Cool thing about me: I have never appropriately packed for a three-day weekend. When faced with the prospect of a day off work—and, accordingly, some overly ambitious road trip upstate, or train trek to the beach—I lose all rational sense of what clothes I wear and why. I go from being a functional human being who can complete many disparate tasks in a short amount of time, to someone who throws six overly heavy sweaters into a weekend bag and calls it a day.
Blame a temperature-controlled environment, or some sort of pathology. Either way, I've given up all hope of ever looking effortlessly styled as I bound from the kitchen of an Airbnb, swathed in seasonally appropriate linen, definitely not barefoot because I remembered shoes other than thick boots.
But there is one area of the packing department where I shine: dessert preparedness. As in, traveling with the materials necessary to pull together an exorbitant trifle, or a three-tiered cake in a pinch.
It's taken me lots of trial and error in many ill-equipped kitchens (or, you know, campsites), but recently I've gotten the packing list down to a science:
- Whisk: a critical instrument for whipping cream by hand, and so much lighter to pack than a hand mixer.
- Nine-inch cake pan: a stalwart size; and, when needed, easy to adapt any recipe to fit.
- Parchment paper: for fuss-free lining of cookie sheets, muffin tins, and in desparate (pan-free) moments, the shelves of the oven (hi, toast).
- A cup measurer: because if you're going to have to eyeball a bunch of measurements, this is the most versatile jumping off point.
- A tablespoon measurer: ditto; a teaspoon should occupy about a third of it; a quarter cup equals four of these, et cetera.
If you've got those essential tools, the world of three-day weekend travel is your oyster, dessert-wise. Here are nine favorites you can pull together so easily, they'll have you feeling like it's a four-day weekend: