packing for a weekend trip

Winter is always a time for weekend trips for me. I'm either out of the house all of the time, or making short trips to visit friends and loved ones!
This weekend, I'm headed to Tucson, Arizona to visit my friend Alyssa and it really got me thinking of what I like to pack for my weekend trips! I think weekend trips can be hard, because you never really know what to expect, so let's get thinking and make the most of our weekend trips!

weekend trip must haves


1. Don't Skimp on Your Beauty Products.
Whenever I'm packing for trips, I try to cut down on my beauty products. The only problem with that is that your skin and hair can go south in that short amount of time. The solution? Purchase minis of your favorite products or purchase bottles to transfer a small bit of product to. As much as I'd love to cut down my face routine on a weekend trip, I know I shouldn't. So, I either make room for my full sizes or get some minis! Another idea is to pack those small samples you get from Birchbox or Sephora or ipsy or wherever. That way you can try out your new products and don't have to redistribute your faves.

2. Stick to Shoes and Clothing You Know Are Comfy.
There's nothing worse than being stuck somewhere with uncomfortable shoes. You can pretty much buy anything else, but breaking in shoes takes time! Weekend trips (or any trips, really) are not the best time to be trying out new shoes. So, pack your classic faves! This weekend, I'm bringing my favorite Sam Edelman Boots,  my trusty Birkenstocks and a comfy pair of Superga tennis shoes.
Clothing-wise, I would always stick to classics and a color palette that works together. I usually pack jeans, two shirts, a skirt, a dress and a jacket. That's for a two-day, casual trip. That way I have some options without packing too much.

3. Don't forget your power.
When you're really busy on vacation, you can sometimes forget about charging your phone. This is problematic because it's not great to be lost in an unknown city without a map (although, it can end in a fun adventure). So, I like to always have a portable battery and an extra charging cord on hand.

4. Stay hydrated and fueled.
Again, when you're so busy, it's important to keep fueled and hydrated. I like to bring a refillable water bottle and a couple protein bars just in case I miss a meal! Especially in the mornings, it's easy to forget breakfast, so it's nice to have a bar on hand.

5. Have a good weekender bag and makeup case.
I have definitely done a weekend trip with reusable grocery bags. Not even kidding. Let me tell you, though, having a weekender bag is life altering. Another need for me is a makeup case. I got mine from Nordstrom Rack, but I love the ones that Target has too. It usually has two zipper sides (I use one for makeup and the other for skincare and hair) and then a small zip section and/or brush holder in the center. It's so great because insides are clear and you don't have to shuffle through your makeup bag just to find your mascara!

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