I’ve always wanted to master how to pack for a week-long trip… but it’s taken me years to learn that it’s all about less is more. In this post, I will share with you my favorite tips for packing well and minimalistic.
Get (and stay) organized
When it comes to filling your suitcase, it really is important to organize it. You can purchase some packing cubes, or just do what I do and label gallon-sized plastic bags. I hate to be wasteful, so we’ve used our plastic bags over and over and over again… and it’s honestly the most economical way to organize and pack up your entire family. Packing cubes can get expensive when you’re planning for everyone.
How to pack for a week-long trip
Even if I don’t keep my clothes in these bags once we’ve reached our destination, they help me keep my packing to a minimum – if I have more than two bags for an item, then that category needs a downsize! I label each bag clearly with its contents. Here are most of the “labels” I use for me.
- Kelly’s T-Shirts
- Kelly’s Leggings
- Kelly’s Phone and Watch Charger
- Kelly’s Shorts (if seasonally appropriate)
- Kelly’s Socks
- Kelly’s Underwear
- Kelly’s Bras
- Kelly’s Pajamas
- Kelly’s Comfy Clothes
- Kelly’s Makeup
- My pants are just folded and placed in my suitcase because they’re too bulky for a plastic bag
Plan Your Outfits
I like to think about our trip and plan outfits that will be appropriate for our activities each day. Be sure to look at the weather predictions and plan accordingly. I just quickly type up a list on my phone. I’ll scour Pinterest for new ideas to help me plan. If I see an outfit I like, I just try to find a way I can recreate it with clothes I have in my own closet.
Pack HALF of what you need for a week-long trip
If you read closely, you’ll notice that I only planned 4 outfits above but our trip was at least 7 days. I like to figure out an outfit and then wear it twice. Rarely does someone notice, especially if I switch it up with different pants or accessories. If we have access to laundry, that makes this system even more plausible… but you can also get creative pretty easily with a sink and some laundry detergent!
What and how to pack for a week-long trip
Here’s my breakdown for how to pack for a week-long trip
- 2 pairs of pants
- 3 shirts
- 1 dress
- 1 pair of tights
- 1 pair of leggings
- 1 cardigan or vest
- 3 pieces of jewelry
- 1-2 pairs of shoes
- 4 pairs of socks
- 1 pair of pajama shorts
- 1 t-shirt for sleeping
- 4 pairs of underwear
- 1-2 bras
- 1 pair of sweatpants
- 1 comfy shirt or sweatshirt for around the house or hotel
Choose a color palette
If you’re wondering the secret for how to pack for a week-long trip… here it comes. Find a color palette and stick with it. I love solid blues, whites, tans, and black, with a pop of pattern or color. Everything I pack can be mixed or matched together, making it easy to look polished if I want to switch up my outfits.
Do you really need three sets of pajamas? Nope. One (maybe two) is plenty. Do you need a new pair of socks every day or can you plan on wearing one pair for two days? How many bras do you really need? Would one work for every outfit? While I know this isn’t how you would dress back home, you’re traveling so it’s okay to wear your socks a little more than usual. (It’ll be our secret.)
Pack clothes you wear every day
Figuring out how to pack for a week-long trip is not the time to try out a new wardrobe. Be comfortable and pack clothes you would also wear every day back home. Dress like you and you’ll feel good in whatever you’re wearing.
The more you pack like this, the easier it becomes. You can pack like this for the rest of your family too in order to keep yourself sane and everyone else organized. If you’re looking for tips on traveling with an infant too, I have those for you in my Traveling With an Infant eCourse!