4 Tips for a Fun Girls Weekend Getaway That Doesn’t Leave You Feeling Sick… and Broke.
We all know there is nothing like spending the weekend with your girlfriends. Every girl needs some good bonding time away with her best friends.
Recently, I was lucky enough to secure a house in Palm Springs for a girls weekend getaway to do a little drinking, eating and bonding!
When you’re with your girls, who are you trying to impress? NO ONE. So you let loose and get sloppy. But man does it hurt sometimes at the end of the weekend…
So, usually a weekend of this caliber leaves me feeling like death by the time Sunday rolls around, and the dreaded drive home is yet to commence….(I somehow never win the coin toss and end of driving the struggle bus of ladies home.)
It could be magic, maturity (unlikely), or some long due karma, but this epic girls weekend left me feeling refreshed come Sunday, with little to no consequences in the form of a hangover!
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Not only did we party our faces off, but we also managed to spend less than $100 each on the 3 days of debauchery. Always a plus when neither my wallet nor my head hurts after a party weekend…
After some introspection and analysis of the weekend, I have compiled 4 tips that make for a fun, healthy, and inexpensive girls weekend getaway that doesn’t leave you holding a garbage bag in your lap on the way home.
Let’s get into it.
1. For your girls trip, plan to do most of your cooking at home
Not only can cooking at home make for a cheap weekend adventure, but you can eat and snack whenever it pleases you, and this opens up the door to make health(ier) choices. You can even pre-plan your grocery list while en route to your final destination.
Upon our arrival in Palm Springs, we headed straight to the grocery store to stock up on food and booze….A LOT OF BOOZE. But we will touch on that later…
Breakfast is your most important meal, and likely the only one you will have sober, so make it count!
Stay away from sugary stuff! Don’t overindulge on maple syrup, donuts, and cereals. Just like the sugar in mixers that leave you hurting later, so will a sugary breakfast before the rage starts.
Eat like you anticipate being hungover…eggs, yogurt, fruit, whole wheat toast…something high in protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals (remember that many nutrients are depleted by alcohol, so re-up before re-boozing).
Another thing you can do to make life easier for drunk, future you, would be to prep your dinner while you make breakfast. When you’re making your grocery list, try to choose meals that are easy to make for dinner: something to throw in the oven or cook up in a pan.
PS: Drunk you sucks at using knives and not dropping food on the floor…just a heads up.
Consider preparing a vegetable lasagna (you can use no-cook noodles for this recipe instead) or slow cook some turkey chili. Anything that can be feed a group and only requires to be popped in the oven will be less daunting of a challenge to the drunk you that can’t be bothered to do any meal prepping that keeps you from girl talk for more than 20 minutes.
If meal prepping isn’t as much your style, or you and the girls love to cook together, assembly line cooking together is also an option. Sandwiches, veggie-rich pizzas, and shrimp tacos are all easy to prepare.
Planning your meals ahead will ensure you eat healthier food and avoid the fight with the little voice in your head that wants to order all of the Chinese take-out, greasy hamburgers, dirty burritos, and ice cream you can get your hands on…
Plus, eating in keeps the budget in check.
2. Mixer choice and booze consistency is key
Mixer choice is about as important as your alcohol choice.
One of the key components to why our weekend didn’t leave us hungover was our decision to stock up on all the fresh fruit and no-sugar-added juices we could find.
You don’t want to waste too much time running in and out the house to make more rounds of drinks. My suggestion is making a heath(ier) boozy punch!
Our choice punch of the weekend was vodka based.
Here is what you need to make my “Fruit Gone Wild” vodka punch:
Fruit Gone Wild Vodka Punch Recipe:
- 1 pineapple
- 1 lb of strawberries
- 2 oranges
- 5 limes
- 1-liter clementine juice
- 1 handle of vodka
- Cut up the pineapple, strawberries, and oranges.
- Add the sliced fruit to a large punch bowl or pitcher.
- Over the fruit, pour the juice the 5 limes, the liter of clementine juice, and the handle of vodka.
- Let the mixture sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
- When you’re ready for some party punch, use a blender to make the infused fruit chunks into a smoothie.
- Top with champagne or soda water to make it nice and fizzy!
Using real fruit as a mixer makes for a health(ier) cocktail with most of the nutrients still intact (making up for the loss of vitamin C lost through alcohol consumption) and the sugar content is lower than those standard mixers you find in the booze aisle at the store.
Just because you’re getting down on some liquor doesn’t mean you can’t make it health(ier).
For more cocktail recipes, check out my healthy cocktail article!
3. Make your girls weekend away a slightly more active one
Our weekend in Palm Springs was mostly centered around pool time. And I don’t just mean getting your tan on (though in the winter your body isn’t upset about the unexpected vitamin D opportunity).
We made sure that we got in the water and got our bodies moving. Not like Olympic swimming, but dancing and jamming to music in the pool and the occasional dive into the deep end makes for a slightly more active day.
After a few glasses of punch, some pool time, and getting our tans just a shade darker, the day didn’t feel like a wasted day of drinking.
Not close enough to a pool? Sitting in some snow? Try building a snowman together! It takes a lot more effort than you would expect. Sledding is also a viable option, just make sure you don’t drunkenly run each other over!
Here are some other ways to incorporate some activity into your girls weekend (Click the links to read about their calorie-burning powers)
- Dance party in the living room or out at the club
- Walk along a beach
- Pre-party yoga time
- Play some cornhole or shuffle board
- Rent some bikes (don’t do this drunk please)
Try to find yourselves some kind of activity other than drinking on a couch for 3 days straight. You feel much better both mentally and physically at the end of the weekend.
4. Get some sleep!
I know that there is never a good stopping place for girl talk…but all will be lost in your efforts to feel whole on Sunday morning if you don’t get some sleep.
Water is not to be forgotten on this boozy weekend and it’s easy to forget to drink your H2O. So the “end of the night girl talk” is the perfect time to make getting hydrated almost ceremonial.
While you are all snuggled up in bed or on the couch, give everyone a water bottle (hot herbal tea is also a good choice).
When the water or tea is all gone, it’s time to turn in. Switching to water instead of booze at the end of the night will make for better quality sleep.
When you have been drinking, your brain is unable to switch into deep sleep mode, and you will not achieve the important REM sleep your body needs. You will find yourself awake more, dreaming less, and with an elevated heart rate. I’m tired just thinking about that kind of crappy sleep…
What is essential in your girls weekend away?
The essential part of a girls weekend is YOUR GIRLS!
I’m always trying to think of better ideas for a girls weekend getaway with my best friends. It can be hard to organize something when everyone is busy working, have relationships to maintain (sometimes those boyfriends are so damn needy), or are on a tight budget.
Luckily, you don’t actually have to go anywhere to have a fun girls weekend.
Consider having a sleepover weekend (you know you miss those sleepovers from high school) where you can make ice cream sundaes, sip red wine (an adult sleepover requirement), watch a cheesy romantic comedy, and indulge in all that delicious girly gossip, no boys allowed!
Cheers to that!