My weekend getaway packing list

6 weekend getaways in 6 months, I have finally got it down!

I rarely brag about anything, but I am pretty awesome when it comes to packing. It was especially easy when we were traveling for an entire year living out of a carry-on size backpack. But when it came to the weekend trip, for some reason, packing is a bit of a challenge for me. At least for one entire year, I never had to worry about what I’m wearing because I would cycle the same four t-shirts over and over. With a weekend, it’s like you need an outfit for every day – one for the day and another for night. Wouldn’t want to be caught wearing the same shirt twice, right?

Since being home, I have packed for a weekend in Sonoma and Southern California with a few to Las Vegas in between. I pretty much have my weekend essentials that I rarely change from trip to trip. A few minor tweaks depending on location, but overall, it’s a solid weekend getaway packing list.



Can I tell you how happy I am Gerard won our Tom Bihn Tri-Star luggage in a contest a while back?! It has become my go-to luggage for all weekend trips. It’s my smedium size luggage that has all the compartments to fit my OCD packing habits. I like to wear it as a backpack. Did I mention it’s carry-on size too? It’s literally the perfect weekender bag.




  • 1 LBD, little black dress or a sundress that can be worn for day or night
  • 1 light sweater
  • 1 t-shirt or tank top
  • 1 cute and flirty top
  • 1 dressy top to be worn for day or night, great with a pair of dark denim for evening out
  • 2 bras


  • 1 denim
  • 1 everyday casual pants
  • 1 pajama
  • 1 pair of socks
  • 3 underwears



Nude is the new black! I am convinced nude shoes are the most versatile of shoes, it goes with everything and everywhere. Plus, you can wear the color for day or night. It pairs perfectly with skinny denim and a tank top as well as your LBD for a night on the town. And choose a wedge, they’re cute and way more comfortable than heels.

  • 1 pair of nude wedges
  • 1 pair of cute sandals
  • 1 pair of comfortable flats – I pack my Toms everywhere


  • 1 sunglasses
  • hair ties/bobby pins
  • jewelry – earrings, watch, ring


  • toothbrush/toothpaste/floss
  • face wash
  • L’Oreal Active Daily Moisture Lotion with SPF15
  • Jergens’ Aloe Fresh lotion
  • chapstick with SPF15
  • Moroccan argan oil shampoo + conditioner
  • body wash + loofah
  • q-tips
  • deodorant + perfume
  • nail filer
  • brush/comb
  • contact lens/solution/eye drops
  • Mini Chi hair straightener
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissue


  • 5×7 make-up bag
  • bareMinerals SPF 15 matte foundation/ mineral veil with SPF 25/ laughter blush
  • benefit’s play sticks in jump rope
  • eye primer/ eyeshadow quad/ eyeliner/ mascara/ curler
  • lipgloss


  • Asthma inhaler
  • Advil
  • Anti-allergy
  • Multi-vitamin
  • Tums


  • Zip-lock bag
  • Band-Aid
  • Gum
  • Kindle
  • iPod
  • Cell phone charger


  • Driver’s license
  • e-ticket or airline confirmation
  • debit/credit card
  • cash
  • pen

It’s good to note everything I listed in Accessories, Toiletry, Medicine and Miscellaneous – all fits neatly into the Tom Bihn’s Snake Charmer. The Snake Charmer is actually meant for power supply, cords and other small electronics. I don’t use it for this. Instead, I think it’s a great toiletry kit.

For the typical Las Vegas Bachelorette weekend, I would ditch the tamed LBD for 2 Vegas-appropriate “slutty” dresses + 1 romper, great for day time pool parties. Ditch the light sweater, denim, and closed-toe flats for these: foldable flats (Girls, you know why. And don’t even tell me you bare foot it from the club back to the hotel.. that’s just gross!), evening purse/clutch, 1 short, 2 fun and flirty tank tops and 1 bikini


And here’s how it all looks neatly packed in my Tom Bihn – pants and light sweater on one side, dress and tops in 1 small packing cube, bras and undies in the other small packing cube. Shoes, toiletry and miscellaneous stored in the middle compartment.

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There you have it – my weekend in a bag.

Photo Aug 16, 9 37 36 PM-2

What’s your weekender essential you can’t travel without?


Psst.. Tom Bihn graciously provided me accessories to go with my Tri-Star. As always, all opinions are my own.


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27 Responses to My weekend getaway packing list

  1. Andi Perullo September 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I am so impressed!!! What cute clothes!

  2. BakoymaTravels September 4, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    “I would ditch the tamed LBD for 2 Vegas-appropriate “slutty” dresses”, Haha, Kieu, I love your blog posts! I’m well impressed with your packing skills, I polish up my “less is more”-motto every time I pack… Sometimes with more success than other times :-P

    My essential, I would say, is my light pink/white-ish shawl. It’s not a known brand, but my cousin bought it for me in Spain 5 years ago and it’s perfect for everything, not too big, not too small, not to warm, but not to thin so I get cold. Good for every season except winter.

    Thanks for sharing, Kieu!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm #

      Hahaha.. you totally know what I mean with the shift in attire for Las Vegas. :P And I totally understand you with your shawl. One of my favorite accessory for any outfit is a light summer Indian scarf I picked up in India.. :D

  3. Katie September 4, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    Love me some Tom Bihn products!!

  4. Pola September 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    I like seeing all those pairs of shoes there!! :) And the weekender bag looks really cool, perfect size.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 4, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

      LOL thanks Pola. You should definitely check out the bag – great size and stylish too!

  5. TammyOnTheMove September 4, 2013 at 9:27 pm #

    Ha ha, three pairs of shoes for a weekend? Otherwise impressive. I can never pack so little.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm #

      Can you believe that?! I’m good with clothes but terrible when it comes to scaling down on shoes. hahaha

  6. Rika at Cubicle Throwdown September 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    I am slowly but surely ditching the “everything but the kitchen sink” packing… I recently did a weekend trip for a family reunion and used only my Dakine backpack – it’s a school backpack! I was so proud :)

  7. Lazy Travelers September 6, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    i know we’ve bonded over this before, but seriously? PACKING CUBES. how did i live without them before? also, love the weekender bag–definitely something i’m in need of now that we’ve moved.

  8. The World Wanderer September 7, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Great weekend getaway packing list! I’ll be packing this weekend for Seattle, so I’ll have to compare my list to this one. I’m actually an expert at carry-on packing now, which is so exciting. Makes life easier, though I find it harder to pack for a weekend away than a few weeks, haha.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Ohhh.. I would love to see your list! It’s always good to do a comparison. Mine could probably use a little fine tuning but it’s been good so far.

  9. Audrey September 7, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Packing cubes are a life saver! I’ve also found that laundry bags do the trick if you get them in different sizes. ;)

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 9, 2013 at 9:32 pm #

      Oh I forgot about my laundry bag. It was actually an essential for us when we were traveling long-term. :)

  10. lola September 8, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    i have yet to try these packing cubes! hmmm…i’m so NOT a pro. weekend travel essential i cannot live without…definitely a cute dress i’d say.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 9, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Seriously.. I’ve seen how you pack. You need packing cubes, woman! lol

  11. Traveling Ted September 8, 2013 at 7:25 am #

    It is always good to have a list to refer back to in order to make sure nothing is forgotten. I love the handy little bags.

  12. Francesca September 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    Wow, you really took great care in compiling this list! I struggle with packing for just a weekend trip, too. And I agree about the nude-color shoes! I’ve been looking for a cute/comfortable pair for a while now.

    • Kieu - GQ trippin September 9, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

      I’m looking into some Tom wedges.. they look cute on others and quite comfy from a distance. lol.

  13. Eileen of The Super Tourists September 29, 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I used to have a packing list similar to this that doesn’t even get out of my bag anymore. But lately, the past couple of years, I’ve been doing a lot more traveling with my little one, so I’ve had to upgrade our pack from a 40-liter carry on to a 60-liter pack and then have a totally different set for my own travels with friends and work.

    gotta get this packing thing down pat since I see myself close to being this OC on packing

    • Kieu - GQ trippin January 23, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      I can’t imagine packing for the little ones, I can barely managed my own list. Haha

  14. gummy January 18, 2014 at 9:15 pm #

    i was copying this list & the only thing u forgot was a razor/hair removal stuff.. girl gotta shave!

    • Kieu - GQ trippin January 23, 2014 at 9:32 pm #

      Oh good call! A girl definitely needs smooth legs, LOL. I usually try and shave right before I leave for a weekend getaway to avoid having to pack them but prob should add to the list as Optional. :) Thanks for dropping by and happy packing!


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