Be it for a sleepover, school camp or weekend away with friends, every mum has said to their kids ‘pack an extra pair of undies’. It is a parental right of passage. While generally this is good advice, how much is too much when packing for a weekend away?
Here are our top 10 tips for packing for a weekend away.
It’s a weekend not a week
Pack for the length of time that you are heading away. If it is the weekend, one small bag should do the trick.
Bring clothes you wear
Don’t decide you’re going to wear something you haven’t worn in 5 years. You’re not going to do it (unless of course you’re going to the beach for the first time in a while, then do pack your swimsuit). We’re talking jeans, shoes etc that haven’t seen the light of day for yonks.
Pack for the occasion
Look at the weather forecast and think about what you have planned. Lot’s of walking? Bring walking shoes. A fancy meal out? Bring your dinnerwares. The beach? A hat and sunscreen
Choose your luggage
This can make a huge difference to your holiday. The holiday begins the moment you leave home and if you need to carry a bag on your shoulder, this could become painful and slow you down very quickly. Investing in a lightweight shell suitcase with spinner wheels could make all the difference.
In the lead up to the trip, you may find yourself toward the end of a shampoo bottle or roll of toothpaste. Set this aside and pack it when you leave. This will make your bag lighter and it saves the waste of small bottles. Try and have this packed the night before and still out so that you can use everything in the morning then throw it in your bag and head off on your adventures.
Remember your medication
This is absolutely critical and should be one of the first things you pack. Make sure you are organised and if for some reason you’re changing time zones, talk to your doctor about when you should take your medication.
Shoes shoes shoes
Wear your heaviest shoes when you’re travelling to your destination and pack your lightest, smallest shoes. Also, think about where you plan to go. For a weekend generally 2 pairs of shoes will do.
Pack your tech
Remember to bring your camera, phone and chargers. Replacement chargers can be expensive. If you have many things to charge, try packing a 4-pin plug / multibox. Then you know you have enough sockets no matter where you go.
Eye mask and earplugs
Depending on where you’re going and who you’re staying with, these can be a life saviour. You may not need them at all but the curtains may be thinner than you expected letting light in and the neighbours may have a crying baby or playing music. These can make a big difference!
Pack an extra pair of undies
Remember what your mum said – you never know what may happen!
Enjoy your trip! Do you have any holiday’s or short breaks planned? We’d love to hear about it.