How To Pack For A Weekend Getaway: Everything You Need For A Short Trip

Preparing for a long weekend getaway? Master the art of packing light with our ultimate guide, ensuring a stress-free trip without compromising on style or comfort.

Written byBea Howison
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Are you preparing for a well-deserved long weekend getaway? Whether you're seeking solace in the countryside, lounging on the beach, or exploring a vibrant city, packing efficiently is key to ensuring a stress-free and enjoyable trip.

With a few simple tips and tricks, you can master the art of packing light without compromising on style or comfort. Here's your ultimate guide to packing for a long weekend getaway...


Plan Your Outfits

Spend some time planning what you'll wear each day of your trip; consider what you'll be up to and the weather forecast if possible! If you have an occasion, be sure to plan for this well in advance so you have time to pick something special.

Go for clothes that you can mix and match easily, creating multiple outfits from the same staple pieces that you love and feel confident in. You could browse Pinterest, TikTok or Instagram to get some inspo for your holiday fits!

If you’re away for 3 nights and 4 days, we recommend:

  • 4 outfits (these can be based on some of the same pieces being interchanged)

  • 1 or 2 pairs of shoes (opt for 2 pairs if you must bring something smart e.g. heels)

  • 4 pairs of socks/tights and underwear

  • 1 set of pjs

  • 1 jacket/coat (if it will be cold)

The split for the outfits could look something like this:

  • 2 pairs of bottoms that are weather appropriate for your destination (trousers, maxi skirt, jeans, mini skirt, shorts)

  • 3-4 tops (remember a fancy one for evening meals, or nights out!


Pick A Suitable Sized Bag

Choosing the perfect bag for your long weekend getaway is crucial for a stress-free travel experience. It should be spacious enough to hold all your essentials and help you stay organised, especially when dealing with airline baggage rules.

Plus, a good bag is durable, versatile and able to handle whatever adventures you have planned, whether it's exploring a city or relaxing on a beach. Ultimately, the right bag sets the stage for a smooth and enjoyable trip. If you're need of a new bag, check out American Tourister's collection here and don't forget you can save a huge 20% at American Tourister with TOTUM.

Pick Versatile, Light Items

Choose items that are easy to layer and are simple enough to be worn multiple times in different outfits. This may mean they are neutral toned. Also opt for light fabrics that don’t take up too much space in your luggage to maximise the amount of clothes you can bring.

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Roll Instead Of Fold When Packing

Choosing to roll your clothes instead of folding them not only saves space but also keeps wrinkles at bay. Plus, it lets you pack in extra items into your bag.


Pack Mini Toiletries

Instead of lugging around big bottles of shampoo, conditioner and body wash, snag some travel-sized toiletries or transfer your faves into smaller containers. Don't forget the essentials such as toothpaste, sunscreen, and moisturiser!

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Pack Smart Accessories

Packing accessories such as statement jewellery, scarves, hats and headbands/scrunchies can switch up your outfits without taking up much room in your bag. Pick a couple pieces to help you go from daytime to night with ease. Check out our favourite spring accessories for some inspo!

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