The Girl’s Guide To Packing For A Weekend Away

Going away is just so exciting - seeing new places is one of the best life experiences. Well, at least, I think so, anyway. While I love going away, be it to somewhere abroad or to a place in the UK, the one thing I always used to struggle with was packing. Like most fashion lovers, whenever I go anywhere I have a tendency to over pack. (I hate to leave anything at home in case I decide that I need it.)

That being said, I think that I have finally mastered the art of packing perfectly for a weekend away, and I just had to share it with you. For everything that you need to know about weekend away packing success, take note of these tips.

Think about where you’re going

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The first thing that you need to do is think about where you are going. This is important because what you’ll need often depends on the type of trip that you’re planning. For example, what you’ll need for a weekend of hiking will differ to what you’ll need for a trip to a theme park, like the Pleasure Beach at Blackpool.

It’s important to think about what you’ll be doing on your trip, as that will impact what you need to pack. If you’re heading off for a beach break in sunny Spain, jeans aren’t a necessity. However, for a weekend in London, lots of warm clothing is a must. It’s just a case of being choosy about what you pack, to ensure that you only take what you need.

Let’s talk clothes

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For a weekend away, the best thing to do is pack a capsule wardrobe. This means packing a few essential pieces that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. If you write a list of all the essentials, you’ll find it easier to work out what you need to pack to go with them.

Don’t make the mistake of packing for every eventuality, instead, pack a combination of versatile items. Aim to pack mainly neutral bits so that they are easier to mix and match. Pick pieces that you can easily dress up with accessories, should you want to wear them in the evening.

When it comes to adding a little extra colour and style to your look, accessories are essential. A couple of well-chosen accessories can transform an outfit, so make sure to pack a selection of items. This should include a couple of scarves, a bag or two, and lots of lovely jewellery.

Keep shoes to a minimum

You’re only going to be away for a couple of days, so you don’t need any more than two pairs of shoes. Pack one pair of casual shoes, as well as a slightly smarter pair, so that you’re covered no matter what.

For a weekend away, the best shoes to pack are a pair of ankle boots and a pair of neutral ballet pumps. Don’t stress about packing heels, a pair of boots can look just as nice and double up for day wear.

Be choosy about your beauty bits

Once you’ve got your clothing and accessories sorted, the next step is to think about your beauty essentials. Obviously, your makeup is a must, but what else do you need for a weekend away?

Shampoo and conditioner are crucial but don’t pack full-size bottles, opt for mini bottles instead. (Or, if you don’t need to wash your hair that often, a bottle of dry shampoo will do.) If you’re staying in a hotel, don’t worry about soap as most nice hotels will provide this. Cleanser, toner and moisturiser are all also essentials, but that’s about it. You don’t need to worry about exfoliating scrub, as that can wait until you get home. The only other thing you’ll need is your hair brush - for travel, a Tangle Teezer is ideal.

Don’t forget your entertainment

As well as you clothes, shoes and beauty products, don’t forget to pack your bits and bobs to keep yourself entertained. Write a list of all the essentials and their accessories, to ensure that you don’t forget anything.

Things like your iPad, Kindle, smartphone, and camera are all essentials. So make sure that as well as packing them, that you also remember to pack their chargers. Otherwise, once they run out of battery, you won’t be able to use them.

So there you have it, all the essentials that you’ll need for a weekend away. It can be easy to overpack, but if you take note of these tips, you can keep the amount that you pack under control.

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