So you are getting ready to pack for that fun weekend trip you had planned, but you are at a loss? I get it, sometimes shorter vacations are harder to pack for because it forces you to zone in on what you are going to do while you are away and only bring the items that you may need. So whether it be a fun weekend vacation, a short get-a-way, or a business trip, I'm here to help you own packing for it, and also get you prepped so your next short time will be a breeze to pack for!
Let's start with the basics!
First, you need to zone in on your trip. There are a few factors that really matter to the packing process, let's walk through those first! Are you flying or driving? Are you going to a warmer climate or colder climate? Is this trip for pleasure or business? Are you staying a night or a few days? Once you are able to answer these questions, it will be much easier for you to start your packing process.
Obviously, you will need to adjust items slightly depending on what your itinerary looks likes and how you answered the basic questions above, but the basic tips and tricks will work great for
any short trip!
So let me mention here, I am focusing on a short trips because packing for longer trips does take more time and effort. Not only is there more things to pack, but you have different priorities since you will be living out of a small rolling box for a few weeks or months. Not saying these tips won't help for that too, but it definitely works much easier and better for shorter/weekend trips.
This is my adorable suitcase!! :D
First, let's work on the prep to packing! If you are driving or flying makes a huge difference! When I fly, I always check with the airlines that I am flying with to see what their luggage size and weight restrictions are, also make sure you don't have to pay extra for your carry-on bags or checked bags. Some airlines even charge more for carry-on bags because they want to preserve their on-board storage space. Take all of the factors into consideration before you select what suitcase you plan to pack with!
This is basically my list:
This method is great for frequent weekend travels or business travels that find out last minute they need to be traveling tomorrow (happens to me sometimes, so I get it). It makes packing so much quicker and you don't feel like you are interrupting your daily routine by packing up stuff you are also trying to use.
** Some people prefer rolling their clothes because it is said to take up less space. Personally, I think it depends on what you are packing and what type of luggage you have, but overall I think it tends to save space. **
Now that you have all of the basics set aside and ready to go, the next step to to start to pack all of the other items! The easiest thing is to make piles. Sounds very simple, I know, but trust me it is extremely helpful! Start by making piles of types of clothes; shorts, jeans, t-shirts, cute shirts, dresses, shoes (by type), etc. Once you have all of the different types of clothes that you need, obviously depending on what you will need for your trip, warmer climates - don't forget your bathing suit and towel, colder climates - don't forget gloves and a wool socks, business trips -don't forget jewelry (I always seem to forget jewelry on my business trips). So now you can easily take a look at your piles and see if you have too many of one item or not enough of another. This is helpful if you want to make outfits before you go also, although I am not a fan of doing that because I always change my mind last minute anyways. Also using piles help you not forget an entire item type. You don't know how many times I have almost forgot extra bras! Be sure to use your piles as a size guideline too. It is pretty easy to see if your piles are too large or you have too many of them to fit into your luggage. So use your piles, take stuff out, add stuff that you need more of, then you are ready to start placing them in your luggage, or rolling them into your luggage, this part now goes super quickly!
I also have a simple rule, always bring a pair of jeans and a pair of sweatpants. I don't care if you are going to the warmest beach or even the desert, I have found it very helpful to always have these two items in my luggage. Sometimes the hotels are really cold at night and sweatpants are great, and sometimes you have to travel by train or bus and those are really cold because the AC is blasting, and jeans were the perfect solution! I can name about twenty other times these two items have been the most important things in my luggage and I almost didn't pack them.
Another thing that really helps me when I am packing are my packing bags. The ones that I have are TravelOn brand, but you can find different brands at TJMaxx, Amazon, etc. They mainly help me stay organized when I am packing things up, and as you can tell by my pile method, I like to stay organized. I used them a lot for shoes too, so I can keep my shoes away from my clothes. But they are also great for small clothing items like socks, bras, t-shirts, etc.
Between having extra items ready to go, staying organized with piles, and having the most useful packing items, you will be able to own packing for your weekend trip, short vacation, or business trip!!
Did you find this list helpful? Is there anything you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below!
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