Maybe I'm late to the game, but earlier this summer I found myself packing frantically late one Wednesday night—I was hopping on a ridiculously early flight to Miami the next morning to toast the wedding of a close friend. It was my first bachelorette weekend, and while usually packing is an easy task for me, I found myself stressing over what to toss into my carry-on. What does one actually do on a bachelorette weekend? I wondered. While I know it can vary based on your destination of choice (and, of course, the bride), after my experience, I've discovered that there are a few items you'll want to be sure to pack (and no, none of them are crowns or sashes).
Below, I'm highlighting the items that helped me survive the celebration while still keeping things simple (I'm a carry-on–only type). Keeping in mind the personality of the bride you're celebrating—perhaps she's someone who'd like to stand out (or, on the reverse side of things, blend in)—and your destination and activities once you get there, this packing list covers all of your bases, allowing you to spend your time fretting over the bride-to-be and saving you from stressing over what to pack. Read on for my bachelorette survival guide!
Packing smart is key when it comes to a long weekend. Fitting everything into a carry-on is doable when it's one that's designed with handy compartments and a portable charger.
A bachelorette weekend is all about celebrating the bride, so having a black dress handy means that if the occasion calls for it, you can make things all about her.
You'll want a pair of heels for your time on the town; just make sure you've picked a style that's comfortable enough to dance in all night.
Never underestimate the power of a handy tote. You never know what bridal surprises you might need to lug around.
If you're planning to spend any time laying out by the pool, make sure you're protecting your face from the excessive sun. A baseball cap is easy to pack and is perfect for reading in the sun.
When you're trying to keep to streamlined wardrobe, a simple T-shirt is a must.
Since I packed pretty light, I relied on accessories like cool sunglasses to make my outfit stand out. These sunnies are a current favorite.
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While some might opt for matching suits, I wanted to streamline and keep things simple. One fashion-forward bikini was all I really needed. It stands out without being too much.
From the airport to daytime exploring, a pair of sneakers will be a staple throughout your trip.
An easy pair of cutoffs will work for whatever your daytime plans may be.
For your nights out celebrating the bride, you'll need a small and stylish bag that you can throw over your shoulder.
I love a relaxed pair of mom jeans, but for a bachelorette weekend, stick to a pair of ultra-versatile skinny jeans. Black denim will work well for day or nighttime activities.
While a T-shirt is great for low-key activities, a fancier top you can transition from day to night is sure to come in handy, and it lends itself to packing light.
For a night when the whole group wants to go bold, a colorful party dress is key. I opted for a style that would work for afternoon cocktails but also looked fancy enough for our evening itinerary.
Fact: I only travel in leggings. They are comfortable, which is especially nice when my flight leaves me feeling cramped and cranky. These will also come in handy during downtime during the long weekend.