Checklist for a Weekend Trip

Updated April 17, 2017

Don't hurry away for the weekend without making sure you have everything you need for your mini-vacation. A weekend trip can quickly become a headache without the proper preparation. Pack all of the essentials from toiletries to clothes to medicine. A packing checklist can assure that you have all the necessary components for a relaxing weekend.


Every traveller needs to remember certain items when preparing for their trip. The most obvious items are your wallet and purse, credit cards or traveller's checks, driver's license, keys, glasses and/or contact lenses, sunglasses, prescriptions and other medications, itineraries, tickets, reservation confirmations, maps or directions, camera, books and/or magazines, playing cards or small games, flashlight and batteries, umbrella and rain jacket, pocketknife, travel alarm, sewing kit, first aid kit, snacks and gum, and bottled drinks.


Pack enough clothing for each day of your trip. Pack an outfit for every day, not just random items thrown into a suitcase. Make sure your shirts and trousers complement each other. Undergarments are a necessity, as well as a pair of pyjamas. Pack any accessories such as ties, jewellery or scarves. Bring a swimming costume if a swimming pool or hot tub is provided at the hotel. Bring a hat if you will be out in the sun and outerwear if you are expecting cool temperatures.


We all want to smell nice and look nice when we are on vacation, so it's important to remember all of our hygienic necessities. To keep your mouth feeling fresh, remember your toothpaste, toothbrush, dental floss and mouthwash. Deodorant or antiperspirant is a must, as well as a comb, brush, hair accessories and hairdryer. Bring along shampoo or conditioner or plan to use the hotel samples. Sunscreen and lip balm will keep your skin safe when outdoors, and lotions will soothe any sore skin that has been exposed. Insect repellent is a must if visiting a forested area. Other items to bring include shaving supplies, cosmetics, nail clippers and emery boards, tweezers, cotton balls and feminine hygiene products.

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A writer since 1995, Brooke Turner has been published in the "Duluth News Tribune" and "Ashland Daily Press," as well as various advertising publications. She is a freelance copywriter and the owner and operator of Blue Quill Writing Services in Ottertail, Minn. Turner also maintains two blogs: The Blog of Brooke and Blue Quill Writing.