Weekend Trip Packing List: Must-Have Items for Your Weekend Getaway

Planning a weekend getaway? Even short trips of two or three days require advanced preparation to ensure a smooth experience. The last thing you want on any weekend trip is to waste time having to shop for items you forgot to bring with you. Thankfully, this weekend away packing list will make planning your next trip a breeze, no matter where you’re headed. But first, allow me to explain how we’ve organized the checklist.

Where Are You Headed This Weekend?

If you’re anything like me, you’ll find any excuse to get away for a weekend. For that reason, I’ve broken down our list of things to pack for a weekend into the following sections, depending upon the type of trip you’re planning:

  • Weekend Away Essentials (General List)
  • Weekend Beach Trip Packing List
  • Weekend Hiking Trip Packing List
  • Weekend Ski Trip Packing List

If you’re looking for a weekend camping checklist, be sure to check out our Pop Up Camper Packing List, which is packed with more than 100 essentials for your next weekend camping trip! Also, if you’re looking for some weekend getaway ideas, here are 11 destinations that will inspire you! Now, let’s get to our list!

Weekend Away Essentials (General List)

  • Cash & credit/debit cards
  • Government-issued Identification
  • Weekend bag (duffle bag, carry-on bag, or large backpack)
  • 1 or 2 pairs of shoes
  • Outfits (3)
  • Underwear (3)
  • Socks (3 Pairs)
  • Pajamas
  • Jacket
  • Eye Mask
  • Ear Plugs
  • Toiletry bag
  • Smartphone
  • Multi-port charger
  • Kindle
  • Laptop
  • Tablet
  • Camera (for the avid photographer)
  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • Hair Brush 
  • Blow Dryer 
  • Toothpaste 
  • Toothbrush
  • Shampoo 
  • Skincare lotion 
  • Lip Balm 
  • Deodorant 
  • Female Sanitary Items 
  • Toilet Paper 
  • Face Cloth 
  • Razor 
  • Shaving Cream 
  • Polysporin 
  • Pain medication 

Weekend Beach Trip Packing List

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Beach towels
  • Swimsuit
  • Sun dress for the beach
  • Sun hat
  • Tank top 
  • Flip flops
  • Water shoes 
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen, SPF 35+ 
  • Snorkel 
  • Cooler 
  • Beach Tent 
  • Lifejacket 
  • Floaties 
  • Nerf Football 
  • Frisbee

Weekend Hiking Trip Packing List

  • Backpack 
  • Hiking boots 
  • Hiking poles 
  • First Aid kit
  • Bear Spray
  • Camping knife
  • Rain boots 
  • Running Shoes 
  • Binoculars 
  • Bug Spray
  • DSLR Camera 
  • Tripod 
  • Drone
  • Headlamp
  • Energy bars for hiking 

Weekend Ski Trip Packing List

  • Skiis or snowboard
  • Ski jacket or parka
  • Thermal underwear or long johns
  • Scarf 
  • Ski Gloves
  • Toque
  • Balaclava
  • Favorite book (to curl up by the fire with)

Weekend Packing List: Final Thoughts

There you have it, our list of things to pack for a weekend trip! While you won’t need to bring every item on our list, make sure you prepare to have three days’ clothing with you as you may not have an opportunity to do laundry. Last, but not least, don’t leave home without your smartphone, cash, credit or debit cards, and your identification.

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