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Packing: A Lightweight Packing Guide for a Weekend Getaway

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In this post we share our preferred lightweight packing guide for a three day, two night weekend getaway.

All of these items fit into a 20L-40 liter backpack/duffel or a 17-21 inch carry-on rollaway bag.

What to wear when you depart

  • Shirt
  • Jeans
  • Jacket / blazer / sweater
  • Comfortable walking shoes — sneakers, sandals, or boots; depends on where you are headed, what you plan to do and how casual or formal you’d like to look


  • 1 pair of shorts, a skirt or dress
  • Two casual shirts
  • 1 dress shirt
  • 3 underwear
  • 3 socks
  • Pajamas


  • Phone + charger + headphones
  • Dopp kit with toiletries + medications + vitamins
  • Water bottle


  • Dress shoes or sandals
  • Second pair of pants
  • Extra sweater or (rain) jacket
  • Bathing suit
  • Jewelry
  • Hat + scarf

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