How to pack for a weekend away

Being from Melbourne, I have many opportunities to dash for a quick weekend getaway and I truly try to take advantage of that. Over the years, I have gotten really good at packing the exact amount for short trips which I thought I will share with you.

Fun Fact: Scott is the over packer in our household. Who says that it’s always the girl who over packs?

A sunset in Bright

A sunset in Bright

Check the weather

The first thing I do when I start packing is check the weather as it will have a big impact on what you should take.

I use the Weather Zone app as I can find it to be very reliant.


The second influence is your destination. The items needed for a country escape will vary from that required for a beach escape.

Or if you are in Australia, it could be both a country and beach escape (lol). Your destination and the activities that you are anticipating to do will impact what you take.

TIP: The two things you should always take is a swimsuit and some trainers. Take a swimsuit even if you are not anticipating to swim as you never know when an opportunity might arise. In the same vein, you never know when you might the opportunity to go on a walk.

Make a list

Like a typical type A, I like to make a list. I find that it keeps me organised but also prevents me from over packing.

There are some really great packing templates online, so download one of them to get started.

Adventure awaits

Adventure awaits

Personal Care

Here is where things get tricky; I am a skincare fanatic. I have a whole routine that involves multiple products, most of which I would never decant. If you are going to decant, you have to make sure to finish the amount decanted as well as ensure that you are not contaminating your main sample. I know, you can see the scientist in me peeking out.

So, as I was saying there are multiple products that I use on a daily basis, so I really need to cull down what to take. And over the years I have narrowed it down to the following:

  • A moisturiser
  • Sunscreen
  • A serum
  • A cleanser
  • Night cream
  • Eye cream
  • Bath products (if a bathtub is available)
  • Hair bush
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss

I also streamline my makeup items to take the bare minimum.

Formulate your outfits

Before I start packing I like to put together the outfits as I would wear, including accessories and shoes. This helps me to visualise what I am taking but also help minimise the time choosing and getting ready in the morning. For longer trips, I very often will take a picture of the outfit.

Typically, for a weekend away, I will take three outfits and a nicer evening dress

Lay it All out

Once you are ready to start putting your items into your bag, lay it all out either on your bed or a large surface. This is your chance to inspect what you have and trim away items you don’t think you will need.

Mt Buffalo Lookout

Mt Buffalo Lookout

Carry On Only

The trick to packing for a weekend is to keep it to one piece of luggage and if you are flying, then to your carry on only. After all, do you really want to wait for your luggage once you arrive at your destination?

I can usually pack for up to five days in a carry on.

What you should always take with you for your weekend away:

  • An evening outfit
  • A hat (in summer)
  • Skin care
  • Swimsuit
  • Trainers
  • Sunscreen

So there you go, this how I pack for a weekend away. What are your “must haves” for a weekend getaway? Let me know in the comments below.



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