Just in time for holiday travel, I’m showing you how to pack your carry-on weekender bag for a short 3-5 day trip using TFG’s minimalist Thanksgiving Packing List as inspiration. Don’t waste money on baggage fees and learn the art of one bag travel!
How to Pack for a Weekend Trip
As you can see from the above details, I split the contents of the Thanksgiving Packing List into two sections: what you wear On the Plane and What you Pack in your Bag. Below you will see the modified version of the Thanksgiving Packing List to reflect this packing strategy:
Please visit the Thanksgiving Packing List for product details.
To show you that you can travel light using a capsule wardrobe even with winter clothing, I have chosen to use a small carry-on size bag using standard ziploc bags to show you how to pack for a weekend trip.
The general idea is that you wear your two outerwear pieces such as coat and sweater on the plane for warmth and space savings. Also, in this example, I would wear the jeans and the red top as my flight outfit. Finish the look with the largest pair of shoes, in this case, boots and pack your second set of shoes.
To maximize space inside your weekend bag, use a packing cube such as this one or use a gallon size Ziploc bag to hold the rest of your clothing. In this example, the clothing left after you’ve chosen your flight outfit are four tops and one bottom which fit perfectly into the Ziploc bag.
In addition, pack 5 underwear and 1 bra into a sandwich size Ziploc bag or your luggage organizer of choice and stick to a TSA approved toiletry kit such as this one to avoid any issues with oversized liquids when you go through security.
Please refer to this Airport Survival Guide for more tips on breezing through security.
While it may not seem like it from the images, after filling the bag with all the listed items it still had plenty of room that you can use to fit an extra pair of shoes, sweater, and jeans. Not too bad for one bag travel!
For more details on the ultra chic and functional travel bag featured in this post, check out Lo & Sons. They sent me their trademark bag ‘The OG” which is small enough to fit under the seat on a flight yet provides enough room for a cold weather capsule wardrobe such as the one shown in this post. Stay tuned for my full review of the bag.
To learn more about creating a capsule travel wardrobe, please check out TFG’s eBook “Capsule Wardrobe Essentials: How to Pack Light with a 10 Piece Packing List”!
What are your one bag travel tips?
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