Travel Essentials: How To Keep Organized On Weekend Trips

Weekend Trip Travel Essentials To Stay Organized
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I dislike packing. Well actually…I’m being modest. I hate packing (with a passion). If my bags could magically pack themselves, I would be happy. True story – it’s the night before my weekend trip to Stockholm and I’m frantically trying to figure out what to pack. What do I wear? What’s the weather like? Mom, did I pack my hair tie? Do I even need a hair tie? How many outfits should I bring? Meh, you get the point. But one thing is certain. Although I hate packing, there are a few travel essentials that I can’t leave home without. These items are so important that I keep them in my weekend bag all year round. I can’t risk losing them because they keep me organized. I’ve also used PackPoint a packing app which has helped me reduce the burden of packing tremendously.

Weekend Travel Essentials

6 Things I Can’t Leave Home Without On Weekend Trips

Weekend adventure at Skyview in Stockholm.

Travel Bag

One of the most important travel essentials that you can buy for any trip is the right travel bag.

Over the past few years, I’ve become more of a packing minimalist. After a horrible experience dragging a heavy suitcase across London, I decided to stop over packing – this is when a packing list would have come in handy!

I now only travel with my CabinZero backpack and a foldable 18-inch wheeled tote.

The right weekend travel bag is lightweight and durable. It packs enough clothes and shoes but it also compartmentalizes. Compartments are great for storing your travel essentials.

The right bag is also easy to handle and doesn’t put much strain on your back.

Benefits to Packing Light For Weekend Trips

There are lots of benefits to packing light especially for a weekend trip.

1) Money-Savings

With a carry-on, you avoid baggage fees. Recently, Norwegian Air Shuttle charged me $65 USD to check-in my carry-on bag. This made a big dent in my Sweden budget! 

2) Time-Savings

You don’t have to wait around baggage claim for your luggage. You can hit the ground running immediately!

NeatPack Compact Hanging Toiletry Bag

Great for travel size bottles and more!

NeatPack compact hanging toiletry bag is one of my favorite travel essentials.

It’s a must have because I’ve never had a designated toiletry bag. Instead, I’ve always repurposed makeup bags. Maybe that’s why I’ve forgotten my toothbrush and deodorant so often.

The NeatPack compact hanging toiletry bag keeps my toiletries organized and visible. Its breathable mesh pockets remind me to pack things like my toothbrush, wipes, and razors. 

The Neatpack toiletry bag falls in line with the company’s commitment to creating quality products that solve the most common travel problems. From compact hanging toiletry bags to passport holders, Neatpack is constantly coming up with innovative travel products tailor-made for travelers.

One of the bag’s cool features is a retractable hanging hook. With a hook, I can conveniently hang my bag on the bathroom door or over the shower rod. I can easily access my bag wherever.

Fits perfectly in a carry-on.

Passport Wallets

Long gone are the days when you need to keep your passport and wallet separate. When traveling, I prefer keeping my passport with me instead of leaving it at the hotel. 

Passport wallets come in all different shapes and sizes. They are multifunctional and serve as a wallet and a passport holder. They keep my documents organized and safe.

Passport wallets conveniently hold your passport, driver’s license, boarding pass, itinerary, credit cards, coins, cell phone and more.

And if you’re looking for Disney themed travel items, this cross body passport holder (under $25) features two zippers for valuables and doubles as a wallet.

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Universal Adapters

Another important travel essential is a universal adapter

A universal power adapter charges my computer, phone and other electronic devices in any outlet around the world. I never have to worry about power conversion issues on the road.

Laundry Bag

I rarely get to do laundry when I’m traveling. So instead of having my dirty clothes mix with my clean clothes, a laundry bag keeps everything separate.

When I get home all I have to do is drop my dirty clothes into the washer. My clean clothes go back in the closet.

Packing Cubes

Although I don’t own packing cubes, lots of travelers swear by them. Travel Fashion Girl has used them for years!

Packing cubes are the ultimate luggage organizer and they help reduce space in your carry-on. I’m a bit behind on this but I plan to try them out in the near future.

They come in different shapes and sizes. You can use packing cubes to separate your tops from your bottoms. Or your underwater from your socks. Use it how you see fit.

What are YOUR favorite travel essentials for weekend trips?

10 replies
  1. Paige W says:

    These are some great tips. I’m much less organized on weekend trips than this. I use packing cubes and such for my longer trips (3+ weeks) but it’s great that you’re able to! I typically have crap thrown in my backpack since I know exactly what I need because we’re weekend trip warriors.

  2. AuthenticTravels says:

    For fifteen years I traveled almost every week-end into the mountains. I knew by heart everything I had to pack and I did it very easily. Now that I’ve switched to travel in different countries for longer periods I’ve had to adapt myself and think my essentials differently. But I agree with separating the dirty clothes. If you don’t have a special bag for that, a plastic bag works as well.

  3. Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L) says:

    I am so with you here. The more I travel, the more I hate packing. No longer is it part of the excitement of my trip. If only I had a butler! I swear by packing pods though

  4. Anne @TravelTheGlobe (@TTGLOBE4L) says:

    I’m so with you. I hate packing. The more I travel, the more I hate it. I definitely swear by packing pods especially as I carry a ton of cables which I can now easily keep together. Love the hanging toiletry bag too

  5. Probe around the Globe says:

    I am the ultimate last minute packer. I am starting to think to just keep some toiletries seperate, only for travels. I always forget my pj’s and hair brush because those are the last things I use before I head out the door. Love my new toiletry bag that looks very similair to yours!

    • Danielle Desir says:

      You are absolutely right – I should just keep all travel toiletries separate. I always forget the basics but if its always there, that spares me. It’s also costly having to re-buy things all the time. Great point!

  6. sugarandstamps says:

    I’m totally with you! I used to LOVE packing, and now, the more I travel, the more I despise it. I think it’s mostly because of the “What to wear?” question. I wish my bags could magically pack and (especially) magically unpack themselves! haha Great list you’ve put together!


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