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An Expert Guide: What to Pack for a Weekend Getaway

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Packing for a weekend getaway is a difficult task, believe me. The thought of packing now gives me shudders. 

I’ve been travelling for over six years, and I still hate the thought of packing especially for a weekend getaway. Why do I not like packing you ask? Well, it’s simple. You can carry way too much, which means you have things you are not going to wear. Or you can pack what you think you need and be surprised by new weather or worst not have anything you need!

I’ve had many trips where I’ve got all my packing wrong. This can be forgetting basic essentials such as a toothbrush to overpacking, with then having to pay extra to check my luggage in.  

This year I feel like I really learnt how to pack my suitcase and only take what I really needed. So, upon my friends request I have decided to give you the tools on how to pack for a weekend getaway for ALL weather types.  

A few quick tips for a weekend getaway…

1. Check out what’s happening in your hotel, motel holiday inn…. 

Sorry, I stole that annoying title from Char of Memoirs and Musings

Lots of hotels provide toiletries, disposable toothbrushes, cotton pads, shower caps etc. – some go beyond this and add things like sun cream, insect repellent, and after-sun. Unless you check ahead, it’s likely you’ll bring those things you don’t necessarily need – do some research.

2. Check the weather 1/2 days before setting out  

Don’t get caught out by the weather. Make sure you’ve checked the weather forecast before you start packing to make sure you’re packing appropriately. In saying that I would say that the weather is not always reliable – so try and pack for all occasion if possible. By this, I mean carrying a coat and jumper.

3. Packing cubes  

I hate packing like really hate packing! However, I have always been told to get packing cubes. I have never used them myself, but they could work, right? I have heard that they allow you to organise your luggage efficiently – this sounds good, right?

Not were sure where to buy them? Have a look on Amazon

4. Roll your clothes

If packing cubes are not for you. Then why not think about rolling your clothes? I have been doing this for years and it has worked out for me!

5. Have a go-to travel cosmetics bag.

This is one is for the ladies! I am always stopped at security for my makeup! ALWAYS. I have learnt the hard way honestly.

Buy some travel-size bottles from Superdrug and fill these up for just your travels. That way, you have your makeup ready to go. You can thank me later. x

Need further assistance? I have you covered…

In any getaway you will always need the following items: 

Romantic Weekend Getaways

Sex toys (take out the batteries to avoid awkward airport scenes). 
  • A pair of comfortable shoes (girls take this seriously) 
  • A pair of jeans/pants or comfortable trousers  
  • A dress 
  • A universal travel adapter 

Winter Weekend Getaway 

  • Two Tops (good to take one for going out just in case)  
  • A towel (if you are not staying in a hotel) 
  • Travel-sized toiletries (shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, face-wipes, toothpaste, hair products, cream)  
  • Four sets of underwear 
  • PJs  
  • A day bag 
  • A passport and any other travel documents 
  • Cash and two plastics (credit card and debit just in case one doesn’t work) 
  • Battery pack for the phone 
  • Headphones 

Summer Weekend Getaways

Save these pictures for later and you will always know what to pack for a weekend trip whatever the weather! You will need the other items listed above also.

Please note. The most important items to take on your getaway are listed above. Can you think of things that should be included in the list?

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  • Davida | Wonders of Wanders
    October 23, 2019

    I keep hearing about packing cubes. Something I should try really, since I’m such a serial overpacker ??‍♀️

    • Adebola - MyBreakingViews
      October 23, 2019

      Hey Davida,

      Thank you for your comment! And yes I always hear about packing cubes but I am yet to use them myself. I think I will get some in the new year!