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How to Pack for an Overnight Trip

How to Pack for an Overnight Trip

Happy 4th of July Weekend!

I'm in the process of packing up for an overnight stay at the beautiful Hotel Commonwealth located in Back Bay for some food, fun and fireworks.

I'll be doing a more detailed post later in the week about where I stayed, what I ate and the overall festivities that happen in my favorite city of Boston.

But today I thought I'd do a quick post about how to pack for an overnight stay. When packing for a trip that will most likely be less than 24 hours it can prove to be challenging. 

Short overnight stays should only require a small bag, but you don't want to be caught without a necessary item. Pack carefully but also bring along a few extra items just in case for the unexpected.

First think about what you'll be doing during your stay. Will you be out exploring the city, or checking out the local watering holes. In my case,  I plan on doing a little shopping at the Shops at Copley Place and then heading over to Faneuil Hall to grab a bite to eat and possibly taking a stroll along the waterfront.

Afterwards it's back to the hotel to freshen up and a quick change before going out for the evening. This will include sitting on the Esplanade taking in the sights and sounds of the Boston Pops while a million fireworks light up the sky. I plan on grabbing a late dinner at Eastern Standard located inside the hotel which happens to be one of my favorite restaurants. Stay tuned for a review!


I'll be spending the majority of the day walking around the city which means it's all about comfort. This means loose clothing and comfortable shoes.


I'll be heading out to dinner later on the the evening so my my second outfit is slightly dressier.



Last year I only brought one pair of shoes (a leopard printed wedge) which was a mistake and ended up with a blister that covered the entire bottom of my foot before the night was over. It wasn't pretty and I couldn't walk. Thankfully I was able to run to Walgreens to pick up a pair of flip flops.

Having learned my lesson I went with a sandal during the day with a well padded slip on for the evening. No blisters this year.


I never leave the house without sunscreen. I'll be getting a lot of sun exposure so I opted for both a hat and sunglasses to shade my face.  And don't forget your lips!



For makeup it's minimal all the way.  I'll be outside for the better part of the day and won't have a lot of time for touch ups.

During the day I'll most likely forego foundation and keep it as natural as possible with some mascara and a tinted lip balm. 

For evening I picked a lightweight tinted moisturizer and mostly cream products that I can blend with my fingers. No brushes needed!


I also packed a travel size of my favorite hairspray and sample sizes of both a new moisturizer and fragrance I'm testing out.




I picked up this picnic blanket from Target that will be perfect while watching the fireworks. 




I once had an allergic reaction on a flight and they did not carry Benadryl on the plane.  Even worse during my layover I couldn't find it at any of the airport shops.  I love using the travel sized q-tip containers for a mini first aid kit. The hotel will most likely have one but in a pinch this really comes in handy.


No running out of juice this year.  Last year I forgot to charge my camera beforehand and wasn't able to get all the shots I wanted.  This year I made sure to charge all of my electronics beforehand and also bring along both charges just in case. 

What are some of your must have overnight travel items? Let me know in the comments below.





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