How to Pack for a Long Weekend Away

I hope that everybody had a nice weekend! Ryan and I officially are away on our anniversary trip to Door County, Wis. Be sure to follow along on Snapchat and Instagram (msinthemidwest) to see what we are up to. In the meantime, Kristen put together a fantastic post about how to pack for a long weekend away. Enjoy!

Hi Karly’s readers! A huge thank you to the fabulous Karly for having me over at her place today while she’s off on her anniversary getaway. For those of you I haven’t met before, my name is Kristen and I blog over at See You In A Porridge (unrelated to goldilocks) about a whole lot of nothing and everything; books, cats, travelexpat life (I’m from Australia) etc etc.

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One of my favourite things to talk about, post about, read about, think about is packing. It’s one of my favourite parts about travelling, because it involves planning and I love to plan. I’m all about that carry on life, whether it’s for 2 weeks or 3 days. You can find all my packing posts on my blog, or below.


Sure, some might say I get way too into packing and planning what to pack, but the alternative for me is ‘throw everything in a huge suitcase, not wear anything because everything is wrinkled, nothing matches and oh look a H&M I’ll just buy a new wardrobe’. I’d much rather plan what to pack and what to wear before we leave, so I don’t have to worry about things like that when I’m actually there.


Obviously longer trips require more planning, but shorter trips still stress me out because I don’t like just having one option, and on a longer trip at least I have more to mix and match. So I tend to throw way more than I need in a bag for a smaller trip than I would for a longer trip, you know – for the dreaded just in case.


I have never been to Door County, Wis., though of course I googled it and it looks absolutely gorgeous. If I were going, this is what I would pack:


(Over) Packing for a long weekend away
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You might be thinking, wow, that’s a lot for a few days… but like I said, I like options, and if it fits, it’s coming. Well to be honest, I’d probably pack more layers because even though I now live in Kentucky and I can handle the winters (with plenty of complaining) I still grew up in Sydney and I don’t do cold well.

and here are the outfits I’d put together using those items:



 Obviously, you could mix and match or switch it up however you wanted. I normally change clothes at least once a day, when travelling, so that’s why I like having multiple options.



Anyway, if you’ve seen one of my packing posts before, you know I am pretty true to my ‘style’ – that being lots of stripes and neutrals. My outfits might seem a bit boring, but I am okay with that. When I look back on my photos, or think back on memories, I’m not focusing on my outfits. I’m thinking about the cities we explored, the food we ate and the fun we had. The only time I remember my outfit is in a negative way – I might remember that I wore boots instead of sneakers just to look cute and my feet hated me, and that’s not a memory I want.
I’d much rather forget about my feet and enjoy the wonderful world of travel, right?


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Thanks again to Karly for having me!


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  1. Emily Dunham wrote:

    I LOVE that overnight bag and everything else that goes in it. Definitely love the idea of having options. Hope you are having a great trip!

    Posted 10.6.16 Reply
  2. Great tips! I want to be able to wear each of these outfits:) I’m all for as many options and combinations as I can have!

    Posted 10.5.16 Reply
  3. mdb0112 wrote:

    Great packing tips, Kristen! Hope you’re having fun, Karly! xx, I’m Fixin’ To

    Posted 10.5.16 Reply
  4. Kristen is seriously the packing queen! I love all of the pretty fall outfits she put together for your trip, which I can’t wait to follow along!

    Posted 10.4.16 Reply
  5. Oooh, you’re a packing pro, Kristen- thanks for the tips!

    Le Stylo Rouge

    Posted 10.4.16 Reply
  6. Emily B. wrote:

    Kristin has a knack for pulling together some cute yet practical outfits for traveling…something I’ve never been good at! Hope you have an amazing time celebrating your anniversary!

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  7. Hiiiii Kristen! Girlfriend is the packing pro and goes on the best trips! Have an amazing anniversary trip <3
    Green Fashionista

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  8. Kristen – you are the packing expert! You should seriously like write a book about this haha. And Karly – hope you guys are having fun in Door County!!

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  9. Your packing posts are something of pure beauty and engineering genius my friend.

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  10. Cassie Schelldorf wrote:

    Kristen, I found your blog after I googled how to pack for a two week trip in a carry on. I went to NZ and AUS in August, with a three day trip to Houstin, TX on the front end, and a three day work trip in Sydney on the back end. I DID IT. And I will never EVER pack anything more than a carry on again. I had SIX legs of my flight…no way was I going to drag around a huge suitcase. If I can do that, I can do anything! Thanks again for all of the tips 🙂


    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  11. Olya wrote:

    I love what you would pack to Door County! You know I love that you included stripes! Haha. Hope you are having a blast in Door County, Karly! We loved it so much when we visited. 🙂

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  12. Love it, especially because you always make outfits that I would actually wear (a lot of packing lists are full of outfits I would never wear).

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  13. Nadine wrote:

    Kristen is the best packer I know!!! I literally want every last one of these outfits. So perfect!

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  14. Options are the best- especially when you can get them to all fit easily! I’ll take every single one of those outfits in my closet 😉

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  15. Pamela wrote:

    Girl, you are the queen of packing! I love all your tips and how you always manage to re purpose items for completely different outfits! Genius! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  16. This is such a cute post! I always struggle with overpacking and I love how you showed how you can style all the pieces multiple times. I will for sure check out these posts next time I go on a trip.

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  17. Jenn wrote:

    I’m totally going to be using this this coming weekend when I’m packing for Minnesota 🙂

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  18. hope you’re having the best time ever girl 🙂 thanks again for having me!

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  19. Biana Perez wrote:

    I honestly don’t think there has been a better packer ever! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply
  20. The Adored Life wrote:

    This is PERFECT timing for me as yet again I am leaving on a trip!
    The Adored Life

    Posted 10.3.16 Reply

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