Rules For Packing For A Weekend Away

Rules For Packing For A Weekend Away

Whether you’re gearing up for a summer city break or are headed out of Blighty this bank holiday, packing for a weekend away can be a minefield. From creased and crumpled separates to having the wrong footwear, we’ve all fallen for those easy errors that can ruin your vacation look, so before you pack for your next jaunt, be sure to follow our eight key rules…

1. Take Dresses That Double Up

This means midi dresses that work over swimsuits, with heels in the evening, and with aforementioned trainers on busy sightseeing days. NET-A-PORTER’s selection of short sleeved designs in busy prints is a must – offerings from LoveShackFancy, with their midi length and cool cotton fabric, have wearable appeal.

2. Buy Sandals That Work For The Beach And The Bar

Shoes are the easiest way to save space in your holdall, so sticking to just one pair is wise. That means investing in flat sandals that work for both pool days and dinners out – we recommend slick, understated slides for a polished look. Pair with on-trend anklets to add interest.

3. Roll Up Silky Pieces To Maximise Space

If you like having plenty of options, finding pieces you can roll without creasing will give you extra room for more. Silky fabrics and easy satins are best to avoid crumpling – try Cami NYC for easily transportable options.

Streamline your summer beauty edit by investing in a couple of good-quality multitaskers – whether it’s a dry oil that’ll soothe frazzled strands and sun-parched skin or a rose-tinted balm that can double up for both lips and cheeks.

4. Pack a Crossbody

Forget oversized totes or awkwardly-shaped beach bags – a leather crossbody big enough for just your essentials is the key to packing light. See by Chloé is a hero for neutral shade options that go with everything, whilst bubblegum pink is the fun, summery alternative.

5. If You Bother With Separates, Stick To Basics

Our top tip for mini break packing would be leave the separates at home. But if you do want to make your wardrobe work harder, we suggest sticking to a pared-back neutral colour palette to avoid any nothing-to-wear moments. Try tops and midi skirts in pale nudes for easy holiday style.

6. Prioritise Costume Jewellery

Whether you’re worried about expensive accessories or simply want to be able to transform your simple separates, packing a selection of lightweight costume jewellery is the shortcut to looking pulled together. Try statement gold or summer-ready turquoise for a transformative look.

Things like socks, underwear and bikinis should all be rolled up compactly and fitted in trainers, heels and handbags to save space.

7. Throw In One Swimsuit

It doesn’t matter if you’re just off for a quick city break – there’s nothing more frustrating than showing up and realising your hotel has a pool or spa. Be prepared by packing a stylish new season swimsuit – we love Hunza G’s seersucker offerings in warm, flattering hues.

8. Travel In Trainers

Chances are wherever you’re headed, you’ll need trainers. Even if it’s just to schlep through the airport, you’ll be grateful to have a comfy and stylish pair on hand; our advice is to stick to unfussy, white designs that go with anything.

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