Overnight Bags: A simple How-To

June 14, 2015

Most of us have probably been packing overnight bags from the age of 7. For sleepovers, class trips, etc. But I’ll be honest for a second, I still almost always forget something. I just spent a night in Jersey and I admittedly forgot my brush and a bra for the next day (tmi?).


I’ve realised that there are just five main things you have to remember when packing: Silk Sleepwear, your branded cosmetics, clothes, underwear and other (like a beach-read book or headphones) These are all important and are ‘must-packed’ items for when you’re going away for a night, a week or a month.

So here’s the breakdown of how to pack an overnight bag:

+ Sleepwear: whether it’s a t-shirt and shorts or full on onesie (hey, to each their own), pack something to sleep in.

+ Cosmetics: yes, this includes a toothbrush. While you probably can rely on your host for toothpaste and shampoo, bring your own brushes and deodorant.

+ Dresses: this kind of goes without saying but bring a change of clothes for the next day. Even if it’s just a new shirt, you’ll feel so much fresher in new clothes. I normally pack a few different outfits so that I have a bit of choice, but this is optional.

+ Underwear: (not pictured below, sorry, I don’t think we’re that close quite yet) this is a big one yet I have often been guilty of forgetting. I remember that I once bought a pair of custom underwear pants (or Personalisierte Unterwäsche as they’d say in German!), especially for a holiday and I left them at home! I was so annoyed! Underwear is the one thing that you can’t forget!

+ Other: there are a bunch of other things that you might need for a trip; from a gift for your host or headphones for the train, just throw them in. It ‘s much better to be safe than sorry.


Anything else that you can’t survive the night without?

*featured image from here*

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  • Liz June 14, 2015 at 13:27

    This is a great guide!

    xo, Liz

  • Vanessa D'Orazio June 14, 2015 at 15:56

    This is a really good guide, usually even if I have to sleep over for just one night I always tend to bring with me a lot of stuff, some of them I actually do not even need, so this is a good guide to bring with you just the essentials!

  • Sophie June 14, 2015 at 17:18

    I love this guide! i always overpack or underpack – can never quite get it right 🙂 Sophie xx

    • Pia S June 15, 2015 at 16:53

      I totally get that too. Thankfully I have some very generous and tolerant friends! haha