Packing for a Long Weekend + Outfit Combos

Oh hey there!

I don’t know about you guys, but we’ve had some really lovely fall days around these parts lately, and it’s been filling my soul right up.

Tomorrow we’re going to a pumpkin patch with my sister and nieces, and tonight we’re going to go on a leaf treasure hunt.


It’s funny how becoming a parent truly does make you a little lame, but in the best way possible. I would 100% rather go on a leaf hunt than do half of the things I did before having kids.

It’s one of the many paradoxes of parenthood I think.

Speaking of paradoxes:

last week we traveled to my parents for a relaxing few days while David was camping with some friends of his (OH I was so jealous not to be camping with him!).

Did you catch it?

traveled and relaxing. Yes my friends, that is the paradox.

Is it possible to relax and travel with three toddlers? Probably not.

But it was a good trip, and I don’t regret it.

So since it’s been awhile since I shared a packing list with you guys, I thought I’d share one now. I always love seeing what other people pack, and it seems like you guys like these types of posts as well, so… yeah!

Let’s do it:

We were gone Wednesday through Sunday and the weather was in the low 40’s-50’s the entire time (we even had snow on our drive home. Crazy!). So by Minnesota standards that’s cold, but not THAT cold.

I packed 8 items:

3 pairs of shoes (I could have done with just two)

2 tops

1 cardigan

2 pairs of pants.


1 jacket & 1 scarf

I kept things pretty minimal since we weren’t going to be doing much other than hanging out with my parents with the girls and an occasional casual meal here or there.

Although looking at the clothes I brought, I definitely could have put together a nicer evening outfit if I wanted to (black denim, cardigan, clogs… easy!).

There were a couple of days where I wished I would have brought a warmer coat, but I made do with layers.

I definitely think that as time has gone on, I’ve gotten a lot better at packing.

I remember back in my pre-capsule days I would buy a bunch of new clothes anytime I would travel.

In some odd way, it made me feel as if I were fully experiencing the trip to have a new wardrobe.

That all changed when I began to do capsule wardrobes, and my shopping habits drastically changed. I started realizing that what maximized my experience was just the simple act of being present.

But still, I would tend to pack things that I felt “represented” the trip.

Now? I’m learning to pack my absolute favorites so I can feel comfy and confident… which means I’m actually focusing more on the trip and less on the clothes.

Which is the goal right?

Enough chit chatting… here’s what I packed:

Packing for a Long Weekend + Outfit Combos

What I packed:

Gray Sweatshirt c/o. Limited sizes available so I linked a similar one here.

Striped Tee

Cardigan. Vintage, but this one is similar

Pants (size down)

Denim c/o (review here)


Sneakers c/o. Sold out, but really similar here

Boots (TTS)

Jacket (size down)

Packing for a Long Weekend + Outfit Combos Packing for a Long Weekend + Outfit Combos Packing for a Long Weekend + Outfit Combos

And here are some grainy photos of some of my outfits! I wore these outfits Thursday-Friday. I wore #3 again on Saturday (yup, I outfit repeated!), and both travel days I wore almost all of the tops (to save on space in my luggage), and a pair of leggings.

So there you have it! My take on packing for a long weekend.

I hope you found it useful. Anyone have fun travel plans coming up?

Until next time,


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