The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List

September was packed with short trips for me and that got me more efficient when it came to packing for short trips! What helps me the most is to make a short trip packing list prior to anything. But making a list can also be overwhelming so I divide them by outfits/days, makeup, skincare, and gadgets.

My short trip packing list includes outfits by the day so I don’t overpack. I usually hang looks I’m inclined to take in a clothing rack and wait until the last day to pack them. I check the weather to make my final decisions (sometimes that includes taking pieces away and/or adding something else). I’ll use my last trip to the MacKenzie-Childs HQ as an example of what I brought. We had an itinerary and that helped with planning a whole lot. But we don’t always have a plan, so as a rule of thumb I’ll pack an outfit for the day and one for the evening.

If space is limited, pack a pair or two of jeans and/or leather pants that would work with multiple tops, shoes, and jackets. That’s key to save space! Dresses are also a great idea, they are small and work well with accessories that change their look.

Whether I’m flying or going on a road trip, I usually pick something really comfy and easy to layer. Planes can be tricky with the temperature so I always make sure to bring a cardigan/sweater. I wore this cardigan over tees and jeans during my stay in Aurora as well! It’s soft, long and comes in 5 different colors.

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For the first day I wore a fun and versatile jumpsuit. At night I threw the long cardi over it. But you can also go for a leather jacket or a denim jacket to make it more casual, with tennis shoes or espadrilles. It also goes well with booties.

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I love bringing separates so I can wear them multiple times and make them look different. This mini skirt goes well with a neutral bodysuit (the one from the airport look) or a tee as well as a sweater or a blazer.

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Moon River white sweater and mini skirt | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

Moon River see through sweater, mini plaid skirt, golden goose sneaks | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

Karina Style Diairies and Gypsy Tan | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

I packed three sweaters for this trip because I wanted to have options but two should be more than enough. This is another example of a sweater look that can be separated in so many options.

Lavender chunky sweater, cropped denim, studded flats | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

Lavender chunky sweater, cropped denim, studded flats | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

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Karina Style Diaires, Aurora, NY, MacKenzie-Childs | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

A little white dress is always a good choice, in this case, I paired mine with white booties but they could go with heels or OTK boots as well. I also wore it with my favorite suede jacket over the shoulder – but failed to snap a pic. Ugh!!

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For the last night or those moments, you’ll take to lounge while traveling I chose all my cozies together…

MaCkenzie-Childs check blanket, joggers, casual wear | The Ultimate Short Trip Packing List featured by top Indianapolis travel blogger, Karina Style Diaries

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Another idea for a travel look is this soft sweater from Vici Collection and a pair of worn out jeans. I always bring a big bag when traveling to fit my computer, camera, phone and little makeup/skincare touch-ups. I heard the LV neverfull is out of stock (shocked!) but I love these as well. The black and cognac color combo is my favorite!

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I travel with beauty essentials only. My choice is usually products that multitask. These are my go-to’s:

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Usually, I bring along sample jars of products and leave them in my necessaire but since I’ve been in my dermatologist regimen I brought my products this time around. Travels always give me the excuse to have spa nights!

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I hope this gave you a good glimpse of my short trip packing list. I also hope it helps you narrow down your must-go goodies to help you save space and have more room for fun findings from your travels!

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Beijos,

-K