I’ve been trying to decode packing for the past twenty years. One of the things I learned in the Marines was to pack “never more than what you can carry”. That mantra came handy when I was traveling pregnant and that lesson has carried with me throughout the years. Many people ask me how to pack for a weekend trip. I finally came up with a list of tips on how to get through TSA with a light bag and many options for your getaway.
Tip 1: Take Your Itinerary Into Consideration
When thinking on how to pack for a weekend trip ask yourself a few questions: Where are you going? Will you be attending a special occasion? What will the weather be like? Most of the time, weekend trips come with a tight itinerary. Go through your events and think about what you want to wear.
Tip 2: Pack “Grunt Rolls”
This is one of my more practical skills from boot camp that I’ve been using for two decades. Packing items such as workout clothes, tops, jeans, and jersey dresses in tight rolls (see video) create so much more room in your bag. Some readers swear by packing cubes but I find that they are a bit too much for a weekend trip. If a dress is in a delicate material, I fold in quarters so it is easier to iron.
Tip 3: Pack Light
Tip 4: Organize Your Outfits Before Packing
This is related to tip 1 on how to pack for a weekend trip. Pull your outfits and lay them on the bed or hang them in a visible place. Can you mix and match pieces? Does each item fulfill a purpose?
Tip 5: Bring a Roomy Tote as Your Personal Item
Airlines are becoming more militant about carry-ons and what you can place in the overhead bin. Make sure to bring a roomy tote you can comfortably fit under the seat in front of you. I carry my essentials in my tote: wallet, laptop, camera, chargers, and makeup bag.
Tip 6: Throw in a Few Extra Items for Variety
Tip 7: Buy the Right Suitcase
Tip 8: Secure Your Valuables
How to Pack for a Weekend Trip
When people ask me for tips on how to pack for a weekend trip, I share the tips above. After twenty years of continuous travel, I still pick up on new tips to be more efficient. Do you have any packing tips that work for you? Please share in the comments!