How to Pack a Carry On for a Weekend Getaway

If you're not a seasoned travel and packing professional, the thought of fitting all your essentials for a weekend getaway into a single carry-on might sound daunting. However, with the right method and steps, you’d be surprised everything you can stuff into your bag.

Our team at BestBus provides you with helpful tips on how to pack your carry-on for a weekend getaway by bus.


Start with a List


Before beginning the packing process, jot down all the essentials you'll need. Start with your toiletries, including deodorant, toothpaste, a toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, a razor, skincare products, and medications. Be sure to only pack what you truly need. Then, tackle your clothing. Consider the weekend's activities and pack accordingly. A list will keep you in check, ensuring you don't put unnecessary items in your bag.


Avoid Stuffing Your Suitcase

It’s essential to avoid stuffing your suitcase with items you may not require. Many individuals tend to overpack shoes, taking up valuable space that could be used for clothing. Minimalist travelers, however, can get by with just one to three pairs of shoes: a sturdy, dependable pair for walking, sneakers that can also serve as walking shoes, and dress shoes or heels depending on the trip's requirements. As for clothing, it's common for people to pack more outfits than they actually wear, so it's wise to select carefully from your wardrobe.


Minimize Bulky Items


Maximize the space in your carry-on for a weekend trip by omitting the bulkiest and heaviest items. This leaves ample room for packing lightweight clothing, an extra pair of shoes, and any other essentials. For colder weather travels, wear your winter coat and boots instead of packing them. If you get too warm on the way, simply remove your coat and switch to slippers once settled in your seat. Don't waste the space in your carry-on when you can wear the items that occupy the most room.


Pack Efficiently

The real challenge isn't deciding what to pack but rather how to pack efficiently to maximize space in your carry-on. One simple trick is to roll your clothes instead of folding them, instantly creating more room in your suitcase. Another helpful tactic is to use packing cubes to organize your belongings and keep similar items together.


A handy travel tip is to place heavier items, such as toiletry and cosmetic bags, shoes, and thicker clothing, at the bottom of your carry-on to balance the weight. Smaller items like socks or laptop chargers can be tucked into shoes or hats to utilize space effectively. For toiletries and other non-clothing items, opt for travel-sized versions whenever possible to minimize bulk. This frees up additional space in your carry-on since you won't need bulky toiletry bags.


Book a Luxury Bus with BestBus for Your Weekend Getaway

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Questions? Contact our team!