I used to be the girl who rocked up for an overnight trip with a carry on suitcase, overkill to say the least. What can I say, I like my creature comforts, and having my favourite things with me even for one night is important. It’s definitely not practical though, so it’s something I’ve worked on throughout the last year. I do a lot of overnight trips for work, so streamlining my packing process for a single night. Whilst I still occasionally disregard my own advice, these are the tips I’ve found most useful!
You don’t need options. For the most part, when you’re only away for one night, you simply don’t need a multitude of options. I’m definitely guilty of packing multiple outfit options, multiple lipstick options, just bulking my overnight bag up with unnecessary extras. Now before any travel, even just for one night, I like to make a list of everything I need, and just pack one of each thing, get rid of any extras. You can go without the multiple makeup options for one day, and chances are you’ll still like the outfit you picked today, tomorrow.
Samples, Samples, Samples. You know those tiny single use sachet samples you get in magazines, in online orders, from the kind saleswoman in Space NK? The ones too small to be useful for travel, that get forgotten at home? This is the time when they SHINE. Pack your single use sachets for your overnight trip, the one use moisturiser, the one use hair styling cream, the one use shampoo, whatever you need. They’ll take up much less room than even your travel minis, and you can throw them out once you’re done with them, instead of lugging them home.
Check the weather and your schedule. Being prepared is half the battle when it comes to concise packing. Check the weather at the last possible minute to make sure you’re best prepared, and carefully consider what you’ll be doing. The amount of times I’ve gone away for an overnight work trip and not considered the next days activities close enough, and ended up without a proper coat, or steel toes that I may need.
Multitaskers, always. This goes for beauty bumf and clothes! If you’re wearing jeans, a jumper and trainers for one day, chances are you can wear them the next with just a tshirt, underwear and sock change! Can you pack a moisturiser or serum that works well for day and night, or a hair oil that can double as a body moisturiser. Minimise your packing as much as possible by choosing products and clothes that can double up.
Invest in a good quality, smaller overnight bag. If, like me, you travel for shorter lengths of time frequently, a smaller overnight bag is well worth investing in. Not only does it save you lugging around a bigger bag you’ve overfilled just because you can, it’ll inspire you to pack lighter! Mine is actually a mens overnight bag from Ted Baker (all the nicest overnight bags seem to be aimed at mens?) and since having this I’ve been so keen to use it that I’ve been streamlining my packing for even three or four day trips so I can use it!
Make the most of your accommodation’s amenities. I’m not sure I’ve ever stayed in a hotel that didn’t at least have shampoo and bodywash, most have more. Even AirBNB’s this day are trying to keep up, providing at least basic beauty amenities to keep you going on your trip. A quick google beforehand will tell you what your accommodation offers, to keep you going for a night.
Do you have any tips for streamlining packing?