10 STEPS TO PACKING FOR A WEEKEND BREAK
To help simplify the packing process, we’ve created this 10 step packing guide for a weekend break. Make this your first stop
when planning your next trip. And don’t forget to download your free packing checklist!
How do I Pack for a Weekend Trip?
This is a common packing question and we can help you by breaking it down in the following steps. Follow these 10 steps to learn how!
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you haven’t already purchased your luggage, take a look at the top recommendations for:
- Carry-on Suitcases
- Weekender Bags for Every Budget
- Luxe Weekender Bag Options for Spring and Summer
- Toiletry Bags
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.
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.
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.
Take a look at these posts for our top packing tips:
- The Best Travel Pants for Women
- Why Travel with a Carry-on Bag instead of a Regular Size Suitcase
- Airport Survival Guide
- How to Keep your Passport Safe While Traveling
- Top 5 Packing Tips for Vacation
- 10 Step Guide to Avoid Overpacking
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