3 Tips to Simplify Packing for Overnight Travel

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This summer I’ve found myself taking quite a lot of overnight trips. And whether I’m travelling for work, or spending a night at a friends’ house, I absolutely dread packing! A few things do make the process easier, however. So scroll down for three of my overnight packing tips.

And don’t forget to share your own hacks in the comments section. I’m always looking to pick up new tips and tricks, so will be curious to learn more about your packing habits…

3 Overnight Packing Tips & Tricks

Overnight Packing Tips


For me, the worst part of packing is rounding up my cosmetics. Because, inevitably, you always end up forgetting something – whether it’s toothpaste or makeup remover. So now I have a fully-stocked travel cosmetics bag, which lives in my suitcase. It includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, cotton pads, makeup remover, cleanser, night cream, day cream, deodorant, ear plugs, tampons, painkillers and a hairbrush.

This stash is kept completely separate from my day-to-day products. So when I’m about to travel I just grab the travel pouch, add contact lenses and any other bits and pieces I might need (SPF etc), and I’m good to go. It saves so much time, and minimises stress like you wouldn’t believe!

If you do a lot of international travel it’s also a good idea to keep travel adaptors in your suitcase at all times too.

Overnight Bag Packing Tips

Style Notes: T-shirt by Le Mot (gifted) | Skirt by Mint Velvet (gifted) | Bag by Aspinal of London | Sunglasses by Jimmy Fairly (gifted) | Suitcase by Away | Trainers by Plimsoll


As an impressionable teenager who read a lot of magazines, I really thought that “day-to-night dressing” would be a big part of adult life. Because the likes of Vogue, Glamour and ELLE mentioned it all the time (“this peplum dress will take you from the office to cocktail hour”).

But, shockingly, I’ve got through the majority of my twenties without having to give “day-to-night dressing” much thought. As, let’s be honest, it’s only really useful when you apply it to travel.

If I’m spending a night or two away from home I try to pack items of clothing that can be worn more than once. For instance, I could wear this skirt with a T-shirt whilst heading to my destination, style it up with heels and a halter top for evening, then throw it together with a different tee for the journey home the following day. Easy peasy!

(Side note: selecting a colour palette before you travel also helps, as that way it’s easier to mix and match items from your wardrobe.)

Away Carry On Suitcase


This is true for any form of travel, really. But I find it even more important to have good quality luggage when you’re just travelling for one or two nights – as it’s more likely you’ll be carrying it around with you all day.

I’ve tried to save money by purchasing cheap luggage in the past, but it always comes back to haunt me. Usually in the form of broken zips and wonky wheels.

For longer trips away I use an Antler Juno suitcase; and the Away Carry-On [pictured] is my go-to for overnight travel. It was a bit of an investment, but I’m so happy with my purchase. The suitcase has 360° wheels that are SO smooth, an interior compression system which makes packing much easier; it’s lightweight, has an “unbreakable” polycarbonate shell and also includes a hidden laundry bag and a phone charger.

Dragging a suitcase through Central London, and taking multiple trains, is a total bore. But investing in decent luggage has made the process somewhat bearable…

Do you have any overnight packing tips of your own? Feel free to share in the comments section below. Packing cubes are on my “must-buy” list, but I feel like they’re probably more useful for longer trips away, right?

Images by Victoria Metaxas


  1. Abby says:

    Hmmm, that’s a good idea- I once stayed overnight after a gig- took out and threw away my contacts, only to realise I’d forgotten my glasses. And I’m blind as a bat, without. The horror.

  2. The pre-packes cosmetics changes my life. I always used to forget something (toothbrush, deodorant), and that has not happened at all since I’ve started an “away” toiletry bag.

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