My guide to nailing the art of packing for a weekend away, what to pack and a few handy travel accessories you will be glad to have!
I had such a great response from my last packing guide (if you missed it click over here to check it out) I thought I better make one on how to pack for the weekend away. We all LOVE those! I recently scored myself a Samsonite carry on bag to accompany me on my travels (if you haven’t already sussed it out, Samsonite are my go-to bags and absolute favourites! They have taken my gear safely all over the world!). and now I don’t know how I travelled without one. Actually, I do know, I spent all my time carrying ridiculously heavy bags across my shoulders and felt it for days afterward. Not a fun time.
There is an art to packing and I have the good fortune of travelling regularly (which is my dream come true!!) on both longer and shorter trips. Be it a trip interstate, a road trip or a short stay overseas (you may notice my Instagram showing something of the sort right about now! EEEEK!!) you have to make sure your suitcase and what you pack into it go the distance. Preparation and the right tools can take away a lot of travel stress!
research and plan
As with any trip, the first thing that I do is breakdown where we are going, what the weather will be like, what we plan to do and how many days/ nights I need to pack for. I have a standard base list of what I pack either way, but this will vary say if we are heading somewhere in the country in the middle of winter to if I was heading somewhere in South East Asia where it will be hot and humid.
THE BEST CASE
The new case I picked up is a Samsonite Lite-Shock carry on (55cm) case, which is like a mini sized version of a regular case. I love it! Like I said, I don’t know why I didn’t get one sooner! Instead of lugging on an off a shoulder bag or backpack, the 360° multidirectional spinner wheels maneuver in all directions, so you can cruise along (and drag it along behind you at a run if you are late! EEk!). It only weighs 1.7 kilos, so you can stuff it full to the brim to meet your carry on weight limit! Yippee! I love having as much as I can in my carry on for a flight just in case they lose my suitcase- I have had that happen before, and even though I had a change of clothes with me at the time, three days with no suitcase later I was just wishing I had packed extra tops and smalls into my carry on! Plus it is strong and shock absorbing in case it gets bumped around or packed into the boot of the car under other bags on a road trip. As long as my case is strong, secure, has all its wheels and holds my gear, I can rest easy. One less thing to think about!
WHAT I PACK
JACKETS: 1X BLACK LEATHER MOTORCYCLE JACKET or 1X DENIM JACKET (wear on the plane), 1X COTTON BLAZER,
JUMPERS: 1X COTTON JUMPER,
JEANS / PANTS: 1X JEANS, 1X BLACK WIDE LEG pants, or 1x shorts if it’ll be warm
DRESSES: 1X STRIPED ORGANIC COTTON DRESS, 1x OCCASIONAL DRESS (OPTIONAL)
SHOES: 1X RUNNING SNEAKERS, 1X WALKING SNEAKERS, 1X BOOTS or 1x sandals (weather depending), 1x heels (if planning to go out somewhere flash)
ACTIVEWEAR/ swim: 1X LEGGINGS, 1X CROP TOP, 1X TANK, 1x swimwear,
TopS: 1X WHITE TEE, 1X WHITE COTTON SHIRT, 1X DENIM SHIRT, 1X silk cami,
ACCESSORIES: 1X SUNGLASSES, 1X SHOULDER BAG,
One of the handiest gadgets I have picked up is the Samsonite Digital Luggage Scale. I HATE paying extra if your weight is over, it is such a waste of money, so I always like to make sure that I am under or as close to the limit as possible. This little device, which folds up nicely is a lifesaver. I have been using it around the house for all sorts of things- even working out how much a picture weighed before I tried to hang it! I can test how I am going and know ahead of time if I will need to send something home via the post or order extra luggage online before I am hit with a bill at the check in desk. Oh, and don’t make the mistake we did last time where we forgot to include our bottles of wine we had bought in South Australia in the weight limit… that cost us an extra $40.00. :(
I really needed a new cosmetics bag to travel with after my last ones busted their zips. I have since discovered how handy this Samsonite roll up cosmetics case is, as it uses different pockets to separate your items. I put my skincare in one compartment, my cosmetics in another, hair care in another and the travel size makeup brushes in the flat section at the top. As everything is separate, the bottles don’t bang together and explode and I can keep track of my items in the different compartments, making clean up quicker. A good thing if you ever have to rush off in a hurry! Since it folds up neatly, I’ve been able to store some of my products in it at home, ready to go (just in case) plus it is really strong, so I am hoping it will last me longer than my last ones.
My packing method is the same for either of my cases, I went over those steps in the last post here. You might notice I have a lot of shoes in my list, but I prioritize my activewear even for shorter trips so I make sure I get in a workout, even if it does add to my luggage. I opt to pack my light weight sneakers or if I plan to do yoga- I can leave them behind. Besides all of that I make sure I have a checklist with my tech gear, chargers and travel insurance sorted and I am good to go! Catch you on the flipside guys, I am off to Malaysia!