What To Pack for a Four Day Trip

April 16, 2010

During the visit with my aunt and uncle last week, they told me how they are going to Portland in May to visit their grandson. My aunt lamented the additional cost they were going to incur by checking their bags on Continental. Immediately my packing instinct (which I definitely was not born with, see this post) went into overdrive. “You don’t have to check your bags for a four day trip! You can each take a carry-on suitcase and a backpack and be good to go,” I said, then gave her a list of what to pack. This works for business trips and personal trips, just bring the correct type of clothes (i.e. slacks instead of jeans).

What to pack for a four day trip

In your suitcase (try this one from Samsonite or this one from Tumi)

(Choose your travel outfits from these clothes as well)

  • Two bottoms, one comfortable for travel, one suitable for dinner (i.e. slacks, jeans, shorts, a skirt)
  • Four tops that coordinate with both of your bottoms
  • At least one light jacket or sweater (unless you need a heavier jacket)
  • No more than three pairs of shoes, including a pair of flip flops
  • Enough undergarments, including socks/hose
  • Something to sleep in
  • Something to work out in
  • Toiletries (see my toiletry list here)
  • Chargers (phone, laptop, etc)

In your purse/backpack

  • Phone, wallet, lipstick, keys, etc.
  • Boarding pass
  • Laptop (if needed)
  • Plastic bag of liquid toiletries
  • Scarf/pashmina
  • Book or magazine

And with that you should be good to go! Carrying-on for a four day trip is pretty easy.

My packing list for the last four-day trip I took:

  • Black slacks, gray pinstripe slacks
  • Red cardigan, pink 3/4 sleeve cardigan, gray tunic sweater, teal short sleeved sweater (with coordinating camisoles)
  • Red winter coat, scarf, hat, gloves
  • Blue flats, gray boots, flip flops
  • Yoga pants and tank for sleeping and yoga
  • Toiletries
  • Chargers
  • Curling iron

In my purse:

  • Normal purse stuff (wallet, phone, lipstick, etc)
  • Laptop
  • Kindle
  • Plastic bag of toiletries
  • Knitting
  • Pashmina

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  1. David Gilliam said,

    Just read all the recent postings. This warriorette is brilliant. Informative and winsome. Thanks.

  2. Kate said,

    Love your list – my downfall to packing is running shoes – what can I say I am addicted?

    Found you through Corporette – LOVE that knitting is in your purse. Are you on Ravelry?

  3. roadwarriorette said,

    Hi Kate

    I think that flip flops don’t have to count as a pair of shoes since they are so small, and that makes room for your running shoes. It’s packing a pair of shoes for each outfit that gets you into trouble!

    Yes I am on ravelry. Knitting keeps me sane! It’s like yoga for your hands.

    and btw, I love Corporette :)

  4. Catherine Cate said,

    2 pair of pants: I assume that means wear one, pack one?

  5. Gigi said,

    Um no don’t think so, I’m going to dc and walking around all day for four days, you’ve GOTTA bring 4 or 5 pairs of almost EVERYTHING, and you can’t forget condoms :)

  6. vilia said,

    Helpful. Thnx. This made me more sure of myself.

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