Packing Essentials for the Weekend Getaway

There are times when packing for that upcoming weekend getaway can be more difficult than packing for longer trips. Most of the time, you end up not packing enough and leaving essential items behind. For the ideal weekend getaway, you’ll need to pack enough clothing without taking your entire wardrobe along. The trick to this is to pack smart. As an example, instead of packing sandals and slippers, pack a pair of sandals that can pull double duty. Here’s a quick look at a few more tips.

For the Night Out

Any weekend getaway might include a night out. For that reason, be sure to pack a plus size little black dress or a nice pair of khakis and a button-down shirt. Come rain or shine, these items are weekend getaway must-haves.


Another of the must-have fashion items for weekend getaways, or any type of trip, is a great pair of sunglasses. These are critical for eye protection when you’re outside. Additionally, they can add a bit of panache to simple outfits, and are always a fantastic accessory.


Whether you’re packing light or packing heavy, just because you’ll be away for a couple of days doesn’t mean that you need to be without your favorite scent. If your bottle is a bit bulky, why not purchase a smaller one just to keep in your overnight bag? Just make sure that it’s permissible if you’ll be traveling by air.


For fall getaways, a jacket is a necessity – especially anywhere north of the Mason-Dixon Line. Keep in mind though that a single jacket is all you’ll need for those nights at outdoor events or even just a night spent on your balcony. Even if you’ll be south of that famous Line, the weather can be a bit damp and chilly at night, so it might be a good idea to have a light jacket just in case. Depending on your destination, you might need just a light one or one that’s a bit bulkier, like a leather one.

White Shirt

It doesn’t matter if you prefer a plain white t-shirt or a button-down, this item is essential for a weekend getaway. This item of clothing is versatile and can look great regardless of what you pair it with. You can dress it up or down with ease.


If you’re traveling in the warmer months, or to Florida, you might want to remember to pack a swimsuit. The chances are good that there will be a pool at your hotel. Even if you aren’t planning on getting into any water, you might just want to chill by the pool and catch a few rays.

Lounge Clothes

Weekend getaways are typically meant for unwinding and lounging. For that reason, lounge clothes should be right at the top of your list of things to pack. Don’t forget things like sweatpants or leggings and overly large t-shirts. Just be sure not to pack things you wouldn’t want anyone to see you wearing.


For shoes, you’ll need something comfortable enough for you to walk around a lot in. Whether these are sandals or sneakers, make sure that they’re both stylish and durable. You also need to remember to pack nicer shoes for your night out.

Finally, pack a nice book for you to get into in your downtime. Also, if you always have a bag of toiletries ready to go, you’ll avoid forgetting the essentials. This bag should contain things like lotion, underwear, toothbrush, brush, shampoo, soap, conditioner, feminine products, etc. Having everything you need will make your weekend that much more relaxing.