Packing for a weekend away can often be a daunting task. Whether it is a romantic getaway or a girlie weekend with friends, there is a fine art to not under or over packing. It is important to remember all the travel essentials while ensuring you have enough clothes to cover all weather scenarios. Here are Sophie’s top tips for what to pack for a weekend away.
- I suggest investing in a practical and good-quality weekend bag. Finding the right size bag for you is key to this – make sure it’s big enough to fit in all the essentials for a three-day trip but not too big that it allows you to over pack. A weekend away could mean various methods of transport, so your bag needs to be comfortable to carry. If you are a frequent flyer, make sure it meets the correct dimensions for hand luggage; and I would always invest in a hard case with wheels to protect your belongings while in the overhead lockers.
- A very simple rule I go by is checking the weather forecast for the weekend at your destination. If you are staycationing in the UK, of course, the weather will probably alter before you travel, but a forecast does give an indication of the expected temperature and climate. If sightseeing in a new city, I find there is nothing worse than being too cold or too hot, especially if you are out all day, so checking in advance allows you to pack appropriate layers or outfits.
- Pack day-to-night outfits – picking versatile pieces and making the most of them is the answer to not over packing. My ethos when designing is to envisage a garment being worn for a multitude of occasions. The SILK BOW BLOUSE is my favourite pick for a weekend away. The feminine neckline teamed with the lace back detailing is understated elegance at its best. Wear with jeans and comfortable trainers when exploring the city or dress up with heels for an evening dinner date.
- Accessories are an outfit changer. No matter what time of year you are going on your weekend away, accessories are an easy way to transform an outfit while taking up minimal room in your bag. A seasonal hat can instantly promote your outfit whether it is winter or summer, while the addition of jewellery takes you effortlessly from day to night.
- Don’t forget about day-to-day essentials. Have a checklist for those everyday necessities that you need each time you travel, regardless of the destination or occasion. I have a toiletry bag that I keep specifically for weekends away. This doesn’t ever get unpacked, just put away once home. In this, I have all my travel-size toiletries, a toothbrush and my favourite perfume in a portable vial that is under the 100ml restriction required for hand luggage on aircrafts.