24 July 2022
Tips for a Successful Girls Weekend
Are you in need of a girls’ weekend? I’m not talking about taking a plane somewhere exotic (this time), I’m talking about something local to save money and time like up north or to someone’s cabin. We all need a break from life to getaway and cut loose once in a while. My girls and I head up north the end of July every year and rent a cabin on Mille Lacs. If you are like us and like to head up to the lake, here are some tips I have learned over years whether you are heading out for the first time or a seasoned pro.
Pack light. Most likely you will be spending most of the time laying out in the sun, floating in the water, playing games, etc. Of course you want to clean up and maybe go out to dinner, but again, if you are like us, everyone brings enough food to feed an army so you can save your money by not going out.
Things to bring:
- Towel (or 2) if you plan on going in the lake
- 1 pair of shorts, 1 pair of capri or jeans
- Fun “girls weekend” tank tops or t-shirts (can be fun to coordinate tops or get matching ones too) Check these out on Amazon
- Water shoes
- 1 pair sandals, 1 pair tennis shoes
- under garmets
- jewelry or choice
- Toiletries (maybe coordinate with group so you don’t have several bottles of shampoo and conditioner in the shower)
My tip here is to coordinate with your friends. Make a food chart if needed so everyone knows what they should bring. As mentioned above, we always bring enough food to feed an army and there is never enough room in the fridge so we have developed a system. Also, people like to eat at different times. Not everyone wants breakfast, not everyone wants to eat out, people want to snack when they want. You can always plan a dinner together but for the other days here is what we do. Depending on how many days you are staying, a couple people volunteer to bring a main course, like stew in the crockpot or pulled pork, sloppy joes, taco meat, easy stuff. Then people can go in and grab a bun or taco shell and dish up whenever they want. Then the other people coordinate who brings the other things like snacks/chips, jello-shots/pudding shots, condiments, fruit, etc. We don’t even bother the grilling out thing. It’s too much of a hassle. Food in a crockpot is so easy and it keeps from heating up the stove or having to start the grill.
I have also found that not everyone eats breakfast so it is best for everyone to just bring their own. I used to make a huge bloody mary bar with all the fixings. But I have learned over the years that not everyone likes bloody marys and it was a waste of time and money. So I only bring enough for myself and maybe 1 or 2 other people. The place we go to supplies plates and silverware but if your place doesn’t, assign someone to bring that too.
In our group we all just bring what we want to drink. And let me tell you, bring more than you think you will need. You will be surprised at how much you can go through. Plus people will borrow, you meet people and offer, or some people just take without asking. For me, I do like beer but after awhile I get sick of it and want to switch to something else.
WATER…. Make sure you bring water to hydrate!! Enough said.
If your group likes to have fun and have the “more the merrier” attitude, have someone bring Jello-shots and/or pudding shots. They are a fun party starter and fun to share with others that may want to join your party.
Party favors & Other stuff: Assign people to bring certain things so you aren’t doubling up.
- If on a lake: Floaties and pump to blow up
- I bring a few cheap solar lights to put by our door and deck
- Games: cards, bags, cups
- decorations and party favors like fun glasses, hats, bling, etc.
- if you like to read, bring a book or some trashy magazines to share during down time.
Money: Bring money just in case you want to play pull tabs or cards for money, eating out or if you need to square up with the person who paid for the cabin. Find out what you owe and don’t be a jerk and not pay.
One thing we learned over time is that this is everyone’s vacation. So don’t get mad at someone if they want to relax, take a nap or aren’t as rowdy as you. This is their vacation too. That being said, usually there is a “tone” expected for the girls weekend. If the majority of the group is in party mode but you are looking for more of a relaxing weekend, maybe you should skip this trip. If you are just a person that needs to take a break in the middle of the fun, do it, and don’t worry about what the others may say or think.
If someone in your party is more mellow than you, don’t feel you need to stiffle yourself to match them or bug them to join in the fun. If you want to party, party. If they want to sleep, let them sleep. Also, remember, know your audience when getting rowdy. I am all for ripping it up, flirting, and getting crazy, but just know your audience. Meaning, don’t be too vulgar when there are kids or families around. It’s just uncomfortable for everyone.
One last thing.... Guarantee there is a mix of married and single people in your group. It is good to set boundaries right away. First off, be safe. Never leave a friend behind. Have a buddy system for those you may want to stay up late partying with the cute guy they met. Be Be Be Careful if you want to “hook up”. I recommend not….. mainly because your friends aren’t going to want to send you off to the guys cabin alone. You just never know who this person is, who their friends are, etc. Also, your group isn’t going to want you to bring the guy back to your shared cabin. Not only a safety thing as they don’t know this person or what they are capable of (stealing, bodily harm, etc). If it is really something you want you can exchange numbers and hook up on your own time. 🙂
The main thing is have fun and leave the drama at home. The whole purpose is to get away and cut loose. I hope this helped. If you have tips you would like to share, leave them in the comments.
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