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Travel Essentials for a Weekend Trip

I’ve shared my travel essentials for a long flight and today, want to talk about those weekend getaways. As a former over-packer who now only brings the essentials, I’ve rounded up a checklist of what I always pack when I’m only away for a few nights.

Outfits

I try to bring just one outfit per day that I can take from morning until night. Wear jeans twice, rotate tops, and bring one light piece of outerwear that’s easy to pack (like this trench). Since I can’t walk around in heels all day (or at all, really) I comfortable sneakers, loafers, or sandals, and boots for winter.

Here are some of my favorite basics for traveling

Adidas

Gazelle Sneakers

Cute and comfortable–perfect for walking around.
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Vince

Slip On Sneakers

Comfortable and chic! Win-win.
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Gucci

Princetown Loafers

A little pricey but timeless and so comfortable. I walked all over Portugal in these guys with zero foot pain.
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Frame

Skinny Jeans

These are my favorite skinny jeans. They're stretchy and comfortable but don't stretch too much, so you can wear them a few times, and they come in a few colors including white and black!
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White & Warren

Cashmere Travel Scarf

I bring this on every trip since it works as a wrap, scarf, and blanket on the flight, too.
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Sole Society

Tassel Crossbody

Crossbody bags with a flap top are ideal for keeping your things covered and close to your body
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Luggage

Depending on the length of the trip, I usually bring my Away carry on – I have the original (smaller) one. I usually throw a duffel bag with my laptop, purse, camera, and essentials for the flight on top, and keep that under my seat. And these bags are great for Type A neat freaks, not that I’d know anything about that.

Cuyana

Le Sud Weekender

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Away

Carry On

This spinner is so light and easy to use and bonus – it charges your phone!
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Toiletries

Cuyana

Travel Case Set

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Bobbi Brown

Cleansing Oil, Moisturizer, and Eye Cream

My favorite products in mini sizes, and now I have these bottles to refill for future trips!
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Skin Laundry

Cleansing Cloths

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Nars

Mini Bush/Bronzer Duo

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Benefit

Brow Zings

I don't wear a lot of makeup but always (always!) fill in my brows with this
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Charlotte Tillbury

Foundation

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Urban Decay

Eyeliner

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T3

Straightening Iron

I don't usually bring a hair dryer but always bring one of these to straighten and wave my hair
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Oribe

Dry Texturizing Spray

One of the few products I buy in travel size because it's heaven and I need it always
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Quip

Electric Toothbrush

Perfect for travel because it's battery operated (and lasts for about 3 months!)
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Bag-All

Heat Resistant Hair Iron Bag

If you're always running late, this makes last-minute touch-ups on the go a breeze.
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What are your go-to travel essentials?

  • I’m sure you’re a pro at this, but my travel “trick” is to pack neutrals. Jeans and basic tops. I prefer texture (like some lace or eyelet, a cute silk ruffle sleeve) to pattern, that way, I know everything matches everything else. Since the bottoms and tanks/tees are basic, I’ll maybe pack a cardigan that has a pattern or a cute floral silk bomber jacket for evenings. Always a light scarf. And at least 1 dress that can be worn casually or dressed up with some jewelry.

    • Danielle Moss

      That’s all I own. Haha. Great tip though!

    • Jane Connors

      Yes – neutrals all the way! I find it’s so much easier to mix n’ match. Also, since I started traveling using just a carry-on and 1 small bag I use the 2 shoe rule – 1 pair that’s casual and 1 that can be dressed up. Shoes can really eat up space, quick.

  • Erica H

    The link for the jeans doesn’t seem to be working–it links right back to this post!

  • Thank you for this post and great list. I need to reduce what I pack for short weekends! Saving this post for many upcoming weekend trips!

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