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How To Pack For a Weekend Trip in a Carry on Case

I like to think I’m a pretty organised person, but it is no secret that I am an over packer. So when it comes to weekend breaks/nights away I pack a lot. Check out my Packing Guide To a Mini Sun Break I have always struggled with putting outfits together in my head before I travel and always end having a top that doesn’t go with any bottoms or vice versus, but I’ve learnt a few tips along the way.

For Christmas my mum bought me Packing Cubes. I have seen a few posts about these but never really crossed my mind to purchase. But if you do one thing after you read this post, please let it be buying some cubes.For my birthday last year, I asked my mum for a good suitcase. I have never owned my own suitcase, as I always borrowed from family members/friends. I was bought a Linea Weston 4 wheels hardcase suitcase. If you have never owned a suitcase with 4 wheels then you have not lived. You know when you’re walking down a busy street or through a busy airport and you’re trying to manoeuvre your luggage behind you and people end up kicking you/suitcase, well with four wheels you can stand it up right and just push it along beside you and if people do your head in, barge them. (I’m joking…maybe)

Here are a few tips to help you pack better;

Travel outfit(s) – the first thing I think about is a travel outfit. The last thing I want on a long 5 hour train ride/2 hour plane journey is too feel uncomfortable or be too hot/cold. I lay out my travel outfit and place it on top of my suitcase until it’s time to put it on.

Lay out clothes – As I mentioned above, I have always struggled with pre planned outfits. So I tend to pull out more clothes than needed from my wardrobe and lay out outfits. This way I can see when I can re-use a pair of jeans or if I think I need to take extra layers.

Accessories/shoes – once you have your clothes laid out, you can see what shoes goes with what outfit or if you want to wear a certain piece of jewellery with a certain top. If you are doing any activities that require certain accessories such as a wetsuit these can also be added to the accessory pile.

Categorize toiletries – I’m an amateur when it comes to packing toiletries, I just shove it in the net zip part of my case and hope for the best but I have recently learnt to categorize into Skin care, make up, hair and eyes (I wear contacts) this is when the cubes come in super handy again.

Weather permitting – packing when you are not sure what the weather is going to be like if the hardest of all. After laying out all my outfits and extra bits, I like to add a jumper & a hat if I know it may be cold, I will always carry a bikini in my bag also because you just never know where you may end up.

Travel documents/bag access – Whatever you do, keep your travel documents separate from everything else. The last thing you want is to be standing at the check in desk rummaging through your bag looking for your passport. A travel document holder is perfect for this, and its great place to store your Polaroid/instant snaps too as they won’t bend!


I always start off with more than I need and then I TRY and condense it down. But I have been very good the last couple of trips. I also find handy to leave out my toiletries until the day of departure, just so you can use them until need be and then put them in the case before you leave.

How To Pack For a Weekend Trip


My biggest tip with liquids, is to make sure you only put actual liquids in a plastic baggy.

Here’s a list of items that have to go in the plastic baggy;

    • Foundation/concealer/mascara & eyeliner.
    • Moisturiser/BB cream with SPF.
    • Roll on perfume (a lot of places have caught on to the roll on including Zara & Primark)
    • 200ml Conditioner – I find that hotels always have 2 in 1 shampoo/conditioners which leave my hair super dry so bringing just a conditioner to keep the frizz at bay.
    • Suntan lotion.
    • Roll on deodorant/travel size aerosol.
    • Travel sized toothpaste
    • Mini dry shampoo (only if needed)

Also here’s a list of items that can stay in your suitcase when going through security;

    • Face
      wipes (awful for your skin, but if you don’t have room for your usual make up remover).
    • Solid make up, such as powders.
    • Hairbrush.
    • Painkillers (paracetamol/ibuprofen).
    • Toothbrush.

Most of the time I can’t fit everything into the plastic bags. So I will take the items that I can’t buy wherever I’m going, and pop into a store when I arrive at my destination and grab some cheap deodorant/toothpaste. If I know the weather is going to be warm, I will make sure I take SPF with me as buying lotion when abroad is very expensive.

My next mini adventure is this weekend, and I’m off to Leeds!


Linea Medium Suitcase here (currently selling for £48 down from £160, BARGAIN!)
Leopard Packing Cubes here
Instax Mini 70 here.

What are your tips on packing for a weekend break?Does anyone else use Packing Cubes?

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  • Reply Lacy Ngo

    Such a detailed list! It included all those little things we often forget. I love the idea of laying out your outfits and looking at them.

    May 24, 2018 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Carleene Glasgow

    I always travel with so much useless stuff. Thanks for the tips

    May 24, 2018 at 11:04 am
  • Reply alison netzer

    I travel all the time, whether near or far and still can't get it right or forget things. Great article, but when packing for 5, I still will forget!

    May 24, 2018 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Heather Eyre

    Great list! I have packing down to a science, too. Having a list is so helpful!

    May 24, 2018 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Maggie McKneely

    Shoes are my thing – i always pack too many, but i just never know what the weather will be like!! 🤣 I’ve never heard of packing cubes! They sound like a great idea though.

    May 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Heather Ewert

    Packing cubes are the best thing ever to keep organized when packing for any kind of trip! You have some great pointers I will be sure to remember when I pack for my next trip 🙂

    May 28, 2018 at 1:54 pm
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