How to Pack for an Overnight Trip!

I have a confession to make. Ever since I was little I have been the WORST packer ever. Whether I be staying the night at grandma’s or going out of the country for a week, I usually tend to overpack. No, not overpack, obscenely overpack. 

So you’re probably a bit confused to why you would be taking advice from an ocd packer, but here’s the catch. Through my packing triumphs and many failures I have learned to pack realistically while still making sure I have all the essentials.No longer do I bring a large suitcase with me for an overnight trip! I have upgraded to a small tote that fits all my needs and learned a few tips to help me with all my packing endeavors.  

My List!


Tip: It can be hard to choose between different clothing items while packing for a short trip, so try to pack versatile items that you can pair with any top/bottom!

  • One dressy top
  • Tank top
  • Jean shorts
  • Jeans
  • Sweater
  • Sweatpants
  • Hat
  • Bathing suit (depending on your trip)
  • Casual dress
  • Undergarments🤓


Tip: If you’re just traveling for the night keep the shoes simple. A pair of sandals and comfortable sneakers will do the job just fine!

  • Sandals
  • Sneakers


Tip: Now ladies I feel you on this one. I want to take my entire collection with me wherever I go but for an overnight trip it’s just not realistic. Pack the essentials only!

  • Concealer
  • Mascara
  • Bronzer
  • 2 Single eyeshadows
  • Blush/highlight duo
  • Bb cream
  • Lippie of your choice!

Tip: If you can muster up the courage to leave the hot tools at home… do it. 

  • Brush 
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner


  • Razor
  • Deodorant
  • Medicine
  • Contacts (if you’re basically blind like me🙃)
  • Makeup wipes 
  • Toothbrush/paste
  • Face wash/lotion

My Personal “Essentials”!

  • Earbuds
  • Phone
  • Phone charger
  • Notebook
  • Glasses
  • Sunglasses

Final Tip: Don’t stress! One night without 6 outfit options won’t kill you. Pack light! Essentials are all you need.


3 thoughts on “How to Pack for an Overnight Trip!

  1. Suzanne says:

    Thanks Shannon! This will now be my “go-to” checklist for those overnight stays! (It’s always the toothbrush I forget…ewwww!) I’m adding my Ralph Lauren footies. Best cotton for my toes!

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