Weekend Trip Quick List

Here’s a generic list I used for the short weekend trips (3 days max).

Packing list

A recreation of my packing list, which I kept on my iPhone

  • Passport/ID, printed boarding pass(es) and any other necessary travel documents and tickets
  • Directions to get in to the city from the airport, directions to your hostel or hotel (usually provided with your booking)
  • Purse/wallet
  • Enough cash, a debit/credit card (take only one, never keep all of your cards on you)
  • Toiletries — keep in mind the limit for liquids in carry-on luggage (probably¬†100mL limit for US/EU, check for other countries)
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Hair brush/comb
    • Travel-sized bottles of shampoo and conditioner + body wash (or a small bar of soap in a plastic bag)
    • Makeup, face wash and makeup remover (or remover wipes) if needed
    • Tissue pack
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Sunblock
  • Clothes — can vary depending on the climate
    • Weather-appropriate outerwear (coat, jacket, sweater, cardigan, etc.) — thick items like coats should be worn on the plane to save room
    • 1 pair of jeans (wearing on the plane)
    • A good pair of walking shoes (wearing on the plane)
    • Two tops total, three if you’re really picky about re-wearing clothes
    • Two or three clean pairs of undies (around three total)
    • Two pairs of socks (three total)
  • Miscellaneous — other items specifically for if you plan to stay in a hostel (read why you should bring these here)
    • Thin towel for showers
    • Flip flops/shower shoes
    • Padlock(s) for securing items
  • Electronics
    • Camera+ battery (fully charged), extra memory card(s) if you take a lot of photos
    • Any necessary chargers
    • Converter/adapter plugs if needed
    • Cell phone if you have one (make sure you don’t roam if traveling internationally!)
  • Other
    • Small umbrella if the forecast says it’ll rain, or if you’re going somewhere that has frequent showers (ie: London)

Making sure you do not overpack is important for weekend trips because if you are traveling with a small budget airline such as RyanAir (in Europe), the baggage restriction is very small and they are strict about checking that all bags fit. Having a small bag is also more convenient for being on the move. For only three days, you really do not need a lot of clothes. If your jeans are clean when you wear them on the first day, they should be fine for three days of traveling.¬† Packing enough clean clothes for each day is okay if it is something that you might not want to rewear — particularly underwear and socks. However you do not have to wear three different tops for three days, especially if it’s cold and you will be bundled up the whole time and not sweating much. Packing a small amount of clothes is probably the most challenging part, especially for people who want to do a variety of things like go out at night. Be realistic about what you will do and what you would want to be wearing (would you want to be out in a short skirt when it’s winter?). Remember to leave room for anything you may purchase.

Anything I forgot? Leave a comment!



4 responses to “Weekend Trip Quick List

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  2. What kind of suitcase or bag did you bring with you on these short weekend trips? Did you bring your laptop and did you ever worry about the safety of your bags while doing so much train/public transport travel? Thanks!

    • Hey Paige,

      I unfortunately didn’t think ahead to bring a weekend bag when I packed. In the beginning I used my regular-sized school backpack by Jansport but I don’t recommend this because it’s way too small. My bag was always stuffed to the brim so I couldn’t really buy anything new on weekend trips. I ended up getting a bigger backpack for 12 euros at a Chinese store in Barcelona (you can find them all around the city) but the quality wasn’t very good and my strap broke off and I had to pay to have it re-stitched and reinforced. If you can, consider making your carry-on bag your weekend bag. If you want to fly like I recommended in my email, I always used RyanAir and their baggage dimension limit is: 55cm x 40cm x 20cm; handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc. must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage.

      I never brought my laptop on the weekends since I didn’t have a need for it. I brought my iPhone instead. Hostels vary with security but usually I felt safe about keeping my stuff in lockers. Always keep an eye out if your bags are stored far away from you, and if you’re napping in a station or airport during a layover, do it in shifts.

      Hope this helped!

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