Your Packing Checklist: Weekend Getaway Edition

Sometimes you’re too busy to take a weeklong vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pack the same amount of excitement into just a few days. Whether you’re going to a cabin, the beach or another destination that only requires just a few days, a weekend getaway trip can be thrilling, rejuvenating and exactly what you need- When you pack and prepare appropriately, of course. Having a quick and reliable checklist can save you time and energy and help avoid the very real travel stress. Here is your guide to what to pack for your weekend getaway!

Multifunctional Shoes

When it comes to packing for a weekend getaway with multiple activities, the best thing you can have is shoes that are comfortable, versatile and stylish. A pair of sneakers or running shoes can help if you’re going hiking or on other excursions where you will be doing more than just walking around and exploring. If you’re going to be on your feet a lot, comfort is king- so bring shoes that will keep you comfortable no matter what you are doing.

An Umbrella

If you’re going to be out and about in the summer heat or have the possibility of getting caught in the rain, always make sure you have a small umbrella on hand- this can keep things simple and save your vacation if unexpected weather rolls in. A black umbrella will fit with any outfit you pack, and keeping it on the smaller side means you’ll have plenty of room for it in a backpack or small duffle.

SPF Makeup And Sunscreen

Spending time out in the sun is always tempting when you’re on vacation, but it’s important to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Apply some SPF 15 makeup before you go out and make sure to apply sunscreen on any exposed skin that is going to be out in the sun. This will help protect your skin while still allowing you to experience all of what your destination has to offer.

Comfortable Clothes

Going away for a weekend getaway means you’re probably going to be doing a lot of exploring, and you want to be comfortable. While it’s nice to look cute when you go out exploring or sightseeing, layers that are easy and comfortable will give you the most freedom for all your weekend adventures. Make sure you have some shorts or leggings that can easily go from a walk around town to a meditation session at the beach. Having a few options of shirts both long sleeve and short sleeve will help you decide what to wear from day to night.

A Lightweight Jacket

Whether it’s the middle of summer or peak pumpkin season, nights can be chilly, especially on an island or beach getaway. A lightweight jacket is perfect for staying comfortable in the evening while still being able to pack light once the sun comes up again. Jackets with travel pockets keep your important documents safe and sound and also provide the perfect place to sneak candy into the movies if you go for a spur-of-the moment outing to the silver screen!

Travel Battery

When it comes to weekend getaways, a phone charger is essential lest you find yourself stuck somewhere without service or your battery dies and you miss out on all the fun things to do. A charging battery that can be charged ahead of time and brought with you ensures that no matter what happens you can enjoy your vacation without having to worry about running low on battery.


You want to be able to stay in tip top shape and feel your best on a weekend getaway, so make sure you have all the necessary toiletries and medications in your bag. Things like medication, bug spray and extra toilet paper can also come in handy, just in case. FIrst aid kits are also a smart thing to pack for unexpected accidents or illnesses- you don’t want to find yourself in need of an antiseptic when you’re far from home.

A Plan!

Before you head out on your weekend getaway, make sure you have a plan for what to do. Hiking, sight seeing or exploring the city are all amazing ways to spend the weekend, and having an idea of where you want to go and what you want to experience will help ensure that you enjoy every minute of your vacation and don’t miss out on anything!

In Conclusion

When it comes to packing for a weekend getaway, having all the essentials on hand is what will make your trip fun and stress-free. Remember to pack light so you aren’t weighed down by heavy bags, and make sure to include items that will keep you comfortable no matter what kind of weekend adventure you’re planning. Whether it’s hiking, sightseeing or just hanging out on the beach, a well-packed weekend getaway is exactly what you need for your next vacation!


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