What to Pack and Wear: Weekend Getaway!

My husband and I are sneaking off this Friday to a one night stay at our favorite little ocean side town, Half Moon Bay.  We are thrilled to be getting an overnighter without the kids-lets just say it is well overdue!  Unfortunately, warm spring weather will not be upon us-the forecast is calling for clouds and even rain.  But honestly I think the beach in the rain is even more romantic! Here are my ideas as to what to bring along, and how I would mix and match to get the most out packing light.

Packing tips:

The trick when packing for a short weekend away-or any trip for that matter- is to make sure what you have all mixes and matches.  Stick to basic tops in solid colors or versatile stripes.  Pick one patterned scarf that has colors from your tops so you can wear it several days if you choose.  Pack minimal jewelry- I like to bring basic studs that can be worn all weekend, and one statement necklace and ring to throw on when I want to dress up a bit.  Try and bring only one pair of walking shoes (in this case the riding boots) and one pair of dressier shoes for evening activities.  Being a shoe-lover this is hard, but they take up valuable space in your bag if you bring multiple pairs. You know I love my skinny jeans, and they are perfect to pack since you can pull boots over them, or pair them with your dressier shoes for evening.  Wearing them from day to evening prevents you from having to bring an extra pair of pants for the same day-another bag space saving tip.  Black skinnies are perfect because they transition well to evening time.  Lastly, add a lightweight jacket to keep out the chill, a roomy tote with a cross-body strap for hands-free carrying, some red lipstick to easily amp up a look and you are good to go! 

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And here is how I would mix and match these items according to our itinerary: 

Day One

Morning: Leave bright and early-grab a Starbucks for the 1.5 hour drive

Comfort is key in the car!

Afternoon: Lunch at a casual restaurant, wine tasting (you didn't think I would go on a trip without including that activity did you?!), strolling main street, hitting the beach

Evening: Nice dinner + drinks before turning in early to enjoy our oceanfront room (wink, wink)

Day Two

Morning: lounge at hotel, breakfast in room, checkout, stroll beach

Afternoon: Hop in the car and hit up some antique shops on the way home.

This would be my outfit for the entire day since we will be heading home in the late afternoon.

I hope that inspired you on how to pack light and get the most out of what you bring on your next weekend getaway!


  1. love all of these and how you managed to pack light yet still be classy and stylish! Have a great time!

  2. Great post and great pics... I also like my skinnies because I can cuff them to make capris if the weather turns warm. Orangies Attic

  3. Thanks ladies! @Orangies Attic-yes I love to cuff them too!

  4. So cute! Now to just plan a trip....

  5. Hi Jackie,

    Can I ask where you got your skinnies? Did you order them? They are Levis right?

    Enjoy your weekend! Share pics! :)

  6. Hi Kristen! My black skinnies are the Loft modern skinny: http://www.loft.com/loft/product/LOFT-Apparel/LOFT-Denim/Modern-Skinny-Jeans-in-Black-Rinse-Wash/265314?colorExplode=false&skuId=90356384&catid=cat500010&productPageType=fullPriceProducts&defaultColor=6600

    And my distressed skinnies are from F21-Life In Progress brand. I don't see my exact pair online-but here is a similar pair:

    Hope that helps!

    And I am sure I will be posting on instagram all weekend so you can catch pics there! @Jackieofsps

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  8. Ooh, sounds like a fun weekend. And I LOVE the packing list/outfit ideas. I want to wear all these outfits for my regular at-home weekend! Sometimes I find making a little travel capsule like this helps me with shopping and building a wardrobe that mixes and matches well...

  9. Great packing list Jackie... I hope the weather improves a bit for ya! Have a great trip - I'm a little jealous!

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