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Going away for the weekend is a great mini vacation! This weekend packing list with free printable is everything you need to pack for a weekend getaway!
Weekend getaways are ideal mini vacations, whether you are looking for rest and relaxation or seeking adrenaline pumping adventure. This weekend packing list keeps the packing process quick so you can get to the fun!
We do a ton of weekend trips. It’s the easiest vacation during the school year since we have 3 kids who are heavily involved in activities and sports. I can pack for a weekend trip with my eyes closed at this point. A good weekend packing list can help you stay organized and not overpack.
Whatever the activities you have planned or the season, this weekend packing list has all of the basics you need to take along!
This post is all about your weekend packing list.
Ultimate Guide to Your Weekend Packing List
Weekend Packing List: The Basics
If you’re like me, you need to write down everything to pack or you’re likely to forget something important!
Ever arrive somewhere and realize you forgot your wallet? Yep, me too. There are just certain things you definitely don’t want to leave home without, such as your wallet, purse and cell phone. Don’t forget the charger for your phone, and if driving, a car charger too. If you wear glasses or contacts, be sure they are also on your weekend packing list!
A book, a crossword puzzle, a portable project you are working on, whatever entertains you, bring it on your weekend getaway. My husband brings his disc golf backpack everywhere he goes! It’s nice to have something you enjoy doing for down times and relaxing, or if you find yourself with those odd moments of time between activities.
Although this isn’t necessarily entertainment, pack work projects that have a deadline or that you enjoy doing. When I taught high school English, I brought papers to grade everywhere I went. You never know when down time is extra long or you feel like being productive, even on vacation.
Weekend Packing List: Clothing
I highly recommend packing clothing that can mix and match to some degree. Maybe you have a favorite pair of jeans that you can wear twice or a favorite sweater that goes with all of your tops? I always bring an extra top so I have options to fit the mood or unexpected plans.
Whatever outfits you choose to pack, you’ll want to be sure that they suit your destination’s environment. If it’s an action packed weekend, bring clothing that is comfortable for being on the go and forget those super cute wedges that kill your feet. Consider the terrain you’ll be walking on (uneven sidewalks? Through vineyards? City streets?) as well as the weather.
Don’t forget to pack for evenings out too. I’ve ended up at a night club in my corduroys and ballet flats because I didn’t know the night would go that direction. Unplanned nights with unexpected merriment are the best!
Lounging in your hotel or Airbnb can be super relaxing, so bring something to lounge in. You can travel in your favorite leggings, then use those leggings to sit back and chill in. Or pack cute pj’s that can double as loungewear. I always pack a robe if the place I am staying doesn’t have one. And don’t forget your swimsuit for the hotel pool or hot tub!
It’s difficult to get by with just one pair of shoes for a weekend getaway. Different outfits and plans call for different shoes. Or maybe you plan to work out everyday, but won’t wear your sneakers anywhere else. Whatever shoes you pack, be sure to remember a pair for wearing around the hotel or out to the pool.
If you are taking a bulkier pair of shoes like sneakers or boots and your packing space is limited, wear them while traveling and save the room in your weekend bag or suitcase for your other belongings.
Weekend Packing List: Self-Care
If you have read any of my other packing list posts, you know that I rely heavily on my go-to medicine kit. It’s always stocked, and I take it everywhere. Nothing is worse than waking up in the night and needing a cough drop or getting a blister on your heel and not having bandaids. Keep a medicine kit packed with:
- pain relievers
- tummy medicine
- cough drops
- sleep aid
- allergy medication
- prescription medication
Remember to also pack your daily prescription medication if you take any. Bring an extra day or two’s worth of daily meds just in case you decide to extend your trip or have a canceled flight.
If you are driving to your weekend destination, consider bringing your own pillow. No matter how great hotel pillows can be, there is nothing like your favorite from home, especially if you have any neck or back issues. A cozy blanket in the car that you can use in the hotel room is also worth packing. Don’t forget a sleep mask if the pesky random lights from things like the tv and fire alarm bother you.
Snacks and bottles of water are also great comfort items to pack. Unless you are familiar with the water where you are staying, the safe bet is to bring your own. I love to take my Stanley water cup and refill it with cold bottled water. This is another to keep track that you are drinking enough water while on your adventures.
Weekend Packing List: Accessories
Same as clothing, having some accessories that overlap is convenient. It’s one thing to pack them and be excited for where you will wear them, but it’s a different story when you get home and have to unpack (and possibly untangle) all of the small stuff.
If you are traveling during colder weather, pack a scarf that can be worn with all of your outfits. It can complete a look and act as an additional layer if necessary.
A wristlet is an accessory I can’t live without. Whether at the beach or in the mountains, a wristlet is the perfect evening “purse” to use instead of lugging your actual purse around.
Weekend Packing List: Toiletries
I highly recommend keeping a packed toiletry bag so it’s always ready to go when you are. This is the best way to not forget anything, and it significantly cuts down on packing time. Win, Win!
Although this weekend packing list is a bit vague on toiletries, I have written an entire post dedicated to specific toiletries to pack that breaks down everything you need when traveling.
Your own shampoo and conditioner is on this list with the assumption that you dislike hotel shampoo as much as I do. Or maybe you use special shampoo to preserve your color or a particular conditioner to control frizz. Either way, pack it or leave it, but do remember to bring whatever hair products you use to style your hair, such as shine serum and hairspray.
Many places offer a hairdryer, but some smaller, boutique hotels won’t. Pack the tools you use to style your hair:
- hair dryer
- curling iron/wand
- round brush
I purchased this straightener and curling iron in one for traveling and I absolutely love it! It’s a smaller profile than my regular curling iron and works great. I’ve had it for over two years and often use it at home as well. It’s a bit pricey, but it goes on sale often.
Have you ever forgotten to put your makeup bag in your suitcase? Not fun! My toiletry essentials checklist breaks down makeup products so you don’t forget anything. I use this Béis hanging cosmetic case because I can fit most of my travel sized toiletries and all of my makeup in one organized kit!
Facial cleanser, makeup remover, moisturizer, etc. are staples for a weekend packing list. So is anything you need for oral care, like a toothbrush and floss, as well as a mouthguard or retainer. This is also your friendly reminder to pack sunscreen for your face and chapstick for your lips.
You can read about how I fit all my toiletries and makeup in one case in my review on the Béis hanging cosmetic case.
Speaking of sunscreen, bring it, regardless of destination or time of the year. Deodorant, lotion and perfume are other body care toiletries to have on hand. For grooming, pack a razor, tweezers and nail clippers. I always recommend keeping a small stash of feminine products packed as well. This can be something you keep in the glove compartment of your car or in a pocket in your suitcase.
Hopefully this weekend packing list help you prepare for an upcoming weekend getaway!
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