Foolproof Weekend Travel Checklist from One Dum-dum to Another
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Foolproof Weekend Travel Checklist from One Dum-dum to Another

Packing? More Like Nomadic Hoarding.

It can be the literal bane of anyone’s existence. But I would like to think that after traveling my entire life I’ve been drafted into the NPL. The National Packing League, that is. Not Morgan though. She’s going to be a packing bench-warmer for the rest of her life.

So take it from me, a packing champion. Here are my top-notch, high-quality, Blu-Ray level packing tips and travel must-haves for a weekend trip in checklist form.


1. Pack your entire closet

Really. Pack all of it. You need options right? So, pack all 20 t-shirts, 10 jeans, 15 jean shorts and denim skirts, 6 sweaters, 5 winter jackets, and the socks you’ve been wearing for the past two weeks. Who knows? A combined snow-dust storm could hit you with a side of lightning at any time.

Or I guess you could be one of those really boring, logical people that actually checks for good weather and packs properly. Let me guess, you’ll bring:

| 3-4 t-shirts (and a nude tank-top)

| 1 dress (casual and dressy) – optional

| Jeans (that you’ll wear on the way there)

| 1 pair of jean shorts and/or a denim skirt

| A light sweater or jacket

| Comfy sleeping clothes

| 2 pairs of socks

| sunglasses and a purse


2. Forget your source of entertainment.

Activities are overrated so you should forget about them right now. What are you – five?

The wiser decision is staring off into the abyss contemplating all of your life decisions, wondering why you’re a single, unsuccessful lonely 20-something. That’s the way to go, I promise. You won’t regret that decision at all.

Or be a less evolved simpleton and bring your:

| headphones (and headphone splitters to spread the entertainment with your simpleton friends)

| cellphone (easier to forget than you think)

| a fully charged battery pack (and cord)

| a pack of cards

| a soggy Subway sandwich (that everyone definitely wants to see you feasting on like a goblin)


3. Leave your house a ransacked mess.

Before you leave, make sure you trash your house like a frat party swept through it. This is an absolute must. Red solo cups on all surfaces. Moldy food in the fridge. Dirty dishes in the sink. Wet clothes in the washer. You name it. Who doesn’t want to come to a house that smells like the sewage?

Or be one of those creepy overachieving Type A neat freaks that double-triple-quadruple checks to make sure:

| there’s no laundry in the washer (Mildew Central called – they want their mildew back.)

| the heater, gas, and power strips are off (unless you want to be homeless – then don’t bother checking)

| the fridge is clear of perishables

| you do the dishes (or you could call 1-800-CRITTERS-NOW)

| the bed is made (to make the squatters feel at home)


4. Don’t bother with hygiene and underwear.

This is a travel hack I swear by. Not only is it a luxury I can’t afford, not carrying these extravagant items also saves me space, time, and energy. Who needs Colgate teeth and a fresh smelling bod when I could smell like a walking-talking boys locker room?

Or if you’re one of those high-flying first-class travelers, bring:

| a toothbrush (or your finger works too)

| toothpaste

| hairbrush/ comb

| deodorant (preferably Axe so everyone knows you’re a pre-pubescent boy)

| undergarments

| make-up (for that freshly frosted cake look)

| skincare (unless you want to look like a crusty gremlin)


So, there you have it. My top secret packing and travel tips I’ve learned since being drafted into the NPL. In all seriousness, the biggest thing is making sure our house is clean and good to go. There’s really nothing worse than coming back to a dirty, messy house after a whole weekend of traveling. Except of course zero food in the house, save for a moldy apple and fishy ramen.

Peace out. Prachi out.

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What are some of your A++ packing tips and tricks? And do you just leave your bag on the floor for a month after coming back from a trip or is that just me? Let me know in the comments or email me at! 




    I like the bring skincare or look like a crusty goblin line, haha… I get pimples every time I travel, so I always have to pack travel sized packs of skin care for my face especially. Short, witty article that was a pleasure to read.^^

    • alieneating

      Me too! I break out every single time because of the gross recycled plane air. Bringing skin care is the best thing I’ve discovered since microwaveable Kraft dinner. I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post and I hope you find it helpful in the future while travelling.

    • alieneating

      That’s the absolute worst – especially when you’re past the turning point. Before I figured out this whole list, I used to forget the most mundane things like my toothbrush or cell phone charger. Cell phone charger! Who forgets that?! Thank you for reading and I’m glad you found it helpful.

  • Alla Ponomareva

    Not sure if you mentioned, but something I’ve learned the hard way is totally forgetting your pills! Large quantities if you’re traveling for a while would be ideal, otherwise your location of choice may not carry your specific brand. Also, making a check list so as to not forget important items like pills and packing in advance – have your bag a few days in advance and start tossing things in.

    • alieneating

      I never even thought about pills! I usually carry some generic Advil or Ibuprofen with me but nothing besides that. What’s the earliest you start packing? I don’t think I’ve ever packed any time before two days before I leave haha. After that it’s a good scramble to gather everything I need!

  • Loma

    I am a organization-obsessed kinda person, so packing is the worst/best time of my travels. I agree with your whole systema – except I use the same list for a 3 month travel with ease! I like to pack light (very light, that kinda of light that usually drives me into the “oh god I should have packed that extra shirt” situation). But I am pretty happy with my little packing – it gives me space for shopping souvenirs to friends and great craft work from locals! Also: love item number 3! AMEN TO THAT!

    • alieneating

      Wow! I can’t imagine using the same list for three months of travelling. That’s something I’ll have to work on for sure. The good thing is even if you pack too little, you can always buy a t-shirt or two on the go. I’d rather that than get there and realize “I really didn’t need this royal blue red carpet worthy gown for that one event I didn’t end up going to”.

      I’ve left my house an absolute mess a few times before leaving for the weekend and I’ve hated my life the second I stepped back in. The only thing I want to do is take a shower and jump right into my bed-fort. Not look at the ten garbage bags, five laundry piles, and stack of dishes in the sink.

      Thanks for reading the post and I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Wendy

    The beds need to be made and the house needs to clean. I can’t go back to a messy house after a relaxing vacation. It will ruin the vacation that just happened!:-). And… uhhmmm packing is my expertise! hahaha… after years of packing and unpacking for my husband whenever he goes to business trips (and that’s literally every month!), it comes natural to me already. my challenge comes when I am packing for the whole family when we go to vacations. that’s another matter….

    • alieneating

      Oh God. I can’t imagine packing for another person! Props to you on that. Sometimes I can barely pack for myself, especially when I’m in a rush. On top of that, Morgan (my co-blogger) is on the phone asking me what she should bring.

      Absolutely! My bed castle needs to be made so that I can jump right in as soon as I get home. That’s the only thing I want to be doing when I come home after a weekend trip or vacation. Thanks for reading!

  • Nande Kizza

    Haha, I’m definitely the type of travelor who packs all my clothing items. I’m also the weirdo who makes sure the fridge is empty, all plugs are off and my bed is made!

    • alieneating

      Haha I always try to make sure my bed is made before leaving. There’s honestly nothing worse than coming back to an unmade bed after travelling. It makes the whole place seem messy and like I’ve walked into a post-tornado disaster scene!

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