A Beginner’s Guide to Packing for an Overnight Trip

A Beginner’s Guide to Packing for an Overnight Trip

While overnight trips are usually great, they require a lot of planning. Indeed, this part of travelling can be quite stressful.  The main thing you’ll want to consider is what you need to bring for your trip. While this may seem rather straightforward, there is a slew of different things you need to consider when packing for an overnight trip. To help you out with this, here’s a brief guide on how to pack for your upcoming overnight trip.

Check the Weather at Your Destination

If you’re travelling to a different city, check the weather forecast. Choose clothes that will help you adapt to the conditions. Wear clothing that will help protect you from the weather; this is important because you don’t want to get sick while you travel.

Plan Out Your Outfits

Planning your outfits for your trip will drastically improve the entire experience. The main thing you'll have to consider is what you'll be doing during your trip. If you’ll be travelling on the plane or in a car, wear something comfortable like jeans and a T-shirt. If you’ll be attending an event or going out to dinner, pack something nicer like a dress for women or slacks and a button-down shirt for men.

Pack Two Pairs of Shoes

Pack one pair of nighttime shoes and one pair of daytime shoes. Wear your daytime shoes the first day you pack them since you will be travelling. If you have a fancier event that evening, pack a pair of nicer shoes, such as heels for women or dress shoes for men. Wear the daytime shoes the next day for travel.

Bring a Pair of Clean Underwear and Socks

Bring an extra pair of underwear and socks just in case. If the weather looks bad, you might want to bring more than two pairs just in case you get wet. While it may seem unnecessary, walking around with wet underwear and socks is extremely uncomfortable.

Choose Lightweight Sleepwear

Bring lightweight pyjamas on your trip. If you’re going to be in a place with a cool climate, bring something that will be enough to keep you warm. Otherwise, opt for something smaller and thinner, like a nightgown or a T-shirt and boxers. This will save you space, as well as help you sleep comfortably.

Limit What You Bring to the Beauty and Toiletry Essentials

Remember, you’re only traveling for a day or two. The last thing you want is to overpack and have to carry things that you don’t really need.  Packing large beauty items is not recommended. Shampoo, hair straighteners, and blow dryers can be bulky, so leave them behind if you can. If you are staying at a hotel and they provide them, you can use them. If staying at a friend's house and they have one, you can use that. Transfer liquid products into smaller containers to avoid bringing large bottles.

Keep Important Items in a Separate Bag

Lastly, we recommend setting aside a separate bag or pouch for important items. You can use this separate bag to keep your phone chargers, headphones, and keys. While this may seem a little tedious, having a separate bag for these items will help you while you travel as you no longer have to rummage through your bag whenever you’re trying to look for something important. If you want to be more organized, you can roll all the cords into a circle or an oval and use a binder clip to keep it all together.


We hope this guide helps you plan for your trip. While packing may seem stressful, this guide should help make the entire experience more manageable. Be sure to keep everything that we’ve discussed here in mind so that you can pack efficiently and effectively.

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