Summer is here, and that can only mean one thing – weekend getaways! Since a weekend trip is shorter than a regular vacation, you want to keep things low-key and easy going. This means carefree packing and sticking to a minimalistic wardrobe. I make it a priority to soak up every last minute of my weekend away, and hate to waste any of my time dealing with packing or what to bring. Keep reading to discover my best tips for packing for a weekend getaway!
Less is More
For a weekend getaway you only need a few outfits, and to make things even easier I like to stick to outfits that can be worn casual or dressed up! Rompers and jumpsuits are the perfect solution. For a weekend trip I’ll pack 3 rompers that can worn day or night, with flats or with heels, to the beach or to a restaurant! There’s nothing comfier than a one-piece outfit, and it makes packing seriously easy. Lately I’m loving the ease of rompers, but dresses have the same convenience.
I’ll be the first to admit that accessories tend to be where I overpack the most! Lately I’ve been very strategic with my shopping, and have started to only buy shoes in neutral colours so that I only have to pack a few pairs when I travel. For a weekend getaway it’s totally possible to only pack one pair of shoes, as long as they’re a neutral colour and versatile style. These jewelled sandals are casual enough for the beach, and dressy enough for dinner – making them the only pair I need to bring. One accessory I will not travel without is an umbrella. This bright yellow beauty is made by Davek New York and it’s compact enough to fit in my purse or carryon while travelling. I don’t know about you, but when I pack an umbrella it never seems to rain… but if I forget my umbrella then I can guarantee it will always rain… so this Davek umbrella now has a permanent home in my carryon!
For a weekend getaway it’s best to go carefree and leave your makeup bag at home! Instead, stick to a few basic products like lipstick and bronzer. Find a great toiletry bag with lots of compartments to keep you organized, and don’t bring anything extra that you don’t think you’ll need. My toiletry bag is from Samsonite (of course!) and I love that it has a hook so I can hang it in a hotel bathroom. This gives me easy access to all my stuff without unpacking – which is another time-saving benefit that I love for a weekend getaway.
Fun Tech to Bring
You’re going to want to document your perfect weekend getaway – so make sure you pack a camera! My latest obsession is the Polaroid Snap because it’s fun and lightweight. I also love that it instantly prints out my pictures, so that I can physically give them to friends as a souvenir from our weekend vacation! How great is that? When you want a weekend that’s all about relaxation and making memories this is the perfect camera.
Picking The Perfect Bag
Weekend getaways are short, so you don’t want to waste a single minute of your time looking for things in your suitcase or spending time packing and unpacking. For this reason, I love using a carryon suitcase that has separate compartments because it allows me to organize myself in a way that makes accessing my stuff quick and easy. The Samsonite Winfield 3 is perfect for this! It has a zippered piece separating the suitcase into two main compartments. I use one side for my clothes, and the other for accessories and toiletries. Another thing to consider when picking a weekend bag is weight. If you have to fly to get to your weekend destination then you’ll definitely want a bag that’s light enough to use as a carryon so you don’t have to waste valuable time checking your bags!
Making it All Fit
As mentioned many times before, packing cubes are a lifesaver when it comes to packing. Just take one look at the picture below to see how clean and organized my suitcase is thanks to packing cubes! This is also a great space-saving technique because it allows you to stack different sized packing cubes and toiletry cases to use up every last inch of room in your suitcase. Another trick for making everything fit in your suitcase is to roll all of your clothes, rather than folding them.
This article was produced in collaboration with Samsonite Canada, Polaroid and Davek.