If you’re checking out the weather report for your upcoming trip and starting to freak out about the intensity of the heat or humidity, take a deep breath – you’re in the right place. Sweat and thigh chafing aren’t fun, but a little preparation helps a LOT. Here’s my ultimate minimalist list of what to pack for a casual weekend in hot weather, plus some pro tips.
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Ultimate Packing List For A Weekend In Hot Weather
- Cross-body purse
- This cross-body is the one I’ve been using nearly every day. It’s durable, pack-able, and the perfect size.
- Phone & charger
- If you’re on the hunt for a new phone, I highly recommend this LG device because it takes amazing photos.
- Cameras & chargers
- SD card with lots of room
- Lens Cloth
- I was gifted Eric’s Mom’s old Kindle and I love having it! Here’s the latest one, which is still affordable. It’s so much lighter and easier to pack away than a regular book, plus you can load it with tons of options.
- (optional) Portable USB charger
- This one isn’t the same as the one I have, but it’s very similar.
- (optional) Selfie stick
- If you’re doing any solo travel, you should consider getting one! Mine is super basic, but here’s the best-seller on Amazon.
- (optional) Universal travel adapter
- This inexpensive adapter has worked great for me.
- Travel-size toiletries:
- Hair ties
- Pocket tissues
- 2 packs if you’re going to have to use it as toilet paper.
- I’m obsessed with this one. Instead of packing shaving cream, I just lather up my shower gel.
- (optional) Hair styling products
- (optional) Makeup
- (optional) Prescriptions
- (optional) Melatonin & Ibuprofen
- Melatonin is a great natural supplement if you have trouble falling asleep in new places.
Clothes & Accessories
- 2 T-shirt dresses
- I’ve been loving this breezy, comfy one from H&M.
- Capri leggings
- These were my favorites for such a long time.
- Full-length leggings
- These Hanes leggings are such good value! They’ve lasted just as long as my $50 American Apparel winter leggings and my $40 Victoria Secret yoga leggings.
- Cotton bike shorts
- If it’s humid and hot, I never wear a dress without slipping into a pair of cotton bike shorts. I haven’t tried these ones personally, but I’ve tried out a lot of different cotton shorts, and none have ever let me down, so I’m sure they’re just fine. Forever 21, Target, H&M and Decathlon all have good options.
- Walking shoes
- My Merrells are literally the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned.
- Invest in Birkenstocks! I swear you will NOT regret it. They’re so comfy and versatile.
- 2 pairs of socks
- I’m all about the comfy socks.
- 4 pairs of underwear
- PJ dress
- I love the ones from Forever 21 for hot, humid nights.
- These were my first pair of expensive sunglasses, and they’re still kicking after traveling across the globe.
- (optional) Bathing suit
- (optional) Sports bra
- The sports bra can double as a bathing suit top if you’re not sure whether you’ll be swimming on your trip or not. If you’ve got big boobs and hate shopping for sports bras, try out the Nordstrom Zella sports bras! Free returns too if it doesn’t work out.
- (optional) Hat
- I know most stuff from H&M isn’t that nice, but I promise you this hat is not one of those things. It feels like really nice quality, and mine has held up really well so far. Plus, they make more than the “one size” size, so that’s exciting for us big-headed folk. If I’m spending extended time in the sun, I always bring a hat.
- Water bottle
- Best water bottle, hands down, is right here. I haven’t even dented it yet, and I’ve had it for almost a year, which is amazing based on my track record. It’s vacuum insulated, so if you put ice in it and open it 12 hours later, you’ll still have ice-cold water.
- Local currency
- Packing cubes
- For a weekend, I take the 2 small packing cubes from this set of 3 – one to organize my earbuds, cords and other small electronic accessories, and the other to keep my passport, itinerary, cards, etc. It’s an easy way to stay organized.
- 1 quart-size ziploc bag
- Just do it.
- 1 plastic shopping bag or mesh laundry bag
- I like to be able to seperate my dirty clothes from my clean ones in some way.
- Granola bars
- It’s always nice to have these in your carry-on no matter where you’re headed.
When it comes to thigh chafing, deodorant between the thighs is far less powerful than a cotton clothing item. That’s why I’m either in a t-shirt dress with leggings or a sun dress with bike shorts.
Natural fabrics will save you – I’m all about that cotton!
Ditch body-con shapes. When selecting your clothes, go for things that are breezy and don’t hug your body.
If you sweat like me and are afraid of it showing, avoid solid, light-colored fabric. I’m a fan of colorful, patterned designs and solid black or white.
Minimalist packing is about versatile items. Here’s 2 examples: 1) use clear shower gel as face wash, body wash, shampoo and shaving cream; 2) use your cardigan as a towel (yep, I’ve done it).
If you’re packing for more than a weekend, just double the clothing items on this list (not the shoes), and do some laundry if necessary. You can even use that clear shower gel to hand wash clothes in the sink.
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