Travel Weekender Bag (Over Night Trip Review and How I Pack)

This weekend I will travel for an overnight trip, so here is how I pack. I call this travel bag a Weekender Bag or an over night bag. You will see my packing essentials in this overnight bag. I want a weekender bag that is large but manageable since I will not be rolling it like a suitcase. me-hold-weekender-bag-for-over-night-trip

This weekender bag can hold 3 large paper towel rolls and more. Stick around to the end for the one bonus of traveling with a weekender bag. People ask me to show them how I pack or what I pack so that they get ideas, inspiration, or just a guide to help them.

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I thought about packing in my toiletries bag or even in this hanging bag, but honestly I like the pouch idea for this travel bag so that I can save space. Packing for a 2 day trip is harder to me than packing for a 10 day one.

I pack with large pouches and will need my bottle of shampoo-how nice is it to pack your regular sized liquid?! I will also take my travel size of mousse and curling iron. weekender-bag-with-toiletry-kit

In my overnight bag, I pack a minimal amount of makeup to save space and I am with my girls and I am not a fancy girl this weekend. I pack foundation, eye primer and moisturizer and then the basic makeup. Brushes will go in a small pouch.

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Packing shoes will take up most of the space in this weekender bag so I first check the weather forecast to know what shoes I will need. And do not forget to pack your shoes as a frame around the weekender bag. There is a 40% chance of thunderstorms on our full day to walk around the town. So I will pack canvas shoes and sandals I can walk in and I would love to walk around in sneakers for a brisk walk. A great travel weekender bag idea is to take booties.  We’re in Texas, and the urge to wear boots is strong, but they take up a ton of space in my bag. My alternative is booties can be worn in all seasons because some have holes.

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For travel this weekend, I am using these containers that I took to my beach weekend. They’re like my awesome disc ones but a tad larger. I will not be shaving, but if your weekend trip involves swimming or is in the summer, I love this travel razor.

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This travel bag for my weekend is from Amazon, and I just bought it to try out a few months ago, but I was shocked at its high quality and kept it. It has feet, the hardware is strong, the zipper is smooth-it will not pick at my clothes or break my fingernail, and the leather is buttery soft-not plastic or pleather feeling. Since it’s for a road trip, there is a long strap for over your shoulder as well as handles. The one reason I bought this bag is because the pocket section slips over my suitcase handles, allowing me to be hands-free in an airport.

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Do not forget to pack your charger cord or a power bank. Mine will give you 2 full phone charges and is easier to get to instead of fumbling around in our charger area to get my cord. I usually do not take my phone’s charger because I have to flip backwards to be able to get to its plug lol. So I take the power bank.

I love theme dressing so I will be wearing my Road Trip tee from Old Navy but here is another cute one and this girls’ trip tee. Word on the street is that one of the ladies is ordering us all a girls trip tee so that is fun. I may throw in a maxi dress but for the most part I will pack nice shorts and tops with an old tee to hang out in at night. I even have room for my robe; it’s short and light weight and has pockets – perfect for not wearing a bra. my-robe

I’m wearing a hoodie in the car in case the air conditioning is too cool. I am also saving space by not packing it.

me-wear-graphic-teeI also pack my vitamins and eye drops and one Zyrtec and one Tylenol in case I get a headache from something in that city.

The one bonus when you travel for an overnight trip for a weekend or take a short road trip is to remember that you are also packing your purse. Take the purse that can store some essentials like your charging cord pouch or power bank. Pack what you can in your purse.

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What’s in my Travel Bag?


This YouTube video is about what is in my Carry On or Travel Case or Travel Bag?  For this long weekend trip, I’m packing in a back pack.

First up is my Chap Stick that my neighbor made with her own Beeswax!!  Her Etsy page is The Just Bee Well Shop.  It lasts FOREVER!

I keep cheap ear buds or Skull Candy ones in a toiletry bag for easy storage.  I use this ID Case as my wallet.

Floss Sticks, a fingernail file (emory board-where’d that name come from), and my Happy Pills box go with me on every flight.

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For makeup brushes, I use one my sweet mama made me.  This flat roll up one is like mine.  But here’s one that allows you to take the lid off and stand up when you’re at your final destination.  I prefer mine to lie flat.

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Aah, my Japonesque eyeshadow palette!  You know those purchases that you’re so glad you bought way back when?  This is mine.  And my Becca Under Eye Brightener.  There’s also my new favorite liquid eyeliner.  I’ve about used up this sample size of Eyeko Black Liner.  I use this when I’m going to be on an airplane or at church where my eyes water because of dry eye.  I love my preservative free eye drops after flying and always travel with these.

I’m also packing my regular black eyeliner from Mary Kay because it is buildable and can smudge with my Ulta blue eyeshadow…with my Smudger Brush.  You just take a swipe of blue shadow and swipe it across your regular eyeliner, and it smudges just right.

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I’m loving this New Camelback water bottle because I don’t have to drink out of a straw.  You know how on most Camelbacks, you suck this thick straw?  I prefer drinking out of this new one.  It’s like a canteen, doesn’t leak, and the lid is attached by this cute strap.

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Oh my word, this is a game changer.

I borrowed my hubby’s Power Bank Charger.  The video shows you how easy it is to use.  It gives your phone one full charge in less than an hour.  So, when I’m on the plane, this will recharge my phone…even if I’m watching something.  But I am SO getting this pineapple one too.  The cord comes with FYI.

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Happy travels to y’all!  Look for an upcoming video on Tech Gear For Travel.

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