Are you planning a girl’s weekend with some of your besties? There’s nothing like having some time off to enjoy the city. Sometimes, all you need to get back on track in life is time away from your usual day to day—moments to appreciate different perspectives, delicious new food, and fun with others. You don’t have to travel far to see new sights, either. If you’re planning on a fun-filled weekend, we’ve compiled a list of must-have items to pack. Here’s to new adventures!
If you’re in the city, chances are you, and the crew will be doing lots of sightseeing. Walking around from place to place, though, doesn’t have to be uncomfortable. If you have the right comfortable outfits lined up, you’ll be able to enjoy your time even more. Look for stylish outfits made of comfortable materials that’ll allow your skin to breathe (bonus points if the material features moisture-wicking or stretchy fabrication). Choose chic-casual outfits that’ll keep you feeling your best, too.
Sleeveless or short-sleeved blouses, tank tops, and T-shirts are ideal choices for warmer weather. If you’re planning on taking your trip when it’s a bit cooler, seek out long-sleeved T-shirts and lightweight sweaters to wear. Match your tops with comfortable bottoms—skinny jeans, joggers, khaki pants, or a skirt paired with leggings. Finally, check the weather before heading out. You’ll want a rain jacket and umbrella handy in case of sudden rainfall.
What’s a trip to the city without brunch and a nice dinner? One morning, you’re probably heading off to brunch with the girls. On one or two evenings, you more than likely have a dinner planned at restaurants you’ve been excited to try. What’s a nice dinner without a fantastic outfit to go with it? Make sure you check the restaurant dress code policy—some may have one to ensure you’re not over- or underdressed. Then, decide on two outfits to pack (maybe a backup outfit, too, if an outfit doesn’t work out). When in doubt, go for a little black dress. Little black dresses are classic one-and-done outfits that look good on everybody and for plenty of occasions. Plus, they pair well with fine jewelry so that you’ll really make a statement. However, choose dresses that fit your style—whether that’s a floral or red dress. Just remember to snap plenty of pics and post them on Instagram.
If you’re traveling with friends, vacation days usually have those moments in the hotel where everyone’s chatting about their time so far or old memories. Or perhaps you’re ordering breakfast in bed or room service after dinner. Make those moments more memorable by packing and wearing comfortable loungewear. You have plenty of cozy options when it comes to loungewear. Popular patterns and prints include plaid, floral, polka dots, stripes, and paisley, but if you’re feeling extra luxe, go for silk or satin loungewear. Though hotels usually provide robes, perhaps pack monogrammed slippers for comfort as you kick back and relax.
Pack a few pairs of shoes based on your planned outings. Since you’re only going to be away for a weekend, try not to overpack. For trekking around the city, have a pair of lifestyle sneakers or sandals to match your casual outfits. Make sure the shoes feature interior cushioning for the utmost comfort and traction. For colder weather, you could instead pack booties or boots. As for dressier occasions, have designer pumps or chic flats available to pair with your fancy dinner-night outfits.
Complete your outfits with the right accessories. For casual outfits, where you’ll be out all day in the sun, pack polarized sunglasses and maybe even a hat (baseball cap, fedora, or straw hat) to block the sun’s rays. If you’re planning on swimming in the hotel’s swimming pool, don’t forget your swimsuit and cover-up. Finally, consider packing a camera. Yes, you can use your cellphone camera. However, even basic camera devices may be able to capture more details of the spots you’ll be seeing for memorable photos worth keeping for a lifetime.
Since you’ll be out and about while exploring the city, you’ll need to store your essentials (such as your water bottle, cellphone, sunglasses, cash, and cards). The bags you choose to take with you should fit the occasion. For example, for days filled with sightseeing, consider taking a backpack, large tote, fanny pack, or crossbody bag. However, you’ll want to carry something more stylish for restaurant or bar outings, such as leather handbags or a chic clutch. Most importantly, make sure the weekender or duffle bag you choose can hold most of your items. You’ll only be away for a weekend, so it’s better to pare down on the number of bags you’ll take with you.
Weekend trips to the city can be so exciting. If you pack the right apparel, footwear, and accessories, you’ll be prepared for everything you have on your agenda.