The Thrifty Traveller’s Guide to Packing for a Weekend Away

Weekends away are fantastic things. There’s no end to the gorgeous countries, cities or scenery you could spend your weekend immersed in! The difficult thing, though, can be deciding just what to pack. Big case or little? One outfit or three? Well, here’s some tips that I’ve learnt from spending my weekends globe-trotting to help you pack exactly what you need without packing too much!

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  • Consider Hand Luggage

If you’re flying with an airline that doesn’t offer you complimentary checked luggage and you’re only traveling for a weekend – this is a good place to save some cash for yourself. Even if you’re going for a longer weekend, you will only need a handful of outfits and accessorising / reusing clothing with a twist might be your real saving grace here.

  • Choose Your Travel Outfit Wisely

As tempting as it is to travel in sweats and a baggy tee (aka the literal dream), if you’re only travelling for a short time, then wearing one of your outfits during flight is another great way to save space in your hand luggage. Especially the bigger items, like a trench coat or a pair of boots. A carefully considered flying outfit that uses your bigger items and leaves space in your hand luggage is what we’re aiming for!

  • Roll Your Clothes

A tip you’ll have seen blogger after blogger recommend – and for good reason! Not only does rolling your clothes save space and help you pack more in, but by some strange scientific miracle, rolling also prevents your clothes from getting creased! I mean it’s probably not THAT strange, but it still baffles me.

  • Bag Your Shoes – Or Take the Pair You Wear

This is something I forget: bag your shoes. Those things are trailed across the floor day in, day out, yet we throw them in with our clean clothes? Yikes. If you can get away with it, I’d also suggest only taking one pair: the one on your feet! Shoes can be difficult to manoeuvre around a small bag so if you’ve got a versatile pair of shoes that can be dressed up and dressed down (maybe something along the lines of Oxfords or some reliable brown boots?) then make good use of them and ditch your other pairs!

  • Vet Your Toiletries

As tempting as it is to cram all the toiletries you can into your bag in case of emergency (I’m talking moisturisers, colognes, deodorant, concealer, toothpaste, hair gel, you name it) one important trick is to only take what you really need. In England, you need to present your toiletries in a small clear plastic bag at security, where each item can’t exceed 100ml and the bag itself can’t exceed 1,000ml. Because of this, I’d suggest some heavy vetting. Leave the items you can get for cheap on the other side at home, after all you’re only there for a weekend anyway!

  • Leave the Shampoo at Home

This is basically an extension of my last point, remember that almost all hotels leave you complimentary shampoo, conditioner and body soap in your room for washing so don’t bother packing items like these into your hand luggage – they will only take up space! Almost anything you’re taking can easily be picked up in a store local to where you’ll be staying, anyway. So don’t stress if you leave something behind by accident!

  • Bag Your Electricals

All those chargers and charging cables and adapters? Bag them for easy use! One bag full of your electrical bits and bobs not only makes it a hundred times easier to access if you need to grab a charger out your case on the plane, but they’ll also save space in your luggage as all those awkward shapes will be stowed away in a neat bag that can easily slot in your case!

  • Travel Light – Wear Your Camera

All airports permit you to carry an item such as a camera alongside your hand luggage, and by doing so you’ll not only be saving space in your luggage but you’re making sure that expensive kit like a camera won’t get damaged in transit. After all, if it’s on your body you can make sure it’s safe and sound!

  • Ditch the Loose Currency

This is something I did a few trips ago – I decided to ditch carrying currency altogether and opted for a travel card like Revolut. There are so many incredible things I could say about Revolut, they’re a literal god-send! But, out of fear of misquoting or saying something wrong, I’ll just direct you to their website instead. Revolut offers you the best exchange rates with easy access to your cash – and if you ever find yourself in a situation where you misplace or lose your card, then you can easily block or withdraw the money in-app and then unblock the card in a second if you manage to find it again. It has revolutionised how I travel, no joke. It also means that I’ve been able to save a lot more money while travelling because I’m not trying to use up my random change that I don’t understand!

If you’re reading this in preparation for a weekend trip you’re taking, then I hope you have the most incredible time! Weekends away are one of my favourite ways to travel, giving you a flavour of each destination in 48 hours of exhilaration and exploration.

I’d love to hear where your favourite places to go for a weekend away are, if you want to comment below or tweet/Instagram me @mileinmyglasses!

I hope you have a lovely day,

  • ❤ Faye Valentine ❤

    I’ll have to try rolling my clothes! I’m so bad at packing D:

    • Michael

      I was the exact same Faye! It took me forever to get good at packing, and I still struggle with rolling clothes! But it saves so much space! Thank-you for commenting! X

  • Rolling clothings is literally the way forward! It’s basically the only way I pack haha 🙂

    Anika xo |

  • This is really helpful! I’m going to Porto for the weekend tomorrow and I’m still yet to pack!
    Thanks for all your tips, I’m definitely going to look into a Revoult card now 🙂

    Rachel | Coffee & Avocados

    • Wow! I hope you have an amazing time! No problem, I definitely recommend Revolut! Ha! I hope you have a great Thursday Rachel!

  • Evelina

    One thing I did when my boys travelled to France for a school trip for 10 days, and could only take a carry-on, was to put each outfit into a giant zip lock back (bigger than the gallon size – I’m from Chicago so not sure if they have these in Europe), roll it to suck all the air out and then lay it flat in the suitcase – so much room! And… with my boys – it helped them look nice (they actually matched in their outfits – they were 12 at the time), kept things from getting wrinkled and if it was still in the bag when they came home it was still clean! (this was also a great way to send them to camp!). Love your posts Michael

    • That’s such a great idea! I bet that would save loads of space! Thanks for the tip Evelina, I’m definitely going to look into doing something similar! And thanks for the lovely comment, I hope you have a great start to your weekend!

  • Kim

    Love these tips, Michael. The fact that rolling your clothes prevents wrinkles surprises me too!

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Kim! I know right!? I don’t understand the science behind it at all – ha ha!

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  • This is such a lovely post and you offer so many tips for people!! 🙂

    Wishing you a great weekend!

    Layla xx

  • Elegant Duchess

    great post. I always enjoy posts with some tips whether it’s a travel, fashion or beauty. Thank you for sharing
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  • Wow! Great post! Thanks for sharing.

    Mihaailo |

  • A really good post! I have never heard that rolling your clothes doesn’t wrinkle clothes, that’s insane!

    Heidi ? | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

  • Theresa

    I’ve been on a couple weekend trips lately and I keep over packing. I can never decide what im going to wear once I get there because plans always change. So how do you avoid over packing outfits?

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