Jon and I like to visit the Southern Interior, especially during the summer. Here’s how we pack for the few days we’re there.
It’s funny to think about my feelings on travelling. On the one hand, I don’t want to bring too many things because it can be too much to look after; on the other hand if I decide to exclude something, who knows when I’m going to need it!
I’m sure I’m not the only one who harbours such feelings, so I thought I’d go ahead and share my tips and tricks for packing for a short getaway.
How do you define a short getaway?
My husband Jon and I like to head out to the Southern Interior every once in a while to visit family. We generally stay with his parents in Salmon Arm, whether that’s at their home or at the family cabin. These trips go for two nights and two-and-a-half days. We always drive the 430+ km it takes to get from our place in Metro Vancouver — we never fly because that would mean we’d have to fly to Kamloops, and then rent a car afterwards. This is also the kind of packing we’d be doing if we were to spend a night or two in Seattle, which, while going over the border into another country, is only about 250 km from our home.
The main contents
Jon and I each have our own backpacks to tote around. We also pick items we can turn into multi-day outfits, as we have access to laundry facilities in both places. Where we skimp on outfits, the opposite is the case for our undergarments: I pack one pair of underpants for each day we are away, plus one more pair to be safe. The same goes for socks, unless I’ve condemned myself to a weekend of flip flops (which I have done many a time, mostly with no regrets). Underpants are small enough that I can roll them into the front pocket of my backpack; other articles of clothing go in the larger compartment. In the summer this is usually 2-3 pairs of rolled shorts, 2-3 loose t-shirts, an extra bra, a bathing suit and a hoodie. If I need to pack nicer clothing — like a dress for a wedding — I pack that separately in a garment bag.
Recently we devised a system to pack one reusable bag’s worth of stuff (with a few extra plastic bags for wet things) — this is usually a medium-sized bag. We pack shampoo, conditioner, dry shampoo, body wash & a loofah, along with Jon’s travel kit he got from Fossil. The kit has stuff for both of us in it, including an oscillating travel toothbrush (with one head for each of us), deodorant, floss, Q-tips, cotton pads, a travel-size shaving soap, two razors (one for his face and one for my legs) and band-aids.
As for the rest of my toiletries, I have a make-up cube that I pack with me, and I will usually take my toiletry bag that I tote to work, which already has a hairbrush and lip balm in it.
I have to take my hair straightener and my Dyson blow dryer with me, just in case. I have frizzy hair so it always helps to have these two things with me in the event I’d like to style my hair. If we need hairspray, or an extra pair of shoes, we bring out Jon’s smaller duffel bag (it’s about three feet long and a foot-and-a-half wide, with about a foot-and-a-half of depth) and throw whatever else we need in there — though we don’t generally have to resort to this as there’s usually enough room in our backpacks for a few extra things.
We also bring a couple of books (I usually bring no more than three) and our laptop just in case I need to do some blog work.
What do you like to pack for a quick road trip? Leave me a note in the comments!