The Ultimate Packing List for Your Weekend Getaway

The Ultimate Packing List for Your Weekend Getaway

There’s nothing like a weekend trip to shake things up or add some much needed R&R to your routine.

As any frequent traveler will tell you, short trips are the key to filling your life with adventure – and the key to short trips is packing. You don’t want to be weighed down by bulky or heavy luggage, nor arrive all the way to your destination only to realize you left your last pair of contact lenses at home.

So whether you’ll be sipping your way through California wine country or skiing through the heart of the Rocky Mountains in Whitefish, Montana, here’s what you need to know about packing for your next weekend getaway.

The Essentials

Make sure you don’t leave home without bringing the necessities:

  • Cell phone and charger
  • Keys
  • Wallet
  • Medicine
  • Toiletries (ex: soap, hair products, makeup)
  • Driver’s license and/or other IDs
  • Tickets and reservations
  • Water and snacks
  • Clothes and accessories for all types of weather
  • A small blanket in case you get cold

Work and Entertainment

Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure, or both, these items are sure to come in handy:

  • Laptop or tablet
  • Books and magazines
  • Headphones
  • Playing cards or other games
  • A good playlist of your favorite music and podcasts

Empty space!

You’ll want to make sure you leave room for the things you’ll gather while on your trip!

Learn more about how Amtrak’s generous baggage policy and our Red Cap service can help you make the most of your travels.