Uncertainty in a long weekend can drive you mad but I think I’ve put together a pretty good list of what to bring along for a long-weekend.
- First off, make a list. It sounds lame but it’ll be your best friend when you’re frantically throwing things in a bag at noon on Friday for your 3 p.m. flight. (Not that this is something I’ve done…)
- Pack solid colors. I love color and I love patterns, but on a trip it’s hard to mix and match when you have so many colors and patterns. Stick with neutrals! For my trip I packed an olive green jumpsuit, black flared leg jeans, the flats I wore on the way, some black pointy toed heels (that go with the jumpsuit and the jeans), my grey leather jacket and a three tops to wear out. I mixed and matched all of these items all weekend depending on the temperature and nature of the outing. And don’t be afraid to be a minimalist! You’ll have less to keep up with.
- Roll your clothing. The best travel tip I’ve ever gotten is to roll up your clothing. I used to lay everything flat and space filled up so fast! Plus I had to dig through my bag to find something. Rolling not only saves space but keeps your organized!
- Bring the travel sized items. I know that travel sized items can be annoying when you’re not traveling (everyone has the medicine cabinet filled with tiny shampoos and body washes) but these will take up the least amount of room in your suitcase! Also, if you’re flying, wrap them in a plastic bag or put them in a zip lock bag, the pressure will cause them to leak sometimes and you don’t want that all over your suitcase!
- If you’re traveling with someone only bring one shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer, toothpaste, floss, contact solution, etc. and share! But really, lose the hairdryer if you can, it takes up a lot of room. If you’re traveling with a girlfriend who is the same size as you, share clothes!
- You only need one pair of PJ’s. I like fresh PJ’s every night but my favorite flannel set takes up a lot of room by itself, let alone a second set. You’re only going to be gone 2-3 nights, stick with one pair of pajamas.
- Leave the snacks at home. I’ve been guilty of bringing snacks in my carry on before. But a lot of the time they were a ‘just in case’ item and I’d never eat them. Trust me, you’ll be fine if your snacks stay at home. Plus it frees up some extra room!