What to pack for a weekend getaway
By Marcella Simmons
Deciding what to bring along on any outing whether it be for the weekend or the entire week depends on a number of things such as who all will be with you: if you have a baby, young child, teen ager or the like. If you’re going solo, or with a lover, friend or mate who is old enough to pack his or her own belongings, then there’s not much to worry about.
Another thing to consider when packing is where you might be going: if you’re off to the beach, the mountains, camping or just a weekend to a nearby city to take in a show or museum, there a few items that you can take along that makes traveling a little easier. You may also want to bring a book or magazine or two along just in case you get bored while you are away.
Bring along cool, comfortable clothes and walking shoes if you plan to walk around museums or gift shops. My favorite is cool cotton T’s and cotton capri’s worn with comfortable sandals. A light and festive dress with matching sandals might be appropriate for an evening on the town. Be sure to shop for a comfortable swimsuit with spandex for the best comfortable fit.
Be sure to bring along plenty of sunscreen, sun glasses, an extra beach towel or two, a large canvas tote bag to carry your beach items in, a small tote size umbrella just in case you need a bit of shade, an extra pair of inexpensive flip flops in your bag (in case you break a strap!), plenty of pony tail holders or ‘scrunchies’ for your hair, and a small dispenser of disposable hand wipes for fast clean ups – believe me, these come in handy with or without the kids.
When you’re ready to hit the sand, add a couple of bottles of fresh water for drinking to your tote. Bring along the sunscreen and beach items! Don’t overstuff your bag. A granola bar will make for a handy snack while you’re taking in the mid morning sun and scenery before lunch. Don’t forget the hat!
Bring along your camera, an extra battery pack or batteries, extra memory cards and a gallon size box of Ziplock bags for storage of smaller items. This will keep them safe and dry – always store separately form toiletries.
Bring along breath fresheners for between brushing – you never know who you might run into, and a container of delicious smelling body spray for life’s little ’emergency encounters.’
A backpack for the hike in the woods or the country made of water-resistant, coated nylon fabrics is your best bet for carrying stuff for this type of getaway. Always carry a long sleeve shirt, a couple of bottles of water, chewing gum, nuts, beef jerky and perhaps a few granola bars for your hike in the woods or up a mountain. Mosquito repellent and sun block are essential for this type of trip.
Wherever you decide to spend your weekend sounds like fun, and it will be if you bring along everything you need for comfort. It might be a good idea to always carry your cell phone on any outing – signal or not. You never know when you might end up lost in the woods or the mountains – at some point you might find a signal in case you need to call 911. And the best advice yet: always let someone know where you are going and when you will be returning.