Save time and money on your next weekend trip by learning to edit down to the essentials. Often you end up packing more than you need, and may even forget something amidst the clutter of non-essential extras. If the thought of editing down brings flashes of anxiety – fear not, these 5 simple tips will make packing for a 48-hour trip a breeze.
The Right Bag
First, it’s important to have a good bag. For the ladies, a large zip up tote bag can be key in packing light and looking fashionable on the go. Alternatively, a small duffel bag or regular sized backpack are also great bags to have on the go for both women and men.
Consider Your Itinerary
Do you really need that extra maxi dress or sweater? Probably not. Really look at what activities your participating in. Most daytime activities only require one outfit and an extra layer like a sweater. Unless you have a special event planned, leave that extra pair of shoes or fancy outfit at home. Also, look at the weather ahead of time; if it’s going to be hot you may not want to be wearing a leather jacket and jeans in favour of shorts and a T-shirt.
Edit Your Wardrobe
For two days all you need are your absolute favorite clothes and some sleepwear. Wearing all black never hurts, as it’s an easy transition from day to night. Pack clothes that can all be interchanged to form a series of three outfits for the day there, an evening, and the day back. A good plan is to wear the most layers on your journey to free up space in your bag for toiletries and other clothes. The formula for the weekend is 3 tops, 2 bottoms, 1 piece of outerwear, walking shoes, alternate shoes, sleepwear, and undergarments as needed. For the transit there, wear a casual day shirt, your favorite jeans or pants, comfortable walking shoes, and your layer of choice like a jacket or sweater. In the bag is everything else. Pack an extra pair of pants or shorts (weather dependent), another daytime shirt, and a dress shirt for the evening. If you know you have a special event pack one outfit accordingly. Wear any accessories like sunglasses, scarf, hat, watch, or jewelry on your person. Should it get hot, you can tie the scarf to your bag. If it’s going to be nice or you’re beach or pool bound, pack your bathing suit and a pair of sandals.
Leave The Extras And Rent The Rest
If you’re headed to the beach, find out if you have to bring your own towel or if your accommodation will provide it. Even if it’s a rental, spending a few dollars in favour of not having to cart around extra stuff can be worth it. Additionally, almost all accommodation has toiletries and hairdryers so you can ditch bringing all the extra liquids, gels, and tools. Don’t bring full bottles of anything, get reusable travel sized bottles for your essentials like moisturizer and face wash. If hair styling is a must and you're travelling with friends, arrange for only one person to bring a flat or curling iron and share it.
Ditch The Tech
Unless you absolutely have to work, leave the laptop at home. You’ll free up much more space in your bag and it will be less heavy. You’ll enjoy your time off more and if you do have to do something last minute, most accommodation is equipped with a business center. Just make sure essential files are loaded to your dropbox or Google Drive so you can access it on the go. Also, all smartphones are capable of work on the go so you won’t have to fret as long as you can get Wi-Fi. Don’t even bring a charger; just charge a portable battery ahead of time for the singular night away from home. In terms of entertainment, back away from the Netflix and grab a book or magazine. It will be there when you get home.