How to Pack for a Two Day Trip
My whole life I have loved traveling. Whether its going on a road trip 2 hours away or hopping on a plane to jet set up the east coast, I’ll go. Some of my favorite little trips are the two-day weekend trips where you drive for a few hours and spend the night in a hotel. One thing I used to hate about traveling was packing. SO many questions – do I have enough? do I have too much? are my clothes weather appropriate? are they appropriate for where I’m going? The list goes on and on. For someone who travels as much as I do, I have finally gotten the hang of packing. I wanted to share my foolproof list of essentials to pack for a short two-day trip with y’all 🙂
When packing, I like to write out a list of categories and then what to pack for each category:
For my toiletries, I just have one separate bag that I take along with my main duffel bag. In the bag I include the regulars like a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc. I pack my makeup bag with the makeup that I KNOW that I am going to use that weekend and nothing extra. Lugging around extra makeup that you don’t use is how it gets broken.. or lost 🙁 . I also make sure to include little things that I may need like dry shampoo, a face mask, or eye cream. Everyones “bathroom bag” is different so as long as you make sure to pack your essentials then you should be okay.
My clothes category has a few sub categories. I like to pack for trips by outfit rather than just tossing clothes in a bag and creating outfits when I get there. I feel like when I pack a whole outfit, I will know that I DO in fact have everything I need. Therefore nothing is forgotten. Before I pack my outfits, I make sure to include the essentials like bras, panties, pajamas and socks (if needed). My pajamas consist of running shorts and t-shirts, so I make sure to include plenty of those. After that I think about where I am going, what I will be doing and starting packing appropriately.
I have found that for two days there’s really only a few essential outfits you need, two cute and casual outfits for during the day and one dressier item for nighttime. The first casual outfit can be something simple like a cute shirt, (t-shirt, graphic tee, sweater tee, tank top, etc), some jean shorts, and comfortable shoes.
The whole outfit is practical for a day spend walking around, shopping, sight-seeing or whatever you are there for. Usually when I go out-of-town, at night we go to dinner somewhere. Not necessarily somewhere fancy however I do enjoy wearing a cute dress and some heels to dinner. Especially if I am going somewhere I have never been before. For my night-time outfit I like to pick a seasonal appropriate dress and shoes.
I love this dress because it is so light and flowy and the peep toe booties are perfect for this time of year. For the last day of my trip, I like to keep the same cute and casual vibe and try to pack a romper with some sandals.
I think that you can get the same practicality from this outfit as the t-shirt and jean shorts.
My miscellaneous items usually include my phone charger, my iPad, my camera, my chargeable wristlet, and my sunglasses. Oh, and a rain jacket because you ALWAYS want to be prepared, no matter what the weather says! I feel like these may seem like “duh” items however I need to write them down or I most definitely will forget them. I hope this was able to give you a good idea on what to pack for a short trip. Sometimes I feel like its easier to see things laid out in front of you to get a good idea of what to pack.
My boyfriend has planned a weekend trip for us in Pigeon Forge, TN this weekend so that’s where I’ll be.. so I should probably get to packing! I am so excited because we have been together over four years and never been on a trip together. I’ll make sure to write a blog post about our time there and what I wore so stay tuned!
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