My cousin is getting married in the Bay Area this weekend, so my boyfriend and I will be taking a road trip up there for our “adventure out of the city” this week. Earlier this month, we made it a point to explore somewhere new or see a place we rarely frequent just to get away from the busy city every now and then. I used to road trip over to San Diego practically every weekend when David lived there, and from doing it so many times, I’ve definitely learned what needs to come with me and what can stay at home. Overpacking used to be a big issue, and I know many are still trying to perfect packing just the right amount for that on-the-go life. Most of the time, I’m able to pack all my essentials in one small luggage and be totally fine (yes, I got over the withdrawals of having to literally bring my whole bedroom since the early days).
With the holidays coming up, I anticipate that many of you will be traveling. From my experience, not overpacking helps a lot because it gives you room to buy fun souvenirs or simply less carrying weight! For those who need a little help simplifying, here’s a quick run down of what I like to bring with me on any weekend road trip this time of year.
This one can be pretty tricky, because it’s hard to not bring your entire make-up collection with you, right?! Well, after some years, I’ve managed to narrow down to the bare essentials, which consists of a neutral/versatile eyeshadow palette, mascara, lip gloss, foundation, blush, and a few other little things that can all fit into one travel-sized make-up bag.
I usually wear 1 outfit (obviously!) and a versatile tote bag, and pack 2 other sets of clothing & a swimsuit. Even if the trip doesn’t necessarily entail swimming, you just never know when or how you’ll end up at the pool or beach, especially now that it’s warm and sunny out! I even learned from my winter road trip last year that I should have brought my bikini with me then… but didn’t have the foresight that maybe, just maybe… I might be swimming during my travels to the east coast. Surprisingly, there were warm areas that would have been doable, but because I didn’t have any swimwear, I missed out! As for clothing, I make sure to pack plenty of undergarments, a strapless and/or sticky bra, and a bralette. Then, I’ll decide on either a dress or tee/shorts combo (for day wear), a shirt/jeans/jacket combo (for cooler nights), and a comfortable fitness-appropriate combo (for any physical activity). Not many outfits, but definitely enough to cover you for the weekend. Technically, you only need two… but if you can fit a third, why not? Just don’t overdo it 😉 For my trip this weekend specifically, I’ll also be bringing a dress to wear to the wedding, of course.
Not going to lie — I try not to pack too much jewelry, if any at all. The reason for this is because they tend to tangle and I just don’t have the time or patience to deal with that! So, I layer on some versatile jewelry with the outfit I already am wearing… and just basically wear the same thing with the other outfits I have packed. Mix and match. My cousin’s wedding is themed 1920’s/The Great Gatsby, so I’ll be bringing a statement necklace and a feather hair pin to complete my look.
Usually, I’ll bring a pair of nice heels, comfortable sandals, and booties (or running shoes if hiking). If you’re more of a sneaker kinda’ gal, then feel free to substitute your booties for these to save room. It’s really hard for me to narrow down my choices on shoes because I feel so attached to my entire shoe collection to leave the rest behind… but gotta do what I gotta do!
HYGIENE & PERSONAL CARE
Can’t forget about hygiene on any trip! I try to keep this as simple as possible (again, it’s hard to not bring my entire face routine items). Staples include deodorant, sunblock, make-up remover wipes, a razor, face wash, travel-sized shampoo and conditioner if I’m not staying at a hotel, some hair ties, and perfume.
Even when I’m on “vacation,” I can’t NOT bring my laptop. Ever since I got my iMac, I haven’t really been working on my laptop so it will actually feel like I’m working on the go on my laptop this weekend! Other essentials I’m sure to pack are chargers, headphones, and my Instax mini camera!
Have I missed anything? What are the essentials that you must pack for mini vacations or weekend getaways? xx