Shop the Bag
For short weekend breaks, packing a suit case and having to carry around something super oversized, is a waste of time and money. When I travel for short weekend breaks, I like to have one backpack and a shoulder bag with me, everything else stays at home. This way, I save money on not checking in a bag, I don’t have to be at the airport super early in order to check-in my bag and when I land I don’t have to wait around for the bag, instead I am straight out the door and into a taxi.
So what should you pack for a long weekend away?
When I travel for a long weekend away, I pack a very limited amount of clothes. I will have the outfit I am wearing and in addition to this I will pack:
- Long sleeve Top
- A sweater/jacket/jumper ect. (not all of course)
- Dressy Top for dinner coupled with dressy bottoms
- Underwear for everyday
- Socks for everyday
Yes, I am an outfit repeater and I am proud. It has saved me tones of money and when you are travelling all the time, you really can’t fit any other clothes but a limited amount. When travelling during the winter, jackets and coats take up a heap of space, which can be annoying because there’s just so much other stuff that could potentially be packed. I will wear my big coat as well as my sweater/jumper/jacket underneath and pack the less heavy jacket in my carry-on.
This one can be a tricky one depending on which airport you are flying out off and which airport you are arriving in. Before flying out of Stansted International Airport London, I had always just assumed a clear, zip sealed toiletries bag that I purchased for $5 was acceptable. It had been all over the world, but at Stansted these are not acceptable and they give you their own ziplock plastic bags at security.
First Zip Lock Bag: I use one ziplock bag for all my liquids (remember all liquids have to be under 100ml)
- Shampoo (2in1)
- Dry Shampoo
- Liquid Makeup/counselor
- Body wash
- Face wash
- Roll on perfume
- Hand Sanitizer
Second Zip Lock Bag: The other, I put everything else I may need that isn’t a liquid
- Makeup brushes
- Blush/eyeshadow/ bronzer
- Feminine care
- Makeup wipes
- Hair brush
When I go for a short weekend away, I do not take my laptop. As hard as it is, for such a short amount of time, I never am able to find the time to sit on my laptop as I am always super super busy.
- Camera (Olympus OMD EM5 Mark 2 and ONE lens)
- Go Pro
- Phone (which stays on my person at all times)
Documents is the most important and central part of all your packing, without these your trip may not even be possible. It is a smart idea to have a travel document zipped organiser so all your documents are safe in one place.
- Visas (if necessary – each country has different visa requirements)
- Travel insurance
- Any other important documents that may be relevant to you
As well as all this, for the next five months and the past 2 months, when I have left England I have needed to take a signed official University letter stating my short-term visa rights as a student studying abroad in England (from Australia).