Weekend Packing List

How do I Pack for a Weekend Trip?



If you’re traveling for 1-4 days, this packing guide is for you. Follow these tips to make packing for weekend travel a breeze. Click on each of the below items to learn more about each one.



Step 1


Funny enough, packing for a weekend you might find yourself packing the same amount of items as packing for one week. Weekend trips tend to be short, activity packed treats as a nice break away from work.

First, you’ll need to use this key concept to help you pack strategically, efficiently, and even stylishly: a capsule travel wardrobe. Take a look at TFG’s Signature Packing Lists for four unique travel wardrobe suggestions and if you need more help understanding how to mix and match, colors, styling, and essential clothing items, read Pack Light Stylishly  which will introduce you to the basics.

Step 2


Once you understand the idea of creating a strategic travel wardrobe, review our packing lists directory to get an idea about what type of clothing you need in specific destinations. If you don’t see your destination listed, post a question onTFG’s Facebook Page or search our tips by continent.

Review TFG’s 6 piece Minimalista and 10 piece Travel Essentials Packing Lists which you can customize to meet your needs. Read this post for details about how to use them.

Step 3


Think you need to pack your entire closet? Take a look at how to create 3 weeks worth of travel outfits with less than 10 pieces of clothing. For more travel outfit ideas including what to wear on flights, visit TFG’s Pinterest Page.

If it’s your first time traveling, have a complicated itinerary, or you’re a chronic overpacker review this packing course which shows you specific techniques to plan for an efficient and highly functional travel wardrobe for any trip.

Step 4


Choose versatile shoes that match all your clothing and pack no more than 2-4 pairs. In fact, most travelers agree that three is the magic number and for a weekend trip you may even get away with one or two! Read this 10 step guide to packing the best travel shoes for any trip.

Don’t overpack shoes and always prioritize comfort over fashion. Yes, you read correctly. With shoes, comfort beats fashion because if your feet start hurting, you can say goodbye to enjoying the rest of your trip.

Browse our top travel shoe suggestions based on the footwear most recommended by TFG’s readers.

Step 5


If you haven’t already purchased your luggage, take a look at the top recommendations for:

Read about how to choose luggage and the best travel backpack.

Step 6


One of the most important aspects about packing efficiently is using travel organizers. Watch this packing video to learn how to use packing cubes to maximize space and ensure everything fits into one bag every time.

These are the top 12 reasons why I prefer packing cubes to other organizers.

Step 7


For useful tips such as downsizing toiletries and choosing the best travel makeup, visit our Travel Beauty section.

Step 8


Don’t forget to do your research! Determine what activities you will do on your trip to help you pack only the clothing you will use.

It’s also important to check the weather forecast for your destination on weather.com or bbc.com/weather several weeks and days before your trip.

If you’re traveling during Spring or Autumn or will experience variable temperatures on your weekend trip, check out the easy packing solution for trips with both cold and hot climates and plan to layer your clothing as needed.

Step 10


Sign up for Travel Fashion Girl’s monthly newsletter and get instant access to free packing templates, downloadable checklists, ebooks, and more!


For more help, read our getting started page and…


 Join our Facebook group to ask packing questions.

 Also, read our Facebook page to find answers to similar questions. Don’t forget to “like” the page!

 Lastly, for additional visual inspiration, check out our Pinterest page and various clothing ideas.

 For ideas on where to shop, check out our best online shopping sites.


Happy travels!


Editor of Travel Fashion Girl




Did you find this article helpful? Please share your own tips or feedback in the comments below! Don’t forget to share this guide with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Thanks for reading!