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 πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™ . 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.Β 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.

sweater tee, jean shorts, and converse pack for two day trip
| Shirt: Target | Shorts: American Eagle | | Shoes: Converse |

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.

dinner dress and heels packing for two day trip
| Dress: Mast General | Shoes: Monday Dress |

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.

romper and sandals pack for a two day trip
| Romper: Forever 21 | Shoes: Marleylilly |

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.Β 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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Erwan Hesry

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  1. Kelly

    August 3, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Short trips are always so stressful for me!! I always end up over packing as if I’ll be traveling for a month! Thanks so much for the tips!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Thats exactly how I felt! Im glad you liked my ideas, I hope they are helpful in the future πŸ™‚

  2. Elaine

    August 3, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Love to be organized and versatile as you! Great tips!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      I love it too! You’re so welcome!

  3. Caroline

    August 3, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Great List! I was just telling my husband today I need to buy a new pair of white converse! They are just so comfy and cute!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks so much! I love mine, I actually bought them from, they weren’t too expensive πŸ™‚

  4. Belinda

    August 3, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Packing is the worst. That feeling of “what have I forgotten?” when you’ve already travelled far enough away that you can’t go back to collect forgotten things. Bugs me EVERY time. LOL Love your approach. I may have to expand on it for my 3 week road trip this December though. πŸ˜‰

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      That is THE WORST! I totally feel you on that. Let me know if it works out for you πŸ™‚

  5. Kathleen

    August 3, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Great post with lots of useful tips! I’m still trying to master the art of packing light!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks so much!

  6. Becca

    August 3, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    It’s always hard not to over pack! Thanks for the info!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Totally agree! No problem, let me know if the tips work for you πŸ™‚

  7. Krissy @thoughtfullyunraveled

    August 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I love, love, love this post. Short two day trips to nearby cities are my favorite too! Love your outfit suggestions.

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Yesss I love them! Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  8. Ownyourfancy

    August 3, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    I’m just now learning to cut back when packing. You have so much discipline! I’m trying to get where you are.

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks so much! Definitely took a while for me to get to this point haha

  9. Shelly Pineda

    August 3, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Short trips stress me out so much. I always tend to over pack, which is never good! Thank you for the post!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Of course! Let me know if the tips help in the future πŸ™‚

  10. Shawna

    August 3, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    I am the queen of over packing! πŸ˜‚ seriously, I can go on one over night trip and all of a sudden I’m bringing my entire house with me! Hopefully I can use your tips to lessen that load a bit. Thank you!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Haha that is how I used to be!! Let me know if they help in the future πŸ™‚

  11. Chels

    August 3, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Super helpful because I’m going on a quick trip this weekend! Great timing and awesome post. Love your blog too!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Hope you had fun on your trip! Thank you πŸ™‚

  12. G

    August 4, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Great tips!
    Next time I’ll definitely pack by outfit, rather then just packing random items πŸ™‚

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Yay! Let me know if it works for you πŸ™‚

  13. Martha

    August 4, 2017 at 2:18 am

    Good tips about the makeup! Nice photos πŸ™‚

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

  14. Erica Q

    August 5, 2017 at 8:39 am

    I love the tip about packing outfits. I never do this and then I end up with a bunch of stuff that doesn’t match. This is a great tip that I must try!

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:17 pm

      That exact thing used to happen to me, so frustrating! Let me know if the tips help in the future πŸ™‚

  15. Amanda

    August 6, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Short trips are the best. A little fresh air from the daily grind is nice.

    1. laneymcgarity

      August 7, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

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