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Memorial Day Weekend Packing List

Author: The Printique Team

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer and the long weekend is the perfect opportunity to embark on an unforgettable adventure. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, beach retreat, or a peaceful nature escape, packing the right essentials can make your trip that much better. Prepare for your weekend with our list of 10 must-have items that will set you up to have the perfect Memorial Day weekend getaway.

1. A Polaroid Camera

There’s nothing quite like capturing the memories you are making right there, in the moment; Pack a polaroid camera to photograph moments as they are happening. As you take pictures, add them to a journal or a Printique photobook to create a same-day scrapbook. Reprint them and make multiple copies to share with your group by using a phone or camera to take pictures of the polaroids and turning them into classic prints. Tip – make sure to keep the area directly above the polaroid dark to avoid reflections. 

2. The Gear You Never Use

This weekend is all about exploring and adventures. Get creative and challenge yourself by picking up an old camera or lens that you haven’t used in a while. Play around with camera settings, angles and subjects to create exciting memorial day photography. You make your best mistakes when the pressure isn’t on – this is your time to lean into your passion for photography and have fun with it! 

3. A Printique Mini Book or Journal

Mini books are a great way to mix media. Combine beautiful prints and designs, with hand sketches and inserts to create a book that’s unique to you and your adventures. Don’t be afraid to experiment with how you jot down your thoughts! A custom Printique travel journal is the perfect place to keep all of your favorite little moments, funny quotes or inspiration you have during your Memorial Day vacation. 

4. Art Supplies

Capture the essence of your Memorial Day getaway through art with a set of drawing supplies. Pack a sketchbook, pencils, colored pencils, and watercolors to recreate the scenic views, picturesque landscapes, and special moments you encounter along the way. Whether you’re an experienced artist or a beginner, art supplies will add a touch of creativity to your trip and allow you to express your artistic side.

5. Games

Weekend getaways are all about making memories with the ones you love. Enhance the fun and laughter by packing your favorite games. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, games are an excellent way to bond and create lasting memories. Pack portable games like playing cards, travel-sized board games, or bring outdoor games like frisbee or bocce ball. These activities will keep everyone entertained during downtime and add an extra dose of fun to your Memorial Day weekend. 

6. A Good Book

Don’t forget to pack that book you’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t gotten the downtime to do so. Your weekend trip is the perfect time to dive into a good book and escape into the captivating world of literature. Whether you prefer a thrilling novel, a thought-provoking non-fiction piece, or a collection of short stories, a book can be your perfect companion during relaxation times this weekend. 

7. Hiking Shoes/Boots

For those planning an adventurous Memorial Day weekend, a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or boots is essential. Whether you’re exploring rugged trails, trekking through nature reserves, or simply taking a leisurely walk, comfortable footwear will help you navigate any terrains with ease.

8. Sunscreen 

Don’t let the sun’s rays dampen your Memorial Day getaway. Make sure to pack a high-quality sunscreen and remember to apply generously and regularly. Enjoy your trip with the ease of mind that you’re protected from the sun and ready for the next outdoor adventure! 

9. Water Bottle/Thermos

Equally as important, this is your reminder to stay hydrated throughout your Memorial Day weekend adventures by packing a reusable water bottle or thermos. Opt for an insulated option to keep your beverages cool while you’re out exploring or keep them warm while you’re sitting by the campfire. Staying hydrated will keep you energized and ready to make the most of your getaway. 

10. Portable Speaker

Set the mood and enjoy your favorite tunes during your Memorial Day weekend getaway with a portable speaker. Whether you’re having a beach picnic, lounging by the pool, or hosting a campfire gathering, a portable speaker will add a soundtrack to your memories. 

As you prepare for your Memorial Day weekend getaway, remember to pack these essential items to enhance an already memorable weekend. We can’t wait to see all of the wonderful memories you make this long weekend. Don’t forget to bring your favorite memories home with Printique.