One of my very favorite things to do is travel with my girlfriends. Those friendships are so incredibly important to me and I never pass on an opportunity to spend time together exploring new places, trying new restaurants and wine, and catching up. Some of my favorite trips have included a weekend in Chicago, St. Augustine, New Orleans, and locally at Fearrington Village. These are core memories for me and those trips are always just what I need to refill my cup! Here is the ultimate girls’ weekend packing list with 15 essentials you’ll need!
The Ultimate Girls’ Weekend Packing List: 15 Essentials You’ll Need
You know you won’t catch me without sunscreen no matter the season or situation. I use this one as part of my morning skincare routine and this is my go-to body spray. For traveling, I like this set, especially since it comes in an insulated bag.
We always make a pit stop at the grocery store on the way to get situated and pick up snacks, drinks, and other items we need for our time together. I always look forward to this for ways to find new, healthy snack options while also grabbing old favorites, like Cheetos.
A Good Book:
I never travel without a book or two. This is fun to swap with friends while on a trip or to leave in an Air BnB or a local Free Little Library. If I run out of books, it is a great way to find a local, independent bookstore to explore and pick up another one. Looking for beach reads? Check out this post with some of my favorite reads from the summer. Here is a full look at my reading list.
Mini Portable Speaker:
Reusable Water Bottle:
This is a great travel water bottle that can be used for other beverages as well. I try to avoid using plastic water bottles, so this size in particular is my go-to for traveling. It also keeps coffee hot if we go for a walk in the morning and wine cold in the evenings.
Travel Cell Phone Charger:
Regardless of whether or not my phone holds a charge well, I still like to have a portable cell phone charger just in case. This one is a great option and I keep it in my travel bag at all times.
I love these wipes, and they are great for traveling. I especially like that they are individually packaged, making them easy to keep in my bag.
The Lo & Sons O.G. bag is my go-to bag for traveling. It’s an easy tote to throw my purse in as a carry-on and it has so much space. I also use it for road trips since it has padding for my laptop. I bought mine in 2014 and it is still in great shape!
This camera is just *so* fun for creating postcards from trips with your friends.
Mini Toiletries that Multitask:
While I don’t like to bring my entire toiletry collection, these are a couple of my favorite products I bring this hydrating face spray and this Rose Salve. The spray is a great makeup setter plus helps keep my skin hydrated, while the Rose salve is a great option for an undereye cream, for scrapes, blisters, etc.
This affordable option is great for traveling and if you lose one, you haven’t broken the bank with some of the more expensive versions. It comes in a variety of patterns and colors and could be fun to personalize for friends.
Here are some of my favorite, affordable wines!
Bathing Suit/Laundry Bag:
The one thing I do not like about traveling is the whole dirty clothes thing. This bag is perfect for keeping them separate and is also a great option for still-wet bathing suits.
While I pride myself in my ability to sleep, the first night or two of sleeping somewhere new can be a struggle. I took a Unisom while I was in St. Augustine and I slept well, felt well-rested, and rejuvenated for the day ahead.
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This post was originally published in 2019 and has since been updated and recirculated for 2023.