- Weekend getaways need planning: we’ve got your essentials below
- What you pack makes a different to the success of your trip
- Always have something for wet gear
- Jackets that pack into a pouch are worth their tiny weight in gold
- Don’t forget your bone broth!
- Stay strong with resistance bands
- Pack a small-but-mighty external charger
Is there anything better than a winter weekend getaway? That feeling of bundling up and exploring a world blanketed in white… Feeling the magic of holiday lights and catch-ups around the fire? We think it’s pretty close to perfection, which is why we’re planning a few ourselves right now. But before you go running for your oversized waxed canvas duffle bag, let’s run through a few items you should gather to go in the bag for a successful weekend trip.
A BAG WITHIN A BAG
If you’re lucky enough to be somewhere in the mountains, then make sure you take your swimwear because nothing beats that feeling of soaking in a hot tub while sticking your tongue out to catch a snowflake! What doesn’t feel so great is bringing back that wet swimsuit in your fancy weekender bag, which is why you’ll want to pack a waterproof stash bag. We love the Aloha Collection’s super packable (and stylish) bags, but if you’re looking for something a little more unisex, try this one.
LIGHTWEIGHT STASHABLE JACKET
While you may be taking your super stylish winter coat with you for that fancy dinner out, it’s always a good idea to pack a waterproof and/or insulated jacket in your bag. And thanks to some serious modern tech, you can now find ones that pack away to practically nothing. If you’re looking for (inexpensive) warmth, you can’t get a much better deal than this down jacket which packs into a small pouch. Want to make sure you’re covered in a sudden downpour but really tight on space? Check out this waterproof jacket from the North Face which packs into a bag no bigger than your glasses case! For the ladies, this water repellent and insulated jacket from Patagonia packs into its own pocket, making it a wise investment for years to come.
SINGLE-SERVE SACHETS OF BONE BROTH
The winter might be beautiful, but it’s also the time of dreaded colds and flu. Keep your immune system functioning at its best by switching out your hotel room coffee for a bone broth (these recyclable LonoLife Single Serve Cups fit in any standard Keurig style coffee maker). Packed full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, bone broth is the perfect drink to sip on during a winter weekend away. The LonoLife Bone Broth Stick Packs are also great if you’re staying in an Airbnb. You might even be tempted to make our one-of-a-kind Bloody Mary recipe if the hair of the dog is called for.
If you’re the kind of person who hates to miss a workout, resistance bands like these are the perfect solution for you. Did you know you can do an entire full-body workout with these tiny latex bands, and yet they weigh next to nothing and take up almost no room? Seriously, pack them in your weekend bag, dedicate 20 minutes to staying strong, and you’ll feel much better about that giant plate of pasta you’re planning on enjoying tonight.
Perhaps you’re caught up in the magic of city life and want to soak up every second of it. Maybe you’ve spent the day on the slopes and now want to reward your hard work with a couple of hours in the bar. Our guess is, your phone battery won’t want to hang that long (especially if you’ve been using it for maps, photos, or playing music). Our advice? Don’t leave home without an external charger. You can find a mini one that will fit in your pocket and believe us, when you realize you’re down to 5%, you’ll be thanking us for this one. (This mini portable charger is also a high-speed charger… Score!)