Memorial Day weekend has come to be known as a time for a quick trip with family and friends. Weekend trips can be a breeze, but it can be stressful trying to figure out what you need to bring with you. After-all you cannot bring your whole room and you can't know what you will need, but here are a few tips and tricks to help you figure it out!
I am not going anywhere this weekend, but I did get away last weekend to Phoenix with my husband for our close friends wedding. Here is how I pre-parred:
What's In My Bag?
- Chewing Gum
- Camera (I think you should have someway to document your trip without using your phone)
- Straightener or Curling Iron (I try to only bring one)
- Deodorant (Please, for the good of all)
- Small Make-Up Kit (Consolidate to what you NEED)
- Nail Clippers & Tweezers (You never know when you will need these babies)
- Napkins (Never forget something to clean-up spills when trekking cross country in a car)
- Comb or Brush
- Socks (In case your feet get cold and everyone else is warm)
- Toothpaste & Toothbrush
- My Pocket Bible
- Cash (some places won't take card)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Lotion & Vitamin E moisturizing stick (Or Chapstick)
Not Pictured Here:
- A Way to Remove Make-Up
- Rubber Band or clips to put your hair up
- Water Bottle
First, determine the weather of your destination. I went to Arizona last weekend and it never dipped below 83 degrees, so I knew I wasn't going to need any pants or jackets. If you are traveling somewhere that has both cool and warm weather, don't stress! Just pack outfits for the day that you can layer onto for the night or switch out a skirt for pants.
Second, layout actual outfits for each day. Try to include neutral colors so you can mix and match your pieces depending on what you feel like wearing. I am not saying exclusively neutral colors so you feel like you are wearing the same thing everyday, keep rocking your style, just think of all the different matches you can make within the outfits. You may even want to try making different pieces work for multiple days by accessorizing differently or bringing a sweater to throw over a dress, that you will be wearing under overalls the next day. If you are going to make a clothing item work multiple times I would say bring a "just-in-case" replacement. Don't go crazy, just include one extra shirt or pair of pants or whatever it is that you only have ONE of. I could tell you endless stories of how I ripped my only pair of pants, or my sister broke her only pair of shoes.. in the pouring rain.. in the middle of the night.. where no one spoke english. What I am trying to say is don't over-think it, but be prepared.
Third, pick out your accessories and shoes after you have your outfits laid out. This is where you really want things to have multiple things work for the same day. This past weekend I brought a pair of shoes for each of the days, but my excuse was I was going to a wedding! Sure I could have gotten away with two pairs, but this is where I splurged on packing room and I did end up wearing them all. I turned it around by using the same jewelry multiple times. Think through how much you will be walking or what type of event you will be at. Please, don't wear hiking boots to a dressy event, but don't pack 3 pairs of heels when you are going camping. Pack accessories and shoes that are appropriate for what you are doing. This will help keep you from packing those shoes you love that will give you blisters on a 3 mile walk through the city.
Now pack it all up! I know my descriptions were all long, but I could fit everything I wanted to bring for the weekend into a backpack because I thought it through. Now, every trip is different and sometimes we just need more space, but there are ways to save on space. My go-to tip is ROLL YOUR CLOTHES. So much more fits this way, they fit in little areas of your bag you didn't know existed, plus if you fold them and roll them well there won't be many wrinkles. I even roll my underwear up and put it inside my shoes, TMI, I know.