What to Pack for your next Weekend Getaway

In May, my husband and I went on a little weekend getaway to the Yaeyama Islands for our anniversary and we were so excited about exploring the remotest part of Japan. Read more about our trip. It was our first of many weekend getaways and i thought it would be fun to share what i packed. I’m usually an overpacker but i’m proud to say i did good on this trip, using only a backpack and planning in advance really helped. For the clothing I decided to stay within a certain color palette (whites and blues), so it would be easy to mix and match items. I added some colorful swimwear and a fun block print coverup from India. A girl always needs pops of color! Am i right?!

Here’s what to packed for your next getaway:


beach blanket
camelback water bottle
GorillaPod tripod
small purse
coin purse (with yen, cards and id’s)
phone charger (not pictured)
travel notebook + pen
glasses (for picture taking)

ziplock bag (not pictured)


3 oz bottles (perfect for my No-Poo!)
toothbrush and toothpaste (travel size)
pill case with essentials
deodorant (travel size)
hand sanitizer
roll of toilet paper
small first aid kit
hair ties (not pictured)
bobby pins
eye liner
bug spray (not pictured)


2 tanktops (1 lace and 1 printed)
2 camis (1 white and 1 mint green)
1 polka dot top
1 3/4 sleeve top
1 dress
1 chambray shirt
2 bathing suits
1 beach cover up
1 pair of converse sneakers
1 pair of sandals
2 necklaces
1 rainjacket
1 bra
4 pairs of underwear
beach towel

Q: Are you going on a Weekend Getaway this 4th of July Weekend? Ooh and any tips or tricks you have learned about packing are more than welcomed 😉 Leave me a comment below!

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Stephanie

    You have the cutest style! I love ur choices 🙂

  • Love the way that you had everything shown! And for getaways, since I usually roadtrip, I love packing a lunch box with snacks and extra waters! Makes the drive much easier and also means less stops!

  • What a great idea to pack with a color palette in mind. I think I should consider it on my next trip. I'm also an over-packer and I usually end up wearing half of what I packed. lol

  • Mindy Morris

    OMG… I need you to come over here and teach me how to create cute outfits. I always end up with too many things that don’t match and half of it stays in my closet.