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.
- Tom Bihn Tri-Star
- 2 Tom Bihn Packing Cubes in Small
- Tom Bihn Snake Charmer used as toiletry kit
- Messenger bag
- Make-up 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
- 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
- deodorant + perfume
- nail filer
- contact lens/solution/eye drops
- Mini Chi hair straightener
- Hand sanitizer
- 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
- Asthma inhaler
- Zip-lock bag
- Cell phone charger
- Driver’s license
- e-ticket or airline confirmation
- debit/credit card
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.
There you have it – my weekend in a bag.
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.