Packing for a long weekend

Tomorrow  I leave for Texas to visit one of my closest friends to celebrate her and the lil baby she’s bringing into this world. This trip is extra special because Texas was once my home and I still have a lot of friends there. Getting to not only celebrate Madison at her baby shower, but also get a group of old friends together for dinner is exactly what I’ve been needing. It’ll be so nice to catch up with everyone over food instead of through a screen. I live for trips like this, where I get to hop on a plane and spend a long weekend enjoying a new (warmer) state and be home in time for work on Monday.

And while I love weekend trips like this, I find it difficult to pack for such a short amount of time. What will I need? What outfit changes are necessary? What can I go without for a few days? Will I be able to fit the baby shower gift into my bag? All of these questions have been taunting me for the past week. I almost always over pack and get annoyed with myself for lugging around a heavy carry-on when I could have just stuck to the basics. So this time, I’m being strategic and am sharing my thought process here with you.

First, toiletries:

  • toothbrush
  • travel toothpaste
  • travel shampoo
  • travel conditioner
  • travel body wash
  • deodorant (never, ever forget this)
  • travel hairspray
  • travel dry shampoo
  • any medicine you might need (seriously, this winter brought on a lil cold and I’m annoyed about it…)


I’ll be in Texas for three days, so the below amounts reflect that.

  • 4 tops (one per day + an extra)
  • 2 pairs of pants (wearing one, packing the other)
  • 4 pairs of socks & underwear (never know if you’re going to laugh too hard or slip in the mud…)
  • Leather jacket
  • 2 pairs of shoes (wearing one, packing the other)
  • Pajamas
  • Sweatshirt
  • Jewelry, earrings and necklaces


I have a baby shower gift and a small birthday gift for Madison’s future baby and her lil girl. I’ll also be bringing a book, The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer.  As well as the obvious items of a phone and watch charger and my curling iron.


I’m only taking a carry-on, so that’s why I’m not packing too much. I’ve been trying to be more intentional with my packing lately, so this is what I find works best for me. Let me know some of your best packing tips! I’d love to see what I could be missing.

Talk to you when I get back!


P.S. Do you want a post on my trip when I get home? I’m sure there will be some good stories to tell or some great restaurants to dish about!

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