TRAVEL, weekend

What I Pack For A Weekend Trip (Beach Edition)

I realized I forgot to schedule my post for yesterday! I already broke my schedule (oops) But I’m here with a new post!

I am always going on weekend trips with Connor. We figure it’s the best way to maximize our time off and our money at this point in our lives. We will take short day trips on the weekend, full weekend trips, or even long weekends where we take 1 day off work. Trips give me something to look forward to, plan for, and keep me motivated at work.

I thought it might be fun to share what I typically pack for a weekend trip. We usually drive places, so I have more wiggle room for those sorts of trips, but with flights, I like to keep it simple. This post will be more geared to a weekend trip where we fly, but just imagine me bringing double if we are driving. Also, depending on the weather of where we are visiting, that can impact my packing (winter clothes/boots take up way more space in my bag than summer clothes/sandals). I feel like that was obvious, but I wanted to mention it just in case.

Since I’m dreaming of warm weather, the beach, and tropical drinks, I’ll share a packing list for a warm vacation Basically, sub out the sandals and swim suits for boots and warm sweaters for those chillier trips.

1. Backpack: I don’t have the biggest backpack. It’s just a black, single zipper, Jansport backpack I got at Kohl’s for 35 dollars or so. I like it a lot though. It’s not too bulky and you can get a decent amount in it for the weekend. Sometimes I struggle to get a second pair of shoes in it, but if you have a different type of backpack, you should be good.

2. Toiletry bag: For flights, I really narrow down the products I bring. I stick to a little tube of toothpaste, my toothbrush, floss, a small brush, chapstick, deodorant, a razor, and sometimes mascara if I am feeling crazy. I really don’t require a lot of cosmetic items for the most part because I really don’t wear makeup. I usually leave face wash behind as well because soap and water, or just water, works just as well.

3. Sandals: If I’m just packing a backpack, I go with one pair of shoes in addition to the ones I’m wearing (most likely gym shoes or “cute”/versatile sneakers) If the trip is more beach oriented/outdoorsy, I’ll choose my Chacos. I like that they are comfy for shorter hikes, but can get wet and be fine. If I’m just walking around, I’ll bring some black sandals. They are cute for everyday, but I could also wear them to a nice dinner or a bar.

4. Swim suit: I feel like this is obvious if I’m going to the beach. I think you can get away with just one if it’s just a weekend trip. Two would be ok too. Also, with flying, I will just purchase sunscreen on the trip because with my sensitive skin, I’ll use the entire bottle in a couple of days haha.

5. Sunglasses: I feel like these are essential for a warm weather trip. If I drive to a beach trip, I’ll bring like 3 pairs to spice things up, but with a small bag and only a couple days, I will usually stick to one pair (still in love with my blue lens Quay sunnies).

6. Clothes: I am the type of person to wear basically the same thing the majority of any trip, so I don’t bring a ton of clothes with me. A pair of leggings (gotta be comfy sometimes or even hit the hotel gym), a romper, a pair of shorts, and 2 or 3 shirts usually does the trick. Also, socks and underwear, but I feel like that’s obvious.

7. Hair tools: I either wear my hair natural in a ponytail or braid, or straighten it on occasion. I like to bring my flat iron with me on trips just in case. It doesn’t take up a ton of space, so I don’t feel silly bringing it along. Honestly, I usually don’t use it, but it doesn’t hurt to have it!

I’d say those are most of the essentials I pack. Nothing too crazy or out of the ordinary. I don’t like to make everything I bring on a trip the focus of the trip. I am really on vacation to have a fun time, explore new cities, enjoy nice weather, etc, so if I forget somethings, its not the end of the world.

Where are you planning your next trip to? Do you like vacations to colder climates or warmer climates? What is your number 1 essential when traveling?

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