Surviving the week and getting everything done can be supremely stressful, so kudos to you! If you’ve decided to reward yourself with a weekend trip, I’ve got your back with what to pack.
Whether you plan on traveling solo or with your girlies, read on to find the perfect travel checklist for what to take with you on your weekend trip. I’ve added various scenarios to help you out, so you’ll be prepared for a summer, winter, or beach getaway!
Packing List for a Weekend Trip: The Essentials
While packing for a weekend trip, it’s best not to overpack! I’d look up exactly where I’m going, what the place already has, and the minimal luggage I’ll need to get by. Considering you’ll only be going for a short time, it helps to be specific about what to take.
Of course, it’s crucial to bring the necessities with you. Some items are essential regardless of the destination, season, or activities you’ll be doing.
Many of these “essentials” are personal preferences, so this list is just to give you an idea. Feel free to customize it to your own needs!
Aside from destination-appropriate clothing, here are my top travel essentials for a weekend trip:
- ID & relevant documents
- Phone charger
- Travel pillow
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Razor & shaving cream
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Feminine hygiene products
Cosmetics & Accessories
- Hair ties
- Makeup & makeup remover
Checklist for a Weekend Trip to the Beach
If you’re headed to the beach to soak up some sun, you won’t need to pack much! A couple of swimsuits and some sunscreen will do the trick. Here’s a longer version of what I’d pack in case you want to print it out and check off items as you put them in your suitcase:
- T-Shirts & tank tops
- Swim Cover-ups
- Underwear & bras
- Sandals or flip flops
- Beach bag
Travel Checklist for a Weekend Trip in Summer
Summer makes for the perfect weather to be on the go. It also means lighter clothes like tank tops and camis, which are much easier to pack than bulky winter wear.
So, if you’re packing for a summer weekend trip, here are some of the most important things to take along with you!
- Casual tops and shirts
- Shorts or skirts
- Summer dresses
- Sandals or flip flops
- Walking shoes (like a comfy pair of sneakers)
- Casual purse or backpack
- Undergarments and socks
For a weekend camping trip, be sure also to bring insect repellent to keep those pesky summer bugs away. Or, if you’re planning a night out on the town, throw in a nice dress and a pair of heels too!
Packing List for a Weekend Trip in Winter
Winter wear can be challenging to pack, considering they take up more luggage room. But don’t worry. I’ve included the least amount of stuff you could need for the weekend. With these winter essentials, you’ll be prepared for whatever the cold throws your way!
- Long underwear or nylon tights
- Weather-proof shoes or boots
- Casual purse or backpack
- Light, long-sleeved tops
- Undershirts & undergarments
- Down jacket
- Long-sleeved pajama set
- Jeans or fleece-lined leggings
- Gloves and boot warmers
- Beanies or wool hats
- Warm, thick socks (Merino wool is a great option)
Packing a Backpack for a Weekend Trip
What if you’re going to be backpacking through some neighboring countries, you ask? I’ve got you. If you’re only taking a backpack, here’s what you should pack so that you’ll have everything you need!
Things to Avoid Packing for a Weekend Trip
Overpacking is the worst part of planning for a weekend trip. So, be mindful of everything you decide to pack. Whatever you take should serve a purpose. Avoid packing an item if you feel like you can do without it for two days.
A smart way to go about this is to place everything you think you’ll need on your bed or the floor. Once you’ve got it all, start narrowing down the items until you have just the bare basics left to take with you.
Channel your inner Marie Kondo, and you’ll be good to go!
FAQs for Packing for a Weekend Trip
Still have unanswered questions and concerns about packing for your weekend trip? Read on for more advice, tips, and tricks for packing like a pro for your short trip!
What to Pack All This In?
Now that you know what to take with you on your weekend getaway, you might wonder what to pack everything in! Check out some of these travel luggage options, backpacks, and packing cubes for more ideas.
What to Pack for a Weekend Away With Friends?
Packing for this scenario mostly stays the same from what I’ve mentioned above. Remember that you can coordinate with your friends, though!
Pack comfortable clothing, shoes, toiletries, and a sleeping bag for overnight stays. Remember to take your camera, phone charger, and a small first-aid kit.
Plan your itinerary and pack accordingly. This means swimwear for a beach trip, trekking equipment for a nature expedition, or formal wear for a dressy event. Be prepared for the occasion, and you’ll be all set for a fun weekend trip with friends!
What to Pack for a 2-Day Trip Checklist?
Skim through our lists above to ensure you have everything you need for both days. To pack light, stick to the must-haves and leave the rest.
Remember to pack essentials like clothes, toiletries, and your phone charger. Sunscreen and bug repellent can also be handy, especially for a summer getaway. And of course, don’t forget your credit cards and ID!
Relax and Unwind on Your Weekend Getaway!
That’s all, guys! Follow all these lists and advice, and you’ll be good to go. Being organized will ensure that all other things fall into place on your trip. If you’re looking for a travel planner to stay on top of things, try Pilot!