5 Packing Principles for a Long Weekend Away


As spring turns to summer, so begins the season of the long weekend. Summer wouldn’t be summer if it weren’t for those precious 48+ hours filled with beach parties, beer gardens, good food, and best friends. With the good times about to roll, it’s a great time to take inventory of your off-duty wears.

Maximizing these valued few days away from the office, taking in the summer sun, frankly comes down to planning-ahead. (The one thing about summer is that you never know where it will take you.) Being ready and feeling confident about what you’ve brought along for the ride will allow you to focus on what matters most, making memories. So, no matter what summer throws at you, follow these few packing principles and your summer go-bag will be, well, ready to go.

Show Some Restraint

The weekender bag is a perfect way to streamline what makes the cut for a quick trip. It’s a weekend, so no need to over-pack. Less is more, especially when it comes to packing. Start with a nice canvas weekend bag, like this one from Owen & Fred. It will fit a few pairs of shoes, clothes, toiletries, and a good book.

Versatility Wins the Day

When deciding what to pack, take into consideration the ability to mix and match the items you’re packing. With this mindset, you’ll pack less while increasing your number of outfits. This soft wash short sleeve shirt can be dressed up with chinos and a light sweater or dressed down with shorts and espadrilles.

Just Roll With It

There are many ways you can pack, but for the week away there is only one way to maximize space and time. Since most of what you’ll be packing will be casual pieces, stick to the rolling technique. This will work for just about everything, from your underwear to your casual shirts. Simply fold your items as you normally would and instead of folding them in half at the end, roll them. This will keep your clothes from creasing. When you arrive, hang everything to prevent wrinkles, and enjoy your extra bit of free time. Cold beer by the pool anyone?

Stay Light On Your Feet

When looking to travel light, shoes are often the straw that breaks the camels’ back. Unless you’re planning on attending more formal occasions, stick to a simple shoe that is versatile enough for everyday. Pick a classic, low profile pair that you can dress up with trousers and a blazer or dress down with shorts and a crisp tee.

Always Be Ready

No matter where you’re headed, a good rule of thumb is to always pack a simple navy blazer. It can be worn with a pair of jeans and a tee, or for more refined needs, throw it on with trousers and a polo or dress shirt. You’ll be hard pressed not to fit in just about anywhere. (Who knows, you just might turn a few heads along the way.)

Here’s to your long weekends.