Lately I’ve been taking a lot of shorter trips, so much so that it’s made me come to realize I might not need to bring my usual carry-on hard-side suitcase. I’ve been opting for a much softer option in the form of a weekender, and packing it is a little different than I pack my carryon. Like packing for a weekend trip, today I’ve partnered with Lo & Sons to share some short and sweet tips for packing a weekender bag.
I’ve been a huge fan of their bags and smart design sense for a couple of years now, so I was really excited when they offered one. I chose the Rhodes bag, which is traditionally listed as a men’s bag, but I really dig the darker color and finishes. The bag is made from twill, and recycled poly fabric (made from recycled water bottles!) so you know I’m already a big fan. It is quite large, and I’ve found no trouble at all in fitting everything I need into it.
Plan your items.
As space is always of the essence while packing, it’s important to plan your items ahead to make the most of available space. I love to utilize my travel light grid system as it works for every single trip I’ve ever been on. It makes packing quick and effortless when you can see everything you need to bring.
Use shoes as your base.
The first thing I add into the bag are my shoes, as there is a handy compartment at the bottom to store them in. I normally only bring one or two pairs, but for our recent trip to Lake Tahoe, I fit 3 pairs of waterproof boots in the bottom which I feel is quite impressive. I also think that shoes are one of the heaviest items you’ll pack, so keeping them on the bottom of the bag is essential.
Now comes the fun part, the clothes! I like to start by layering my outfits into a stack, then inserting it vertically into the bag (ala the Marie Kondo folding method). It is easiest if you stand the bag up on it’s side so that it stands tall.
After I place my items in I’m usually left with some empty space, so it’s perfect to fold a coat and fill it horizontally to keep the vertical items in place. I also utilize excess space by doing things like putting my toiletry bag inside of a hat. Not only does it help keep the shape of the hat, it takes up less space than if I were to add it separate.
Finish with delicates
Now is time to add the more delicate items like hats. I am sure to place them on top so they are not squished while in transit. Lo & Sons was also kind enough to send over their Hanover backpack, which is also made from recycled poly and boasts some smart features like a soft laptop pocket, secure zipper, and a sleeve to place it security onto the handle of a rolling carry-on suitcase.
Do you travel with a weekender often? I’d love to hear your tips too!
The bags featured in this post were sent over by Lo & Sons, a company I have been a fan of for a long time. Photos featuring Jessica by Sarah Hettervik for Hej Doll.