How to Quickly Pack for an Overnight Trip

Do you get overwhelmed when it comes to packing for a trip? Do you tend to over-pack? Or pack things you won’t even use on the trip?

I think we’ve all had our fair share of packing woes. And whether you’re going for a day’s trip or a month, it’s good to learn how to pack smart. As always, I put together some handy tips that will help you quickly pack for an overnight trip.


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Get the details straight

Before you start packing for your trip, you need to get the basic details about your trip. Where are you traveling to? What are you planning to do during your trip? How’s the weather like in the place you’re traveling to?

These details will help you pack with the right decision on what exactly you should pack with you. It will be extremely helpful to make a checklist of the possible things you’d need as you get the details of your trip straight. The checklist will also be handy when you’re going to pack to travel back home so you’ll have all your things intact.


Pack according to outfits

Now that you have a clearer picture of what you’ll be doing on your trip and the weather, the next step is to put together outfits that will match the weather and the occasion. A good trick is to pack clothes of neural colours that you can mix and match with the outfits you’ll bring along.

For an overnight trip, stick to the basics like a pair of jeans, a top or blouse depending on the occasion and a sweater just in case you get cold. Of course, if you’re staying over for the night, then make sure you pack some pajamas.


Don’t forget your essentials

There are some key items you must have when you’re traveling no matter the occasion or destination – items like undergarments, toiletries, and personal care products, which include body cream, deodorant and your makeup.

In the rush of packing, these essentials are often forgotten and this can cause a lot of problem, if you leave them behind.


Put your electrical accessories together

Although these are essentials as well, I thought they deserved to be put in a category of their own. There’s nothing as upsetting as unintentionally leaving your phone charger behind when you’re on a trip.

While on your trip you may not get the chance to charge your phone, so make sure you also carry a power bank around just in case.


Keep each category into smaller bags or pouches

The last thing you want when you’re packing is to be disorganized. Disorganization can slow you down. Since we were able to outline the major class of items you need for an overnight trip, you should have smaller bags to categorize them.  Packing cubes are perfect for this purpose. But if you’re not able to get your hands on packing cubes, a small pouch or ziplock bags would do.


Do you have any handy tips for packing for an overnight trip?

17 responses

  1. I am a dab hand at packing fast but my tip would be don’t let the husband in the case once you have packed it – he has a tendancy to take stuff back out again

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