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Travel Kit and Bag for a Weekender {Fall In NY}

Travel Gear Fall in NY

Travel Gear Fall in NY

I flew into New York late Friday night (on American Airlines) to visit my parents and watch my brother run the NY Marathon. I flew out Monday night (on Spirit Air), and for the first time ever, I didn’t over-pack. Here’s what went down.

Travel Kit

Travel Kit

I have a packed, ready to go Travel Kit that I keep in my carry-on bag. Actually, everyone in our family has one because it’s such a time saver not to have to hunt for toiletries, especially when flying somewhere. I took a few items out since I was going to be staying at my parents, and I wouldn’t need much. Pictured:-

  • Lancome cosmetics bag (a freebie from somewhere unknown – I buy makeup maybe once a year)
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Secrets deodorant (my favorite brand)
  • Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash
  • Jergen’s Glow Moisturizer
  • Germ-X Hand Sanitizer (airport bathrooms … yuck!)
  • Pack of Tissues
  • An extra Tampon (or 20 … not pictured because so not photogenic)

Handbag or BackPack

Osprey Backpack

There was going to be a lot of walking in NYC both on Saturday and Sunday while attempting to catch my brother 2x on the marathon course, so a backpack was my best bet. Plus, my brother wanted me to take some items with me so he could have them when he finished the race, so I borrowed my husband’s Osprey FlapJack Backpack. I love this pack hard because it houses my travel kit + everyday toiletries kit (from my Everyday Bag) + wallet + my electronic gear. On this trip, I took …

Fall Weekender Gadgets

  • Sol Republic Headphones – essential for any flight and to listen to audiobooks. I took no other types of books with me on this trip.
  • Asus 14″ Laptop – sadly, on it’s last legs and has since been replaced
  • KMashi External Battery Pack – I never leave home without it – and the USB cord.

And of course, I also had a carry-on suitcase. What do you pack for a 3-day weekender?

Fall Weekender CarryOn

I had gym clothes (2 sets) and running sneakers, and then the usual for a crisp but not cold Fall weekend, which included a scarf and a light coat and long-sleeve pullover. The weekend involved spending Saturday with my folks in Westchester (lots of driving around in the mini-car as I called the “economy” vehicle that I rented from Hertz), going out Saturday night, walking the NYC on Sunday while spectating the marathon, and post-dinner at a nice little Cuban restaurant. Then visiting a little further upstate on Monday to spend the day with the people I used to work with and old friends.


Do you tend to under- or over-pack for trips? Or are you one of those people who always get it just right?

Tanya Patrice
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4 comments

  1. […] I started November in NY as I watched my brother run the NY Marathon, and ended the month in NC where I was on vacation for the Thanksgiving holidays with my husband’s family. Lots of traveling, so I shared my Travel Kit and Bag for a Weekender {Fall In NY}. […]

  2. I am a notorious overpacker, but this year I vow to do better. With a year of dance competitions under my belt now, I am more prepared with what to expect and therefore what I absolutely need to bring and what will never be used. My goal is to keep my stuff down to a small weekender bag and a briefcase. This would be a first for me. We shall see how I do.

  3. I always overpack..it is awful but I never know what my mood will be and of course I need all of my technology!

  4. I’m weird in that I overpack for long trips, but seem to pack exactly right for weekends.

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