How to Pack for a Weekend Trip

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The trick is to pack a few items of clothing that work well with each other and can be interchanged.

Things You'll Need

  • Toiletries
  • Toiletry Bags
  • Travel Clothes
  • Makeup Kits
  • Luggage Sets As Needed
  • Pack both a black T-shirt and a white T-shirt, plus one sweater or cardigan.

  • Toss in your favorite pair of blue jeans. An additional pair of casual pants, such as khakis, will serve you well.

  • Bring two pairs of shorts if you expect warm weather or a windbreaker or jacket if it will be cold or rainy.

  • Remember to bring three pairs of underwear and two pairs of socks.

  • Pack your nightgown or pajamas.

  • Wear a pair of comfortable, casual shoes such as loafers, sneakers or flat sandals while traveling. Bring dress shoes if needed.

  • Include a small toiletries bag with just the essentials - hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, razor, moisturizer and makeup. Pack travel-size toiletries, if possible.

  • Bring the requisite wallet, ID, cash, organizer, reading material and so forth.

  • Bringing a map, driving directions, and details about your destination is essential. Get ideas online and then print the information you need before your trip.

Tips & Warnings

  • Neutral colors work well on weekend trips. Choose a base color - black, brown, gray or navy - and team it with white, taupe or a bright color such as red or celery green.
  • For women: Pack a neutral dress (black, white, taupe, gray or navy) that can be dressed up with sandals or dressed down with sneakers and a sweater. Wear one pair of earrings that go with everything.
  • Purchase a space-saving travel bag with compartments.
  • Avoid overpacking - you don't want to be stuck with heavy bags and more stuff than you need (see Related eHow).
  • Leave expensive jewelry at home, as it's easy to lose on a trip.

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