Confession time: I am a chronic over-packer. I have been known to bring two weeks worth of outfits for a three night stay. Add in the needed footwear, accessories, makeup and hair supplies – and I have found myself fighting with the suitcase’s zipper more times than I can count.
With a few long weekends on the calendar this fall, I’ve been challenging my packing skills and have been revising my approach to preparing for a weekend getaway. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to pack for your trip without bringing your entire closet.
The clothes: When you’re trying to conserve space, it’s important to plan ahead. I typically bring two pairs of jeans as a base and bring some cute tees and tanks to vary the look. My go-to’s are dark wash denim and black skinny jeans, since both are easily dressed up or down.
For daytime sightseeing, my favorite outfit is skinny jeans, a white v-neck top, and a lightweight cardigan that is easy to take on and off. For nighttime, my outfit of choice is a sparkly top and a fitted blazer to pull it all together. For dressier, occasions, a little black dress is a space-saving solution.
The shoes: Efficiently packing shoes is a challenge. If I know I’m going to do a lot of walking, I make sure I have a pair of comfortable flats with me. For night, I bring classic black pumps — again a staple that goes with every outfit. A great trip can be ruined by blisters, so make sure you have band aids with you, too!
The Beauty Supplies: You don’t need your entire arsenal of supplies for a weekend tip; it is a getaway after all. I prefer to limit it to the basics – for me that means concealer, mascara, and lip gloss. It’s always a safe bet to throw a rosy blush or bronzer and a deep red lipstick for a more dramatic nighttime look. Oh and if you have a fresh manicure, include the polish to fix any chips. (A getaway is also a great time to rely on a palette with coordinating eye shadows, blush and lip color all in one sleek compact ~ Tyna)
The outerwear: Though I wish it were warm enough to wear only a tank top at all times, the fall chill has officially set in. For travel purposes, you can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat. It goes with everything, while providing the warmth you need for chillier nights.
The bag: What good is an extensive packing list if you don’t have a solid bag to stash it all? I have been on the hunt for the perfect weekender bag – roomy, lightweight, a few pockets and with comfortable straps – for a while now and think I may have found a winner with the Denim Carry-All from American Apparel. Or make a statement and go vintage, carrying a bag like this World Traveler Carry On (above) available at Etsy.
Above all, planning is key. You plan every detail of your weekend getaway; why not do the same with your outfits? Happy travels!
Readers — what are your travel necessities? What are your best packing tips?
Marissa is a public relations professional by day and jewelry designer and entrepreneur by night. She has an affinity for creativity and inspiring style and loves writing, reading, and being in the sun.