Finally another weekend trip coming up and you have again not managed to pack your bag well in advance? Well this sounds totally like me. It’s generally the night before or on the day that I think about what to pack in my suitcase. This wouldn’t be so bad if you’d CHECK IN your luggage as you’d have at least 25 kg weight allowance – more than enough for a short trip. On top of that you could take all your cosmetics – no matter which size – with you.

But a short weekend getaway is much more relaxed if you travel light. So it helps to plan in advance to make the most of your little 10kg cabin luggage.

I live in London which is the perfect hub for weekend getaways in Europe. Flights from London to top destinations generally take 1-3 hours. So flying out on a Friday after work and coming back on a Sunday night works out perfectly.

I usually found myself packing in a bit of a hurry on a Thursday night or even on a Friday morning before work. Of course there were quite a few occasions when I forgot a few things.. So I created a weekend travel checklist to make sure I have everything I need.

The travel checklist is divided by luggage type, handbag (where all the important stuff goes) and the trolley/travel bag (for the rest).


Weekend Trip Travel Checklist


Passport, travel ID. Do not forget!

WalletDebit card to withdraw money abroad, credit cards and some cash

Plane ticket. Printed ticket if no mobile ticket

Phone. Have the hotel confirmation email and hotel address ready to read)

Valuables. They include jewellery, ipad or laptop, camera (sometimes airlines love to check in your cabin luggage anyway, so make sure you are prepared for that and don’t have anything super valuable or fragile in the trolley)

Keys. Your house keys after you have locked the door.

2. CABIN LUGGAGE (generally up to 10kg)

Cosmetics & Make up.Put the liquid stuff already in a travel plastic bag for the airport secunity check). Bring toothpaste, toothbrush, moisturiser, make up removal lotion, mascara, make up, eye shadow, lipstick, blush, deodorant, perfume, brush, nail polish.

If the hotel you are staying at doesn’t provide shampoo, shower gel and conditioner, you might want to buy them in a travel size at the airport.

Clothes. You will likely need one outfit for Friday night, an outfit for during the day on Saturday, one for Saturday night and one for Sunday. I’d bring at least one extra outfit just in case. Make sure you bring at least one more elegant outfit with you depending on where you head at night. Opt for over rather than under dressed if not sure. If you are not gling on a beach holiday, don’t forget tights for your dress.

Hair accessories. Hair pins, elastics, slides etc.

Sunglasses. Always handy. Not only in summer.

Evening purse. Smaller bag or clutch for the evening

Shoes. Comfy shoes for the day and heels for the evening. If you wear the heavier shoes during the travel, you might be able to fit another pair of shoes in your suitcase.

Bikini / bathing suit. Even if you are not going on a beach holiday, there miffy be a pool or SPA in the hotel.

Medicine. Though you most likely won’t need it, if you go in a bigger group there is usually at least one person happy about your travel medcine kit. Bring ibuprofen and the usual other stuff.

Charger. For laptop, ipad, mobile, camera and bring an adaptor if applicable.



– Are the windows closed?

– Did you lock the door /set the alarm?

– Are the lights switched off?
So you did book the hotel, return flight and have a travel insurance, right? Good, just checking :) Off you go,  have an awesome trip.

Let me know in the comments if any of your travel essentials have not made it on my list.