Long Weekend Travel Tips For Busy Gals

Hey guys!

Let’s talk travel, shall we?


I adore traveling of all kinds – long and short trips. As of late, though, I’ve become accustomed to quality time in my car and long weekends away on a pretty regular basis, because my boyfriend currently lives an hour and change away…. apparently I have a knack for finding myself in long distance-ish relationships. Now this all means lots of driving for moi, plus plenty of time in another person’s apartment. And since I am, that means I’m also always packing and unpacking…I’m basically a pro.

Well, a pro packer who {still} hates packing…. and unpacking.

BUT, I now have special party trick – packing in mere minutes! 😉

A certain someone I know uses an Excel spreadsheet to track what to pack for every weekend trip, but I’ve got it burned into my memory and rarely ever look at a packing list anymore. I’ve also picked up some easy to adapt habits/hacks that make packing for a long weekend away basically a no brainer. And since I recently got an email from RelayRides talking about travel, I was inspired to write this post and share them with you guys! (Note: Relay Rides is a peer-to-peer car rental service that strives to make traveling easier + more affordable [they even have airport rentals], but I’ve never used their services  so I don’t have an opinion or recommendation to share.) 

Here are some quick and dirty tips for becoming a swift packer and travel pro for long weekends!

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1. Keep your phone charger in your purse/car.

Cell phones die so quickly, especially if you’re depending on them for GPS assistance.

2. Snacks! {Pack lots, and make sure they’re tough enough to sustain jostling during travel.}

Some ideas include protein/snack bars (like Kind bars or Larabars), mini bags of trail mix, or sturdy fruits like apples or oranges.

3. Buy duplicates of some of your daily toiletries and keep them in your travel bag.

Think items like face lotion, face wash, a comb, contact solution….. put them in your suitcase and just forget ’em. Otherwise it’s so easy to leave behind some of your essential toiletry items!

4. Choose mainly neutral, reusable clothing pieces.

You know, like black leggings (ahem, yoga pants), and shoes that can do double duty. You don’t really need two pairs of boots plus flats for one weekend, do you?

5. Bring extras of your important daily medications or vitamins.

Delays happen. Traffic happens. Bad weather happens. Be prepared in case you’re stuck somewhere a little bit longer than you originally anticipated.

6. Wear contacts? Bring one extra pair than you think you’ll need and store it in your travel bag.

In my experience, contacts rip when you least want them to…. like enroute to the airport.

7.  Bring an oversized scarf.

This may sound like a weird suggestion, but they can double as a versatile fashion piece to spice up outfits, as well as keep you warmer.

8. Pre-load your iPod or smart phone with podcasts, audio books, and music.

Great for keeping you entertained while traveling by car or plane of course, but it’s easier to take care of this before you’re crunched for time or already on the road.

9. Your…..unmentionables: take enough for the amount of days you’ll be gone, plus two.

So if you’ll be out of town for four days, bring six pairs of undies. Things happen, people.




Share some of your best tips! What am I missing?

4 Comments on Long Weekend Travel Tips For Busy Gals

  1. Katie @ Live Half Full
    February 5, 2015 at 12:10 PM (3 years ago)

    I would add to keep your color palate limited so you can mix and match!

    • joelle
      February 5, 2015 at 12:20 PM (3 years ago)

      Oh, yes! Thanks for adding that!

  2. LTD 'fo Lyfe!
    February 5, 2015 at 1:16 PM (3 years ago)

    Also, you could just commandeer a drawer at said boyfriend’s house…

    Also, I tend to use the trunk of my car as a double for a shoe closet 😉

    • joelle
      February 5, 2015 at 1:28 PM (3 years ago)

      Haha I have one! But I don’t have a closet like Beyonce so I can’t leave THAT much stuff behind. 😉


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