Packing for Weekend and Short Trips
I just wrote a post about how I went from packing 4 bags (2 large checked luggages, 1 carry on, and a backpack) on one of my first trips abroad to paring down to only a carry on and a purse for the rest of my travels. This method of packing works for me when I am visiting cities for 2 weeks or 2 months.
I don’t often travel internationally – usually only once or twice a year. However, I do many weekend trips. For me, weekend tips encompass trips downtown to see BF, or trips back to my parents’ place, visiting my sisters at their university campus, or even a weekend trip south of the border (hello, USA!). I was also inspired by Miss Minimalist’s post on her Extreme Light Travel.
In this post, I will talk about how I pack for these weekend trips. Depending on where the weekend is being spent, I may use a backpack (USA) or a purse (BF’s or sister’s place).
If I am going south of the border, I would be walking around more, and a purse holding everything would not be very comfortable for my shoulder. Especially if we check out of the hotel early to wander around the rest of the day. When I go to my sister’s place, I can usually empty out my stuff if we head out for the day.
When I first started dating BF, I hated bringing a lot of stuff with me when I visited. Partly because I didn’t want him to think I was high maintenance, but mainly because I was lazy and hated lugging so much stuff with me.
The things I pack in my backpack or purse is pretty similar. When I am traveling south of the border, I do pack a set of pajamas which I skip when I stay at BF’s or my sisters’. I do re-use clothes, and that might not work for everyone, but it works for me.
- 2 underwear and/or socks in a ziploc bag
- 1 set of pajama’s (sometimes)
- 1 shirt
- 1 hat (sometimes – USA)
I am usually wearing the same pants and sweater (or cardigan) over the weekend. No biggie for me, as long as I am not playing basketball in them. I wear the same pair of shoes, so they are usually comfy runners or my Clark’s Artisan sandals.
- Quick-dry travel towel (sometimes)
- Makeup bag: pressed powder, blush, eye liner, eye shadow (sometimes)
- Fold-up brush or comb
- Contact lens case topped with solution
- A travel sized package of face wipe (sometimes)
- Moisturizer packed in sample containers I re-use (sometimes)
- Travel sized toothpaste (if needed)
- Eyeglasses case
- Sunglasses and case
- Lip balm
- Hair tie
I don’t pack shampoo, conditioner, soaps, cleansers with me on these trips.
- Cellphone (fully charged)
- Ipod shuffle (sometimes)
- Digital camera (sometimes)
- Small wallet: credit cards (VISA and Mastercard), bank card, driver’s license, cash
- Reading book (sometimes)
- Small notebook
- Small water bottle (sometimes)
- Snacks 🙂
These is more of a master list of everything that I may bring on a weekend trip. As you can see, I need to pack more for south of the border, but I usually don’t bring the entire list.
These are pictures of my packing for this week’s weekend trip for Mother’s Day*.
I packed my book, cell phone, my leather camera case (I’m using the camera :P), glasses case, make up bag, a change of under garments and socks, iPod shuffle, re-usable bag, and two gel packs (for my sister to try for our half marathon next weekend!).
They all fit into this bag 🙂 that I got over Christmas. It’s a medium size, and I love it!
Note*: When I didn’t have a car and had to take public transportation (back in university and when I first started working), that’s when packing light really helped me. Now, I am a more lenient since I can also bring “luxurious” items with me, such as my laptop when I go home for the weekend, but I try to still keep it simple 🙂