fortunately, packing for a weekend trip is doable and even pretty easy to do as long as you know what you need to pack and what you need to leave behind.

Know How Much You Are Allowed To Pack!

What and how much you can pack will often be determined by how you travel and the length of your trip. For example, airlines will restrict how much you can carry on to the plane with you.

However, for weekend trips it is easier and more convenient to just go with one carry-on bag since you do not want to lug heavy luggage all the way to your destination.

It is therefore important to know the carry-on limit of your airline. You may be able to carry more than one or two bags if you are travelling by car. If you are commuting by land or sea, however, keeping your luggage light is the way to go.

Prepare The Basics for Your Weekend Away

The first thing you need to do is think about the basics that absolutely need to be with you on your trip.Number one on that list would be a change of clothes. This will be dictated, to some point, by the weather.

For a two or three day trip to somewhere cold, you can pack one sweater and wear another sweater on you to save more luggage space. A change of clothes for each day as well as toiletries, important medications, your passport and wallet often round out the basics that you need for the trip. For a beach getaway, you can pack a lighter set of clothes.

Most summer destinations will be easy to pack for, since you can easily roll up certain pieces of clothing to save more space on your luggage. You can also reuse bathing suits or bring one for each day if you are going on a two or three day trip to the beach.

For summer trips, a hat, sunglasses, sunblock are also important. You can wear your hat and sunglasses on you especially if the trip to the destination is short.

Top Tips For How To Pack For Your Weekend Away

What Should You Pack and How?

There are some things you need to pack to make the trip more enjoyable. An underwater camera or a good book are good examples. Bring one of each. It is also a good idea to use gadgets that you can use for various purposes, for example, an underwater camera for both dry and underwater excursions or a universal charger for all your electronic gadgets.

Use Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are very useful for keeping toiletries in place as well as for storing your used clothes. You can put used swimsuits in these bags and avoid worrying about them mixing with your fresh change of clothes.

Wear One Outfit On You Way To Your Destination and Back

This is a great way to lessen the change of clothes you need to pack. Most people pack according to the number of days of the trip, forgetting that the last day will often be comprised of travelling home.

You can easily wear your first-day outfit on the last day, or even reuse a fairly clean one that you have worn previously. As long as you have a clean change of underwear, no one would notice and you get more room in your luggage for souvenirs and other stuff that you may want to take home.

Place Important Papers In An Accessible Place

Avoid having to rummage through the entire bag for your airline ticket or your money. Use a smaller shoulder or sling bag for your wallet and important documents to make them easier to reach.

Travelling is much more fun if you are not lugging heavy luggage around so pack light but make sure that you have everything you need.

Weekend Travel Bags Make Packing Much Easier

Violett - Weekend Travel Bag L (paisley)

The bag is available in several attractive colors. It is made of high quality synthetic materials. Bag interior is well made with convenient compartments.

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Teens and Women's Overnight, Weekend or Gym 21" Duffle Bag (Polka Dots- Black/White)

This large 21" duffle bag is made from durable polyester fiber with beautiful patterns. Handle drop: 8". Size of Bag: 21" x 11" x 10". Detachable and adjustable handle included....

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Cenzo Duffle Vecchio Brown Italian Leather Weekender Travel Bag

This duffle bag is the 1-3 night weekender. The Cenzo Duffle is made in Italy using Italian Calf-skin leather, smart contrast stitching, and brass hardware. Weight is 4.5 pounds

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Violett - Weekend Travel Bag L (purple)

The bag is available in several attractive colors. It is made of high quality synthetic materials. Bag interior is well made with convenient compartments.

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Saturn Business Carry On Duffel Bag (21x10x10, Black)

This sophisticated professional duffel bag is great for travel, whether you're on a trip for business or pleasure. Sturdy web handles with imitation leather accents make the bag...

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Set of Three Mesh Storage Plastic Bags with Blue Zipper

Set of Three Mesh Storage Plastic Bag...

If You Have Lots Of Items That Will Need Charging

Then Wireless Charging Pads Are Ideal
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Updated: 05/19/2013, pkmcr
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Do You have Any Tips for Our Readers on How To Pack for A Weekend Away?

pkmcr on 06/06/2013

@katiem2 thanks for coming back and letting me know and really hope they find them helpful :-)

katiem2 on 06/06/2013

Had to come back to say, those wireless charging pads are amazing.... told my daughters about them and they are priceless! Great Tip! Thanks :)

kimbesa on 05/30/2013

I'd never thought of some of these. Have to pack with more care than ever these days, with airline travel and all its issues and fees.

pkmcr on 05/22/2013

@Jeannieinabottle do let us know how you go on and here's to your successful packing!

Jeannieinabottle on 05/22/2013

You make it sound so easy! I have never been able to pack so light... ever! I need to try to use this advice.

pkmcr on 05/21/2013

@katiem2 well as they say practice makes perfect :-)

katiem2 on 05/21/2013

Oh my do I ever need to practice this technique.

Mira on 05/19/2013


pkmcr on 05/19/2013

@Mira thanks for reminding me what I use and I have just added one of the best to the page!

Mira on 05/19/2013

Right, I read about those. Thanks for reminding me!!

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