Packing For a Weekend Trip Without the Kiddos.

For the first time since Freddie was born last October, my husband and I skipped town and spent a long weekend in New York, leaving the boys at home with their grandparents. It was a short break -- just one night in the city then two up in the Catskills to celebrate the marriage of two of our friends -- but it was a big damn deal for us to leave the boys behind. Because of this trip's massive impact on our lives and overwhelming significance, I've decided to share my packing strategy. (Honestly, I'm just too tired from the trip to think about anything deeper than that.) Let me just say that packing for travel without children is so much easier than preparing for a trip with kids. The next time we fly with them I'll write a post about our baby and preschooler travel essentials and it will be much, much longer.

Senn & Sons: Packing for a City Break

My packing strategy was simple and designed to fit everything I needed for a four-day city break into a small carry-on suitcase. Our weekend would include an afternoon and dinner out in NYC, a BBQ at a cabin and an indoor/outdoor evening wedding, so I wanted to have a decent range of options from casual & comfy for wandering city streets to something a bit dressed-up for the wedding.

I started with basics - gray and striped t-shirts, a sheer white blouse, a cozy cardigan and a couple pairs of jeans. I added a fun red party dress for the wedding, along with a pair of heels to dress up the skinny jeans for dinner out in the city plus a black leather jacket and lightweight scarf to top everything off.

After a few days with only these things in my wardrobe I'm convinced I could just close the door to my closet and live out of this suitcase. But I won't do that because that's crazy.

I have a few pictures from our trip that I'll sort through and share later this week!

gray t-shirt :: striped tee :: maroon tank :: silk blouse :: red dress :: ivory sweater (similar) :: boyfriend jeans :: leather jacket :: skinny jeans :: nude wedges (1, 2, 3, 4) :: scarf :: boots :: loafers