What to Pack for a Weekend Getaway – Travel Checklist

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!

Wallet. Debit card to withdraw money abroad, credit cards and some cash

Money belt. Just in case you don’t want to take a wallet out with you

Plane ticket. Printed ticket if no mobile ticket

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

Valuables. They include jewelry, 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 underdressed if not sure. If you are not going on a beach holiday, don’t forget the 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 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 to a bigger group there is usually at least one person happy about your travel medicine kit. Bring ibuprofen and the usual other stuff. If you’re traveling further afield, it might also be a good idea to make sure you’ve had the right vaccines. This is important, as this can prevent you from getting ill on the trip. It is always best to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to enjoying a trip that’s been planned for a while. Additionally, with there being clinics like Southwest Care that offer travel medicine and immunizations, there shouldn’t be any excuses why people don’t opt to get these administered.

One of my friends recommended I check out pharmavaccs.co.uk which is a useful resource for finding out more about vaccinations.

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 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.



  1. September 24, 2016 / 10:40 am

    Thanks so much for this! I live in Birmingham and have never thought of having such a short trip! The shortest I’ve done is one week. I’m scared of missing flights etc and not being able to get to work on Monday morning,
    Thanks for your post and I will try to be brave one of these days!

  2. September 24, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Great list! This will come in handy as a reference the next time I travel. I like that you covered things to do before you walk out the door, such as “close the windows”. Useful tips

  3. September 25, 2016 / 11:39 pm

    I always pack way too much. Thanks for the tips.

  4. Jessica
    September 26, 2016 / 5:34 am

    What a great list! I’m bookmarking to come back to when I travel. Thanks!

  5. August 15, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Such an awesome and helpful checklist! I am definitely saving your post to reread it!

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