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What to Pack for a Weekend Road Trip

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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.


MAKE-UP BAG

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.

CLOTHES

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.

JEWELRY

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.

SHOES

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.

OTHER ESSENTIALS

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

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189 Comments
  • molly
    October 24, 2016

    Awesome post! I don’t go anywhere without my beauty blender 🙂

    Xx
    Molly
    http://www.trendychickadee.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      I’m the same way! Thank you, Molly! xo

  • The Fashion Folks
    October 24, 2016

    So much fun with a weekend/road trip for a wedding! And love the balance of comfy shoes/a pair of heels. So good to do it that way, and a simple way of keeping it chic! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      I’m really excited for it! Thanks for stopping by! xo

  • Maryam
    October 24, 2016

    Such a great post! It’s always interesting for me to know what other people pack. I usually over pack 🙂 one thing I have to have though is my perfume!

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Maryam! I totally agree! Perfume is a must, and so is deodorant 🙂 I am a sucker for overpacking… lol… but doing better!

  • Jasmin Marie
    October 24, 2016

    Such a great post, as always! I’m always sure to pack a bikini because as you said, you just never know when you’ll need one! 🙂 happy Monday!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Jasmin! I KNOW! I didn’t expect it to be warm when I went to the east coast in December but surprisingly there were totally moments where I could have taken advantage of the pool/spa. LESSON LEARNED! 😉

  • Christine Kong
    October 24, 2016

    How fun, sounds like a great trip and a fab opportunity for photo shoots! =) I am usually a light packer and take only the essentials. I stick to basics and add statement with jackets and shoes and accessories. I love all the essentials you have here. Have such a fun trip Sharon! Can’t wait to see the pics when you get back. xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Christine! It won’t be a long getaway, mostly for my cousin’s wedding and attending related festivities but I’m definitely hoping to shoot some stuff of my own while I’m there or on my way back or something 🙂 You literally have the best travel style! Come pack my bag for me babe! 😉 haha! xo

  • Candace
    October 24, 2016

    I have learned to condense my makeup bag since I honestly hate doing my makeup on vacation anyway, haha! Jewelry is still a work in progress. I think I want to accessorize and I usually stick with the same pieces and overpack my jewelry :/ I definitely need to take more of your tips into consideration and pack less. Thanks a bunch for this!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Omg I hate it too… but then vacation is also when I tend to take more photos and want them all to turn out without me looking like a lazy bum who needs way more sleep LOL. I try to just pack the essentials and make do with what I have though!

  • Thomas Falkenstedt
    October 24, 2016

    I’m a sneaker kinda gal so I’ll stick to those, haha. Other than that lil fact I do need to learn how to pack as a normal person again. I actually was able to do that before I began blogging, but now that I’m used to carrying around a suitcase wherever I go for shoots and what not it’s kind of hard to not pack everything in there. I’ve tried to learn to actually try out all the outfits before I travel somewhere and ask myself if I REALLY will use every single garment and try to tell myself I don’t need a whole new outfit for every day in a city where now one knows who I am… But it’s hard. And oh, you did forget one thing… you oughta pack down Babadook too!
    xoxo
    Thomas

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      I WISH I COULD BRING BABADOOK EVERYWHERE 🙁 It sucks that he is a bit high maintenance in that he requires high heat and high humidity at pretty much all times to maintain his health :/ so he will have to stick around here in LA lol. It’d be a dream to build him an on-the-go enclosure even though that doesn’t sound very plausible since he’s getting so big. Haha!

  • Barbara Serrano
    October 24, 2016

    Great picks, love! I can’t leave the house without at least 3 pairs of shoes so I totally can relate when you say you always feel tempted to bring your entire shoe collection haha! Have a wonderful trip 🙂

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Right?! I can’t have enough of SHOES! Thanks hun xo

  • Miranda Sterling
    October 24, 2016

    I can’t go on any trip without my laptop either! I know vacations are meant for enjoying and not working but I just need to have it with me at all times just in case haha. Love your road trip picks!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thank you, Miranda! I know how you feel!!!

  • brittany
    October 24, 2016

    LIVING for that makeup bag!!

    http://www.outofofficeny.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks love!

  • Jessi Malay
    October 24, 2016

    Great post babe!! I’ve been travelling so much lately, so these packing tips definitely come in handy!!! For Make-Up, I also make sure to bring the most versatile palettes I have to save space!! Same goes for jewelry!! <3

    XO, Jessi
    http://www.mywhitet.com/6-denim-trends-you-need-this-fall/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Jessi! I think bringing versatile palettes is a must as well; my go-to is the Lorac Pro Palette which I use on the daily anyway so it works out really nicely!

  • Stephanie
    October 24, 2016

    These are definitely the essentials for any trip! I always try to pack pieces of clothing that I can mix and match. I used to even do that when I would go to visit B for two weeks in Florida. Even though I was only bringing a bag that was barely bigger than a carry-on, I somehow managed to have space for more than two weeks worth of outfits, because I would double-wear so many of the pieces, just in different ways! It’s even more fun doing that in the fall and winter because layering is so much easier! Love your list! Have a great time at the wedding – a Great Gatsby theme sounds fun!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      That’s a great idea! Actually when my boyfriend used to live in San Diego and I would go out there on weekends and sometimes stay into the week, I would do the same… just pack a ton of versatile stuff that can be worn with a ton of other things and just mix and match! It really does save a ton of space and allows me to pack lightly. I’ll have to remember to do that this weekend! Thanks for the reminder 😉 xo

  • Face to Curls
    October 24, 2016

    Great picks and ideas! I always have to have my laptop with me at all times.

    Ann-Marie | http://facetocurls.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks love! x

  • Tori
    October 24, 2016

    oh wooow😍 Can’t wait to see this dress on you!
    Perfect Essentials for traveling my dear! Nothing more to add!!

    xx
    Tori – https://abouttori.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Tori! xx

  • Denise Fry
    October 24, 2016

    All the jewelry pieces you’ve picked out here are to die for! Great taste, Sharon! For me, I tend to overpack on beauty essentials because my skin can sometimes react to drastic weather changes and I just have to be prepared at all times. Thanks for sharing and have fun this weekend!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thank you dear! I’m the same way actually… I always fear breaking out when I’m going somewhere new/unfamiliar haha

  • Miki
    October 24, 2016

    This is a great list. I used to overpack but I couldn’t stand dragging around big bags. lol Sounds like you’ll have tons of fun on this trip with a wedding and some time to explore. I haven’t been to San Francisco yet, but plan to head out there in a month to see family. It feels really weird to travel within country this much lol I’m used to flying out internationally since we don’t have good discount airlines flying within country back in Canada. Haha. Some perks of living in the US. Enjoy your trip!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamdoe.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      I am the same way!! I hate carrying big and heavy luggage LOL. So, I’ve definitely forced myself to cut down. San Francisco is a beautiful place, though generally a bit too cold for my liking, haha. I think you’d love your time there though! I’m looking forward to reading a blog post on your visit there next month 😉 xo

  • Jo
    October 24, 2016

    What a great post Sharon! I’ve learned so much from you as I ALWAYS over pack when I travel no matter what length of the trip. I only ended up wearing possible half of the clothes I brought :)! I love what essentials you normally pack!

    Sounds like a great trip!! I have been to Bay Area and it’s gorgeous!! Have fun!!

    xo,
    Jo
    http://www.glamfashionbook.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Jo! So glad to hear that you found this post helpful! I am the same way if I don’t try to cut down; I would literally bring my entire room with me! Including my lizard if I could lol 😉

  • Anna
    October 24, 2016

    Sounds like an exciting trip — and a Great Gatsby themed wedding?! Sounds so fun and perfect in time for Halloween! Have a blast babe!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Anna! Yess! My cousin decided to make it a festive occasion haha 😉

  • Raysa Garcia
    October 24, 2016

    How exciting! Love all your picks. 🙂
    Grea post. Xx, Raysa

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Raysa! xo

  • Atsuna
    October 24, 2016

    Yay babe have fun on your road trip! I can’t wait to see the pictures you guys take in the Bay Area cause I love to see travel photos and congrats on your cousins wedding.

    xoxo
    http://www.atsunamatsui.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Atsuna! Hopefully the weather will cooperate but otherwise I think it’ll be a blast! 🙂 xo

  • Aleeha
    October 24, 2016

    I know right, it’s so annoying when jewellry gets tangled!
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Yes! Definitely. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Amy Loochtan
    October 24, 2016

    that wedding theme sounds like a dream!
    Coffee Beans and Bobby Pins

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Amy! It will be a ton of fun for sure 🙂 x

  • Destiny
    October 24, 2016

    LOVE those purple velvet platform heels! Ahhh! Need those in my closet ASAP. Thanks for sharing your road trip picks! Love them all xo

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      I know right?! I love them too! Obsessed with all things velvet lol <3

  • Gigi
    October 24, 2016

    Agree with the swim suit comment! You never know when you are going to need it! And I’m with you on the shoes, its so hard to pick only a few! xx

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      So true right?! Haha so glad you can relate babe! xo

  • Kandja Sylla
    October 24, 2016

    Just in time for my upcoming trip! I tend to pack some make up during a trip since I also take a lot of pictures lol! I also don’t pack much jewelry unless I’ll be attending a formal event or something. Great post again Sharon! xx

    http://www.prettyweirdbombshell.com/get-the-best-sleep/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      I’m the same way babe! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a fun trip 🙂 xo

  • Jules
    October 24, 2016

    Love this! I always used to overpack, but now I’ve just learned to live with it if I forget something. Great tips! <3 x

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Yes! I’m the same way despite how OCD I can get when I forget something lol

  • Morgan
    October 24, 2016

    For makeup I usually go with concealer (because I have dark under eyes that need to be covered), mascara to look awake, & something simple like a sample size foundation or a bb creme. Sometimes an eyeshadow palette if I’m going to be somewhere where I really want to look good. Planning clothes is the hardest part for me. So many weather conditions to account for!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Sounds like you’ve got the perfect travel make-up kit girl! x

  • Aldora
    October 24, 2016

    Thanks for the tips – I usually will overpack and this post comes in handy since I’ll be traveling sometime next month 😉

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thank you for stopping by, Aldora! xx

  • Gina Diaz
    October 24, 2016

    Wow, Thats exciting Sharon! I love road trips, cant wait to hear about yours. Thank you for all these great tips babe, I for sure don’t go anywhere without my beauty products. Xx, Gina

    http://WWW.ARTSYRUNWAY.COM

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Gina! I do too — they’re so fun 🙂 Beauty products are musts for me as well!

  • Cece Lam
    October 24, 2016

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us 🙂 definitely necessities when packing for a trip!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 24, 2016

      Thanks, Cece! xx

  • Lydia webb
    October 24, 2016

    You are packing some great stuff! Have fun on your trip!

    Xo, Lydia
    http://Www.jettingjewels.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Lydia! x

  • Michelle Sun
    October 24, 2016

    Such a helpful and detailed post babe! I’ve been meaning to write a “What’s In My Bag/Luggage” type post sometime soon and this just inspires me to do it sooner rather than later, haha! I also agree with the jewelry – I try to not bring too much on a trip because I can’t stand the tangled mess either :p Love how you attached all of the products you use/bring on a trip!

    – Michelle Sun
    @missmisschelle
    http://www.missmisschelle.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Michelle! I would really love to read your “What’s In My Bag” post! 😉 xx

  • Jenn
    October 24, 2016

    Ahh another busy weekend but all in good vibes! Hope you have a lovely little getaway and you get to rest some bit! These essentials are perfect. I used to find myself over packing too, but who wants to lug around a heavy bag of things you won’t actually use? I can’t go anywhere without my laptop either haha but I do make sure to relax in between work if need be. And yess, a bikini is always a must. Never know when you have the perfect opportunity to go for a dip or spend some time soaking the sun. Can’t wait to see photos when you come back!

    XO Jenn
    http://www.jennsemble.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Jenn! I am hoping I’ll have the opportunity for a dip this weekend as I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out lately. I know my bikini will definitely be coming with me regardless haha 🙂

  • Jenni
    October 24, 2016

    I love road trips, they’re so fun! I totally agree with the shoes part. I have a hard time choosing which shoes to bring with me when I travel. Great post as always. 🙂

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Jenni! Shoes are my weaknesses, too!

  • Eva
    October 24, 2016

    What a great post! Lovely picks

    Thanks for sharing!

    xxx, Eva
    http://www.dark-rebel.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Eva!

  • diana
    October 24, 2016

    my problem overpacking. and I travel almost every 3 months. I don’t think I will ever learn how to pack smart! But still thanks for sharing!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      I’m the same way if I’m going on extended travel (i.e. not a short weekend getaway or quick road trip). I will definitely have to practice packing smarter for these longer vacations. So lucky you get to travel every 3 months!

  • Linh
    October 24, 2016

    Have a fun time at the wedding love! I cannot wait to see pictures! I am slowly learning how to pack light! I can never seem to do so haha But thanks for the tip! It is much needed! I am the same way when traveling, sometimes I don’t bother packing jewelry because I tend to just misplace them if I am not at home. Haha

    Love Linh
    http://xcapewithlinh.com/the-minimalist-guide/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Linh! You’re all about closet minimalism and I’m trying to keep my luggage this weekend minimal too 😉 hehe xo

  • Bernice
    October 25, 2016

    Thanks for this post Sharon! Packing for a weekend can be sometimes more daunting than packing for a long trip as you don’t want to pack too much or too little!

    http://www.bunnybernice.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you for reading, Bernice! I totally get that struggle, haha.

  • Mahi
    October 25, 2016

    nice post… all are essential for travel…
    http://thestyleride.com/romwe-overalls/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Mahi! x

  • Tina
    October 25, 2016

    I’m totally with you on this packing list! And omgosh seriously, I can’t get over your site layout. This is the coolest way to showcase a packing list!

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Tina! You’re so sweet xo

  • Julia (The Velvet Runway)
    October 25, 2016

    Great post! I am always guilty of overpacking, so I will try to apply your tips next week, as I am off to Tenerife for a week – hand luggage only!
    I’m quite good at the beauty part and I rarely take jewellery as I hate it when it gets tangled too, but my big problem is shoes!! I never know which to take and always take the wrong ones – if I need flats I only have heels etc…..
    Hope you have/had a great trip and that the wedding went well!
    Julia x
    http://www.thevelvetrunway.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Sounds like a fun trip ahead love! Shoes are tough because it’s hard to narrow them down, and they seem to take up the most space in my luggage for me. The wedding isn’t until this coming weekend but I have no doubt it will be a ton of fun!

  • Jo
    October 25, 2016

    Great list of essentials! I always try to cut down on the amount of beauty products I take with me when traveling, but it’s so darn hard! I’m still working on it 😀

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      I totally feel ya girl! Thanks for stopping by xo

  • Daniel
    October 25, 2016

    Great post! 🙂

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

    New Post: Wireless Earphone

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Daniel!

  • kelly
    October 25, 2016

    I want every piece of jewelry you pictured!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Kelly! So happy to hear you love what you saw 😉

  • Fe
    October 25, 2016

    Awesome post and great list Sharon! I totally agree about the bathing suit and the laptop lol. I will take these two items almost everywhere I go. Have fun in the Bay area and can’t wait to see your beautiful photos!

    xoxo
    Fe
    http://www.fesamaia.com/5-amazing-things-you-can-find-at-the-flea-market/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Fe!

  • Darlene
    October 25, 2016

    Such great tips and I love what’s inside your bag! I’m planning a road trip next week and I’ll make sure to come back to this post and make sure I have everything ready! enough is never enough!

    http://www.thenewgirl.me

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Darlene! Hope you have fun on your road trip next week xo

  • Aiko Cunanan
    October 25, 2016

    Great tips! All the things a girl could ever need! I know I can’t travel without my laptop, clothes and makeup too 🙂 Oh and camera! Have a fun trip <3

    xo,

    aikocunanan.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Aiko! Hope you’re having a great week so far xo

  • JASCHEN
    October 25, 2016

    Congratulations to your cousin! And a Gatsby-themed wedding sounds amazing, enjoy! PS. such great tips, thanks for sharing.
    xoxo Jasmine | http://www.mysuitcasejourneys.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Jasmine! It’s going to be a ton of fun 🙂 x

  • Emam
    October 25, 2016

    Great post. Love all the shoes you selected.

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model | http://www.emmanmh.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you so much!

  • Carlee McDot
    October 25, 2016

    I have gotten “racecation” packing down to a science… But it takes a ton of practice to perfect the art of weekend getaways!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      So true!

  • Kumba
    October 25, 2016

    Omg your blog layout is so cool. I was just scrolling up and down for about 5 minutes before I even started reading the post! This is definitely my go-to checklist now for my trip Fort Willam over the weekend.

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you so much for stopping by! You’re so sweet! Glad you liked what you saw. Have a wonderful trip to Fort William this weekend! x

  • Tiffany Grace Devereaux
    October 25, 2016

    Omg so true about brining a swim suite! I always greet if I don’t. Nice pairing down your make up, you’re a better woman than I! I neeeed this tire bag!!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Tiffany! I couldn’t agree more 🙂

  • Tessy
    October 25, 2016

    Perfect post, thanks for the tip dearie.

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks for reading, Tessy! xo

  • Sydney Style Blogger
    October 25, 2016

    I love this post! Everything is so neatly set out that I can create a list for our next weekend away! Thank for sharing Sharon

    http://www.sydney-styleblogger.blogspot.com.au

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks, Sydney! Glad you enjoyed the post xo

  • Stylehue
    October 25, 2016

    I love the layout of this post, and I totally agree on the makeup thing 🙂 hahah
    I also agree on bringing a swimsuit. I have had so many situations where I did not bring one, but wish I did!

    Hope you have fun at the wedding and roadtrip <3

    xo
    http://style-hue.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you so much hun! xo

  • samira radmehr
    October 25, 2016

    such an awesome post babe! I always have such a hard time packing and this post really had some great tips so thank you!

    xo, samira

    http://www.leathertolunch.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Samira! Glad you found the tips helpful xo

  • Ellie
    October 25, 2016

    Such a fab, helpful post!! I always pack far too much even for a weekend away! Great tips.

    Ellie
    Maplesyrupandteacups.blogspot.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you babe! I am the same way and needed this post as a reminder to take it easy on the packing, haha. xx

  • Lizzie Braicks
    October 25, 2016

    Your blog is BEAUTIFUL and this makes me inspired to want to go on an adventure soon!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you so much, Lizzie! I hope you do go on an adventure soon 🙂 x

  • Carmen
    October 25, 2016

    I can relate about the shoes. It is so hard to narrow down my shoe options when going on a trip! But it must be done. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      I know, right?! The worst part is, they seem to take up the most space… haha.

  • Kyla
    October 25, 2016

    I am SUCH an overpacker! I can’t help it! You think I would know better by now since it’s part of my job! I agree with you on the chargers! The more the better!
    Kyla
    wanderlustkyla.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      LOL! Yes, I actually imagined you might be a pro at this since you’re such a jetsetter! I guess I don’t need to feel so bad about my tendency to overpack naturally haha.

  • Samantha Sito
    October 25, 2016

    Love this post darlin!! It’s always a dilemma when I pack because I pack with #ootd shoots in mind hahah

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      ME TOO! Haha! The struggle is real… lol

  • Katrina Fernandez
    October 25, 2016

    This is really informative. I absolutely agree with this, I always make sure that I bring my lovely stuff. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Katrina | Instagram: @katrinaisha
    Check out my post Banggood

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thank you, Katrina! xx

  • francesca
    October 25, 2016

    I always enjoy reading your blog because of the layout. it’s so easy to skim through! love the post
    xx Francesca
    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

    • Sharon Wu
      October 25, 2016

      Thanks for the feedback babe! I appreciate it 🙂 xx

  • shaine
    October 26, 2016

    Great post love! This is really helpful and Oh, thanks for sharing this with us!

    Xo, Shaine
    Bad Habits

    • Sharon Wu
      October 26, 2016

      Thank you! xo

  • Adelina
    October 26, 2016

    Such a beautiful post!! I loved all your picks and wish you a safe trip up North!! Congrats to your cousin!! xox, Adelina

    http://www.thecharmingolive.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 26, 2016

      Thanks, Adelina! xo

  • Maca
    October 26, 2016

    Say what? I LOVED this post so bad! I think i need to print a copy lol.
    xo,
    Maca

    http://www.heymaca.ca

    • Sharon Wu
      October 26, 2016

      Thanks dear! xo

  • Andreea Birsan
    October 26, 2016

    Loved reading this article! I love packing a minimal make up bag, and sadly I always bring my laptop with me, haha! Can’t seem to be able to stay away from it. Have a nice day! <3

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 26, 2016

      Thank you babe! So happy to hear you enjoyed the read xo

  • Daria
    October 26, 2016

    Nice post!!!! Actually, I pack way too much!

    XO

    Daria

    http://www.dbkstylez.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 26, 2016

      I’m the same way, haha! Thanks for stopping by xo

  • Chasa Fulkerson``
    October 26, 2016

    That’s such a fun wedding! I try to fit everythign into one suitcase and my suitcase is not a full size suitcase, just meaning it’s not huge. I use that same suitcase for trips that are week long trips plus more or just weekend trips. That way it keeps me in check not to carry too much. I think my probably would be shoes, not so much clothes. I wear the same exact jewelry (which are all studs) and I wear no make up. But I still manage to have trouble packing for weekend trip. I blame it on my travel case, where I keep all my shampoo/conditions/body wash/bandaids. I need to get a smaller one.

    • Sharon Wu
      October 26, 2016

      I’ve found it helpful to get a smaller luggage if I want to pack light too. It totally makes sense that when your luggage is smaller, you’re really forced to cut down on what you take along. The wedding will be a blast for sure! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by xo

  • Leopard Couture
    October 26, 2016

    Fantastic post Sharon! I visit my family every few months for the weekend, and I am always working on packing light! I also have a list saved on my phone, so I can always refer to that every time so I don’t forget anything! Great tips, I hope you have fun at the wedding 🙂 xx- Mitra

    http://leopardcouture.com/how-to-style-oversized-denim-jackets/

    • Sharon Wu
      October 27, 2016

      Thank you hun! I need a handy list in my phone too — I think that would help a lot because I tend to forget some things sometimes.

  • SofiaaDot
    October 26, 2016

    I really want to try the NYX Matte spray!!! 😀

    xx Sofia | SofiaaDot

    • Sharon Wu
      October 27, 2016

      It is totally worth the try 🙂 x

  • Jenn
    October 26, 2016

    Such great suggestions of what (and what not!) to pack! I love the idea of packing one outfit with versatile pieces to mix in!

    • Sharon Wu
      October 27, 2016

      Thank you, Jenn! Versatility is so important when it comes to packing light for getaways.

  • Alessia
    October 27, 2016

    Thank you for your useful post, I couldn’t agree more with all the items you picked!
    xo Alessia

    http://www.fleurdhiver.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 27, 2016

      Thank you for stopping by! xo

  • Anna Elizabeth
    October 27, 2016

    Love this guide, so helpful for packing!! I need to take a weekend trip now 😉

    xo Anna Elizabeth
    http://www.annaelizabethevents.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 27, 2016

      Thanks babe! xo

  • Julie
    October 27, 2016

    So cute! Comfy pjs are a must!

    xo,
    Gem+Elli | gemandelli.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 27, 2016

      Ohhhhh!!! YES!!! That is true… how could I forget that?! Luckily since you’ve reminded me, I’ve slipped a comfy pair just now before I head off on the road 😉 xx

  • Tessy
    October 27, 2016

    These are great tips and I totally agree with you. Thank you so much for sharing.

    http://www.tessyonyia.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thank you for reading babe xo

  • Hadasah
    October 27, 2016

    Awesome guide babe, thanks for sharing..
    Kisses from Miami..
    Hadasah // styletolove.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thanks babe x

  • Alyssa
    October 27, 2016

    I am a chronic over packer so I am always curious to read tips on how to pack more effectively! I’m gonna try your way next time. Have a wonderful time.

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thanks, Alyssa xo

  • Tiffany
    October 28, 2016

    Excellent choices! I love all of the personal products you picked and that jewelry is stunning! xo Tiffany http://www.parsnipsandpastries.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thank you sweetie 🙂 x

  • Renee groskreutz
    October 28, 2016

    I have started packing far less than I think that I need. For years I have been a chronic over packer but life is just easier when you don’t do it.

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      I am the same way! Thanks for stopping by xo

  • Jude & Yara
    October 29, 2016

    Great post! Road trips are so much fun!!

    Selftimers Blog | Bloglovin’

    IG: @SELFTIMERS

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thank you loves xo

  • Carmen
    October 30, 2016

    Such a great post and you’ve got some stuff I always tend to forget – my make-up sponge brush for example 😉
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thank you, Carmen! I forgot my strapless bra this weekend >__<

  • Nina Nguyen
    October 30, 2016

    Great post love, hope you had a fab time!
    xo-Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thanks, Nina xo

  • Chelsea
    October 30, 2016

    First of all, I love that wedding theme! I totally agree with these points, especially the jewelry one. I don’t want to lose or break anything so I just wear accessories for the weekend!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
    Instagram

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thanks, Chelsea! The wedding was a ton of fun 🙂 x

  • Alicia
    October 30, 2016

    Love these tips hun, I definitely agree that you should always take a swimsuit with you – you never know, right! Hope you enjoyed the wedding, i’m sure you looked beautiful 🙂

    http://www.golivexplore.com

    • Sharon Wu
      October 30, 2016

      Thanks babe! It was raining all weekend except the day of the wedding so unfortunately I didn’t get to take a dip this weekend but maybe on my next trip! 🙂

  • Jeanelly
    November 1, 2016

    Love this post! I go on road trips all the time!
    Xo
    Jeanie
    http://www.thefashionlotus.com

    • Sharon Wu
      November 1, 2016

      Thank you, Jeanie! xo

  • Isabel Robertson
    November 2, 2016

    So exciting! I love this post!!

    Bella x
    https://bellasfashionjournal.com

    • Sharon Wu
      November 2, 2016

      Thanks hun xx

  • marcy
    November 3, 2016

    Very great tips of how to pack on a road trip babe!! Great material as always!

    xx
    Marcy

    • Sharon Wu
      November 3, 2016

      Thanks sweetie xx

  • jasna
    November 4, 2016

    These are some great tips babe, i always pack way to much though ai xx

    • Sharon Wu
      November 4, 2016

      Thanks for reading! Glad you liked the tips xo

  • Tessa F.
    November 5, 2016

    My family & I go on road trips a lot to visit relatives. Somehow, every time, I forget something and I have to rush into to town to go grab it. Its usually multiple pairs of shoes, or my toothbrush, or my hair brush. Its crazy. Anyway, this most was super helpful! XOXO

    • Sharon Wu
      November 5, 2016

      Lol! That was me… I forgot my strapless bra on my last trip and totally bit myself for it! Ahhhh. Lol. Oh, and toothpaste… like who forgets toothpaste but packs their toothbrush?! Me! Haha

  • Maria
    November 28, 2016

    love your post. Thanks for give great tips.

    • Sharon Wu
      November 29, 2016

      Thank you Maria! Glad you found the tips useful x

  • Emma
    January 9, 2017

    Such a helpful and detailed post! What do you recommend bringing as travel beauty products? I’m on the hunt for some decent mini shampoo’s and conditioners but I can’t take over 100ml! Annoying!

    Emma | Fashion Photographer and Model | https://emmanmh.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      January 9, 2017

      Thanks Emma! So glad you found it helpful! As for beauty products… I usually get those travel-sized containers and fill them with whatever I need like shampoo and conditioner! These 100ml containers are available in places like Target. I also bring along dry shampoo with me as I don’t wash my hair daily. As for make-up items, I try to just bring smaller palettes so they fit in a small make-up bag 🙂 Hope that helps! xx

  • Danielle
    March 7, 2017

    What a great list! Love the products you pack for hygiene and jewelry!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 7, 2017

      Thanks Danielle! Glad you enjoyed my list xo

  • Agness of Fit Travelling
    March 24, 2017

    These tips are really essential, Sharon! Keep up the good work!

    • Sharon Wu
      March 26, 2017

      Thank you sweetie!

  • laurel
    December 19, 2017

    Oh Boy I have a similar love for my shoe collection, so difficult to leave any of them behind

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