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How to Pack the Ultimate Weekender Bag

Travel season is finally upon us which it means it’s about that time to pull out your trusty weekender bag and hit the road. But before you can jet off, you need to figure out how to back your bag and what items you’ll absolutely need, no matter where you’re headed or what you plan on doing. Rather than waiting until the absolute last minute to pack your bag, get a head start with these genius tips so you can simply grab your bag and go when the moment calls. We’ll give you the rundown on the things you need to ensure you have the best weekend ever, every single time!


Step 1: The clothes


Even if you’re not the most dedicated to fashion, your selection of clothing serves the most important part of your weekend getaway (unless you’re going to a nudist retreat!). Before diving into your wardrobe, be sure to consider the following:

  1. What kind of climate can you expect from your destination?

  2. How many days will you need clothing for?

  3. What kind of weather should you anticipate?

  4. What activities do you plan on doing?

With these questions at the forefront of your mind, you’ll be better prepared to dress appropriately for the weekend. Rather than blindly packing your favorite jeans and tees, make sure those signature pieces will fare the snowy mountaintops or tropical cabanas.

We recommend packing the following for a 3-day weekend:

  1. Four casual shirts (button-down or t-shirts)

  2. Three pairs of bottoms

  3. 3 pairs of underwear and socks

  4. Swimwear (if necessary)

  5. One sweater or jacket

Step 2: The shoes


Packing more than two pairs of shoes for a weekend getaway only works to make your bag heavier. Try to keep your shoe count as low as possible (and don’t forget to count the shoes you’ll leave in!). Versatility reigns supreme when it comes to footwear. Whether you’re sightseeing by foot, spending time with family, or relaxing by the beach, you’ll want to make sure your soles survive your schedule.


Packing the proper shoes means taking into consideration the activities you plan on participating in over the weekend. Be sure to run through your weekend’s schedule before deciding on your perfect getaway shoes.


Consider the following shoe types for supreme versatility:

  1. Slip-on shoes

  2. Lace-up trainers

  3. Casual oxfords

  4. Comfortable, supportive sandals


Step 3: The toiletries

Keeping up with your personal hygiene means taking your home routine on the go. Whether you have an extensive morning and night routine or a simple one, your weekender bag should be equipped with the following essentials to keep you feeling fresh no matter how far from your home bathroom you are.