5 packing tips for a weekend trip

During this long and cold winter, a weekend away could be just what the doctor ordered to help refresh and lift your spirits. There are tons of places that are within driving distance of Toronto that you can venture off to for a weekend away. To help make your weekend as stress-free as possible, here are some packing tips to ensure you’ll have everything you’ll need for your mini vacation!

Make a packing list

The best way to ensure that you have everything you need for your weekend getaway is to make a list. If you are the type of person who always feels like they are forgetting something, a list will help ensure that you don’t forget anything important. And, if you are a notorious over-packer (like so many of us are) making a list will also help you to prioritize items and help to curb the habit of packing things you may not need. You can get pre-made packing lists at stores like Indigo, or you can over to a site like Pinterest for a number of packing list ideas to help you stay organized!

Roll your clothes

If your mom told you once, she told you a million times: “be sure to fold your clothes nicely, don’t just roll them in a ball and shove them in your dresser”. While that is normally a good rule to follow, rolling your clothes while packing your suitcase can be extremely beneficial. By rolling your clothes (neatly!) you can save space in your suitcase, ensuring that you fit everything you need to bring with you. Just be sure to unroll and hang up any items that are prone to wrinkling when you get to your destination!

Secure liquid products

You only need to have shampoo leak all over the contents of your bag once to teach you the valuable lesson of securing your liquid products. To save you from leaks and to make more room in your suitcase, transfer products that come in big bottles, such as shampoo, conditioner, and body wash/lotion in smaller “travel friendly” bottles. While many of those small bottles claim they are “leak proof” it is also best to put them and any other liquid products in ziplock bags as an added precaution.

Cover your shoes

Nothing is worse than packing an outfit you have been saving for your weekend away, only to unpack it and find out it came in contact with the dirty soles of your shoes! The best way to combat this is to head to your local dollar store and buy a bunch of plastic shower caps. When packing put any pairs of shoes you are bringing in their own shower cap, and your clothes should be safe. If you suitcase has a secondary closed off compartment, be sure to utilize that as well.

Keep your clothes fresh

In addition to keeping your shoes away from your clean clothes, there are a few other things you can do to keep your wardrobe looking fresh for your big weekend. One safety measure you can take is to pack your clothing inside out; this will help to keep them from getting any visible stains during your travels. It is also wise to pack an extra bag to put any dirty clothes in and to them keep separate from your clean ones. Lastly, to help keep your clothes smelling like they just came out of the wash, throw a dryer sheet or two in your bag.   

Don’t forget to pack your travel insurance!

If you are leaving the province or traveling down to the US for the weekend, don’t forget to pack your travel insurance. Even though you are just going away for a short amount of time, it is better to be safe than sorry. Getting travel insurance can help save from paying hefty medical bills out of pocket in the event that something goes awry on your weekend away. For a short weekend trip your travel insurance will be relatively inexpensive but will be well worth the peace of mind it gives, allowing you to enjoy your weekend worry free!