Embarking on a mini weekend getaway allows you to escape from the daily grind to unwind and enjoy memorable experiences. Whether you’re going on a quick overnight trip, making the most of a long weekend, or taking a weekend road trip close to home, packing efficiently is the first step towards ensuring a smooth and enjoyable getaway. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the must-haves for any weekend trip, helping you streamline your packing process.

Weekend Trip Packing List Overview

Your personal complete packing list will depend on where you’re going (as not every trip will require a swimsuit or a raincoat), but here’s the ultimate packing list of standard what to pack for a weekend trip — whether you’re packing for a 3-day trip or an overnight stay. Here’s what to include in your carry-on bag, backpack, or duffel bag:

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Wallet
  • Mini laundry bag
  • Headphones
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Phone charger
  • Power bank
  • Travel adapter for international travel
  • Eye mask
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Book, tablet, or e-reader
  • Snacks

Read on for specific things to pack for a weekend trip when considering your clothing and toiletries.

Weekend Clothes

Pro tip: it always helps to use packing cubes to keep your clothes organized and easily accessible. At a minimum, your weekend packing list of clothes should include:

  • 1 top for each day (shirt, tank top, etc.)
  • 2 pairs of bottoms (shorts, jeans, sweats, etc.)
  • 1 set of pajamas
  • 1 set of underwear for each day
  • 1 pair of socks for each day
  • 1 pair of comfortable shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals, slides, or flip-flops
  • 1 lightweight jacket, sweater, or hoodie
  • 1 hat, cap, or beanie


Similar to having your clothing in packing cubes, you should try to fit your toiletries in one pouch. Here’s a checklist of toiletries to bring when packing for a weekend trip:

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Prescription medications
  • Shaving kit
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Lotion
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Bandages
  • Pain reliever or aspirin

Weekend Getaway Travel Inspiration

Itching for a weekend getaway but not sure where to go? We’ve got a few ideas from coast to coast across the U.S. below!

Napa Valley, California

Napa Valley is a popular destination for a weekend getaway — especially for those who live near San Francisco. Visitors can indulge in wine-tasting experiences at renowned wineries, explore charming towns like St. Helena and Yountville, and savor delectable farm-to-table cuisine at Michelin-starred restaurants. With its rolling vineyard-covered hills, pleasant climate, and a plethora of outdoor activities, Napa Valley provides a serene retreat for wine enthusiasts, foodies, and nature lovers alike, making it an ideal destination for a rejuvenating weekend escape.

Situated in the heart of Napa Valley near the Napa Valley Wine Train, the Milliken Creek Inn features eleven luxurious guest rooms, each equipped with its own private indoor hot tub and designer toiletries. Relax on the terrace, take in the beautiful garden, and savor a glass of wine at the firepit with family and friends. Every morning, a free cooked-to-order breakfast is provided and delivered to your room. Guests rave about the personalized service and scenic views that make their stay extra delightful.

Denver, Colorado

With its vibrant arts scene, lively neighborhoods, and a wide variety of outdoor activities, Denver offers the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban bliss. The city’s close proximity to the stunning Rocky Mountains means you can easily escape to nature for hiking, skiing, or simply enjoying the breathtaking mountain vistas. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or a taste of city life, Denver has something for everyone, making it an ideal destination for a memorable weekend escape.

Sentral Union Station offers an unbeatable combination of modern comfort and convenience. Located a four-minute walk from Union Station, this hotel provides stylish accommodations, a spa and wellness center, a heated saltwater pool, and a fully equipped fitness center complete with a yoga room and spinning studio. Visitors can enjoy a unique view of Union Station from their balconies, or check out countless restaurants, breweries, and shops within walking distance.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, lovingly nicknamed “the Windy City,” boasts iconic architecture like the Willis Tower and Millennium Park, world-class museums like the Art Institute of Chicago, and a vibrant food scene popularly known for deep-dish pizza. You can stroll along the scenic Lake Michigan shoreline, catch a live jazz performance, or explore trendy neighborhoods like Wicker Park. Alternatively, if you’re a Chicago native and looking for a romantic escape, this guide has you covered.

Located in the heart of downtown along the Magnificent Mile, the Peninsula Chicago offers stunning city views. Enjoy a relaxing spa experience, swim a few laps in the half-Olympic size pool, or treat yourself to a romantic and picturesque afternoon tea. Guests can relish award-winning American cuisine or a delicious cocktail in the on-site bar. From the luxurious amenities to the thoughtful staff, the Peninsula Chicago has everything you need for a memorable weekend getaway.

Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta makes for an enticing weekend getaway with its blend of history, culture, and modern charm. You can delve into the Civil Rights Movement’s history at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, savor Southern cuisine at renowned restaurants, or impress your significant other with a romantic adventure nearby. The city’s diverse neighborhoods offer unique experiences, from the artsy vibes of Little Five Points to the upscale Buckhead district.

Stay at the luxurious Nobu Hotel Atlanta to dine at the acclaimed Nobu restaurant — perfect for a romantic dinner — and bask in all the other amenities it has to offer. Take a dip in the seasonal outdoor pool or soak up the sun on the terrace. No matter what you choose to do in Atlanta, you can count on the hotel’s 24-hour concierge service to make your stay an enjoyable one.

Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May exudes a timeless elegance, perfect for leisurely strolls and exploring historic sites like the Emlen Physick Estate. Its pristine beaches invite relaxation and water activities, while the town’s cozy bed-and-breakfast inns and gourmet dining options provide a cozy and indulgent atmosphere. Whether you’re seeking a romantic escape or a peaceful coastal getaway in one of New Jersey’s lovely beach towns, Cape May’s picturesque beauty and tranquil ambiance make it a perfect destination for a rejuvenating weekend.

At Boarding House Cape May, you can escape reality and treat yourself to an unforgettable weekend getaway. Explore the area with complimentary bikes and beach towels, then kick back and relax after a day on the beach. With thoughtful touches, modern amenities, and first-class service, this trendy boutique hotel is a lovely place to make memories with your loved ones.