So you've planned the perfect weekend getaway, your flights are booked (or your car is fueled up) and your mind-set is switched to unwind mode, but wait: Before you head out, there are a few things you need to pack first—that's if you don't want your relaxation interrupted. We live by the do not disturb philosophy on vacation, and modern conveniences are essential to maintaining that laid-back feeling. But rest easy—a little strategic packing prior to traveling is all it takes for a chilled-out trip you'll never forget. Don't leave home without them.
Aside from the travel itself, documenting it definitely dials up the experiential factor. Besides, if you don't snap it, did it ever really happen? To ensure your vacay is permanently saved in both your mental and digital memory, don't forget to bring some backup battery juice. There's nothing worse than having your cell phone die mid-climb up a lush Hawaiian mountain. You can't even shoot the breathtaking views you worked so hard to see. A spare (and stylish) compact charger will ensure this never happens so that you can take all the Instagram travel flat lays you like.
If you're anything like us, you love to read, but who has the time anymore? Many of us have switched to audiobooks in a desperate attempt to squeeze them in on our daily commutes, but some pages were meant to be turned and read word for word. We save those for vacation and jam-pack as many into that leisurely period as possible. While the traditional book will never die in our eyes (we just love the smell), you can't fit them all into your carry-on or weekender bag, so that's why the Kindle is our savior. Download all your favorite reads before you leave, and leaf through the digital chapters while you lounge in a beachside hammock in the breeze. Bliss.
We all have our favorite skincare brands, hair products, and body moisturizers, and the idea of leaving home without them doesn't bear thinking about. You could pack them into refillable travel-size containers, or save the hassle with this handy travel kit from Malin + Goetz. It comes with all the essentials for face, body, and even hair, packaged in perfectly cute, pint-size bottles for a weekend getaway.
While the majority of your break will be documented via cell phone, nothing evokes sentiment quite like an iconic Polaroid. This humble four-by-four frame is where filters began. From the moment you hit the shutter and hear that classic sound of the photographic paper rolling out to the suspenseful wait as you watch the image come to life, there's nothing more gratifying. Then you can create a cool wall hanging when you get home, complete with handwritten notes to cement the memory. What could be cooler than that?
If you really want to detox on vacation, then it's time to put down the devices. We practically live in the digital world these days, so your time off should be spent indulging in some good old-fashioned analog. Why not record your holiday in a journal? The faithful pen and notepad never run out of battery and don't need reception to work; just flip open to a page and take to it with nothing but ink and your memories. You never know—your random musings could become the next best-selling travel tome. How do you think Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road?
We love to look chic while traveling, but sometimes long-haul road trips and delayed flights can take their toll, but if this happens to you, we have a foolproof tip to freshen up: perfume. While we prefer a spritz of our favorite scent, glass bottles don't translate well to travel (this hack is the secret to packing wine) and liquids restrictions on flights cancel that option out anyway. That's why we love solid perfume: It's a super-charged version of your eau de toilette and a nifty way to carry around your much-loved fragrance.
Our senior editor swears by this robe and takes it every time she goes away. The cozy sleepwear feels just like home looks like a chic luxury garment, so you can travel in comfort and style. Its crush-free fabric means it can be stashed in your handbag or weekender and still be within arm's reach when you need to cover up or feeling chilly from the airplane's AC. It's a getaway must-have.
What are your weekend travel essentials? Is there something we missed in this lineup?