If you work Monday to Friday every week, you probably look forward to the weekend. Weekends can be even more exciting when you have a trip planned. Even though it is only for two or three days, knowing what to pack for your trip can be hard.
So, you want to know how to pack a weekend travel backpack for men? Before you put anything in your backpack for the weekend, lay it out on your bed or table to make sure you don’t forget anything. If you can see everything you’re going to bring, you don’t have to keep checking in your backpack to see if you put something inside.
Keep reading to learn more packing tips and to find out exactly what things you should be laying out to put in your backpack for your weekend trip.
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Planning for any trip is important, big or small. Until you plan where you’re going and what you’re going to be doing, you can’t pack your bag.
Once you do know where you’re going, however, you can check the expected weather for the weekend and choose clothing based on that. If it’s winter and going to be snowing all weekend, you obviously don’t want to pack t-shirts and shorts. If it’s going to rain, you can pack an umbrella and clothes you don’t mind getting wet.
Your plan and destination are also important to note when deciding if you should pack swimwear. If it’s winter and your hotel doesn’t have an indoor pool, it’s safe to say you won’t need swimming trunks.
Planning what you might do is also important. If you’re going to be walking around a lot to sightsee, you’re going to want to pack comfortable clothing and shoes. If you’re going to be going on a fancy night out to a restaurant and theatre, you will need formal clothing and dress shoes.
You don’t need to plan everything down to a tee, but having a rough plan of what you want to do on your trip can help aid your packing.
Pick a Good Weekend Travel Backpack
Before you start packing a bag, you need to have one. A backpack is a great option for a weekend trip as you can keep it on you at all times, even if you’re flying.
Most backpacks, especially one you would bring on a weekend trip, are small enough to fit in overhead compartments on planes, trains and busses. This will save you both time and money from not having to check your bag. If you’re driving to your weekend getaway, using a backpack will save space in your car as well.
The next question is: what kind of backpack should you bring? Getting a weekend travel backpack that has a front-opening can be great for trips as you don’t have to pull everything out when you want something at the bottom, you can just open your backpack from the front.
Getting a backpack made of an anti-theft material is also a great idea for trips to new places. The anti-theft material will stop thieves from being able to cut your bag open.
In a similar vein, getting a weekend backpack that is either waterproof, water resistant or has a waterproof cover is a good idea for rainy places. This type of material can also be good to protect your bag from getting too dirty while it is in the overhead on a plane, bus or train or even in your car’s trunk.
If you don’t want to carry your backpack all the time, there are a lot of great backpacks that come with wheels on the bottom as well. This means you can switch from carrying it on your back to rolling it around when there’s a smooth enough floor to do so. This brings together the convenience of a backpack and a suitcase.
Pack Extra Clothing
After you picked your bag, finished planning your trip and know what type of clothing you want to bring, start laying out outfits. Packing articles of clothing together based on the outfit you want to wear will help keep your things organized.
If you fold or roll an entire outfit together, for example, you can just pull it out of your backpack at once instead of having to unpack and rummage through everything. Planning outfits will also help you know what articles of clothing you need to bring.
When planning outfits, try to pick articles of clothing that can be worn with multiple items. A dark pair of jeans, for example, can be dressed up or down if you want an outfit for the day time and for a more formal evening look.
That being said, you should always bring a few extra articles of clothing. Maybe an extra outfit, socks and underwear just to be on the safe side. If something you were planning to wear all night gets dirty or wet, you’ll have a backup.
Get a Toiletry Bag
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Although some men don’t think toiletries are important, everybody uses them. Even if you don’t have a skincare routine or a lot of hair products, you will still have basic toiletries. Packing them all into one bag within your backpack will keep things organized and minimize the risk of your toiletries leaking onto your clothing.
Your toiletry bag can include things like your razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, cologne, and travel-sized shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Having these all in one bag, preferably a waterproof one, will make it easy to take them out and pack them away again later.
If you don’t have travel-sized items, you can buy small, empty bottles online or in stores to make your own travel-sized products. Simply empty your favorite full-sized shampoo or conditioner into the small, empty bottles. These are also refillable and reusable so you can use them again on every trip.
Keep Your Backpack Light
As the name suggests, your weekend travel backpack will need to be carried on your back. If it is too heavy and overstuffed, you could injure your back and shoulders. Starting your trip off with an injury would not be fun, so keep your bag light.
This can be done by limiting how much you’re bringing. An outfit for each day plus one extra as we discussed earlier. Maybe one pair of shoes other than the ones you’re wearing, your toiletry bag, any gadgets like a tablet or laptop you want to bring and lastly your essentials.
Packing your essentials in another, smaller bag is a good option. You can carry a small, cross body sling bag to carry your essentials on your front. This is a bag that you can use during the day on your trip as well so you’re not constantly carrying a big backpack.
As backpacks are quite small, you will need to make sure you pack strategically so everything fits. Heavier items like your extra pair of shoes should go at the bottom of the bag. Don’t forget to put your shoes in a separate bag, something simple like a grocery bag will do, to ensure the rest of your items don’t get dirty.
Next, you can pack your clothes on top. Rolling your clothes up will help save space as well. If you really need more space, you can put your clothes in packing cubes or in vacuum-sealed bags to keep the air out, allowing you to fit more clothing in.
Finally, pack your toiletry bag and your electronics. Make sure you pack your electronics are in a safe space like a separate pocket or a smaller bag to ensure that they don’t get damaged.
Don’t forget to pack a dirty laundry bag or a bag for any wet clothes if you’re planning on going swimming. This will let you separate any clean clothes you don’t wear from your dirty ones.
If you’re going somewhere cold or rainy, you will need to bring layers of clothing, a jacket and maybe even boots. These are all heavy articles of clothing, so how can you avoid carrying them? Wear them!
Wear your heaviest articles of clothing on your travel days rather than packing them. They won’t feel as heavy on as they would feel stuffed into your backpack.
The last tip is to pack realistically. A weekend is not a long time, especially in a new place. You will likely be out and about exploring the new area, not sitting in your room on your laptop.
So think about whether or not you need multiple books, a laptop, a tablet and all the chargers that come with it. The answer will probably be no. The same goes for clothing, if you don’t wear that big, heavy coat, in your normal life, you probably won’t wear it on holiday either.
Strive to pack comfortable, realistic things that you know you will use. This will save space and make sure your bag is not too heavy, saving your back as well.
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