5 Things To Do Before a Weekend Getaway

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I’m about to fly out to a press screening of the new Mirror Mirror movie tomorrow morning.

I travel so often that I seriously have packing and preparing for a trip down to a science. Weekend trips are especially easy for me to prepare for, so I love them!

I’ve been packed for this weekend since yesterday and just finished running a few last minute errands so that I can actually relax tonight and enjoy time with my family before I leave tomorrow morning!

Here are my top 5 things that I always do before heading out for a weekend getaway. Of course, longer vacations take a lot more planning, but these will work for a short trip!

1. Hit the A.T.M.

Seriously, you don’t want to get to your destination and not find an A.T.M. anywhere near you. This puts a damper on shopping, eating and whatever company you’re traveling with – no one wants to walk around with you looking for an A.T.M. This is also a fantastic way to stay on budget. If you take the cash out before you leave your home city, you know exactly how much you have to spend and won’t have to worry about keeping track of your credit card or debit card receipts!

2. Don’t forget the little things.

Remember those earphones for entertainment while on the plane and your cell phone charger! I make a short list the day before I am scheduled to leave and before I go to bed that night, I go through the list and make sure that everything is in my purse. I stick my earphones in my purse and put my iPad and iPhone on their charges right next to the door so that there’s no way I forget them.

TIP: Never pack your chargers in your bag, always put them in your purse. Why? Just in case your luggage gets lost, you don’t want to be without your chargers!

3. Pack light. 

For a weekend getaway, you don’t really need a lot of clothing and shoe options. Check the weather for the place you’re going and pack accordingly.

For instance, I will be in California and the weather is forecast as 70’s during the day and 40’s at night. I always bring a cardigan in my purse for the flight, so that doubles as a back up sweater for the evenings when it’s going to be colder. I am packing three outfits:

  • heavy-cotton dress for day 1
  • jeans and sweater for day 2
  • lightweight dress and sandals for travel coming home
  • one pair of nude heels that will match my outfits for day 1 and 2

Because I am staying at a nice hotel, I know that they will provide toiletries. I am bringing a shampoo and conditioner sample (just because I prefer my own shampoo for curly hair), travel sized deodorant, travel-sized toothpaste, tooth brush, a travel-sized atomizer of my favorite perfume, and frizz serum for my hair.

4. Plan your travel entertainment in advance. 

You know what stinks? Getting to the airport and realizing that you have no book, games or magazines in your bag, and then finding out that there is no in flight movie.

Yeah, that’s happened to me – on a 6 hour flight coming back from California a few years ago. I was miserable. 

Now I’m always prepared. I have a 6 hour flight each way this weekend, so I downloaded a few angry birds games on my iPad and iPhone, I downloaded an ebook on my iPad and I downloaded the first season of The Walking Dead from iTunes. I should be sufficiently entertained!

If you don’t have these electronic devices, grab a book, a few magazines, or a notepad to doodle. Anything is better than nothing, and the books and magazines at the airport are usually priced more expensively than your local Target or even grocery store!

5. Don’t forget your meds!

I suffer from the occasional migraine and have an allergy to shellfish. Whenever I travel anywhere, I always make sure to bring at least one of my migraine pills, and I bring Excedrin migraine, Melatonin sleep aid, Pepto Bismol tablets, etc. Having a small ziplock bag (I use the snack sized one) of the basic meds will save you from paying $15 for a bottle at the hotel gift shop, or hunting down a pharmacy!

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These are your basic tips for making your weekend getaway hassle free. Of course, things change when you’re going to be gone for a longer amount of time. For instance, later this month, my daughter and I are going on a week-long cruise. I have a whole different set of rules that I follow for a vacation like that; lining up a house-sitter, grocery shopping, scheduling bill payments, etc.

I love weekend getaways…they’re so easy, aren’t they?

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  1. says

    Oh gosh. I can hear my dad now. I am the most impractical being on the planet and I *love* my shoes. I bring way too many and I just can’t pack light! We might be going on vacation soon so these tips are perfect! :) Have fun in California!!!
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