What to pack for a weekend away 

After a long, cold winter, comes the anticipation of cashing in those unused holidays for a long weekend getaway. Be it a far-flung escape to Morocco, a culture-packed visit to Amsterdam, or a low-key staycation somewhere with lots of local charm, the trick is the same: pack light for maximum versatility and choose all-purpose pieces that can easily be layered, dressed up, or dressed down. And don't forget to reserve a little bit of space in your bag to bring some souvenirs home. 

 

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1. Jeans

Levis Ribcage

 

A great pair of straight jeans are the ultimate multi-tasker, ready to be just as easily styled for the daytime as with a heel for dinner out. They’re comfy, practical, and deliver that effortless cool-girl vibe too.


Levi's Ribcage Jeans, £95

 


2. Dress

Mint Velvet Marlee Snake Trapeze Dress

 

A midi can be dressed up or down, layered up or worn alone, and are seriously comfy so you won't need to dash back to base to change before dinner. Wear with black bikers, trainers or sandals, but it's all about comfort here, so any pair that you can walk a lot in are ideal.


Mint Velvet, Marlee Snake Trapeze Dress, £129

 


3. Holdall

Samsonite Karis Duffle

 

You don’t want to waste precious time at baggage reclaim. Nor do you want to be hauling your mini suitcase while you try to locate your hotel. So choose a sizable but compact holdall like this Samsonite one, which you can carry by hand or on your shoulder.


Samsonite, Karis Duffle, £139

 


4. Boots

Salomon, XA Bondcliff 2 Trail Running Shoes

 

Don’t you love it when fashion’s obsessions handily intersect with actual practicality? Whether you’re strolling the pretty (but chilly) British coast or trekking the picturesque streets of Milan or Barcelona, you’ll be stylishly well-kitted in chunky, utilitarian-style boots.


AllSaints, Paulina Ankle Boots, £248

 


5. Organiser

Herschel Supply Co Travel Organiser,

 

Don’t underestimate the power of packing organisation. Keep your travel essentials neat and tidy with three packing cubes and a locking roll-bag for wet swimwear so you spend more time taking in the sights and less time searching your bag for those pesky bits and bobs.


Herschel Supply Co, Travel Organiser, £45

 


6. Cross-body

Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Medium Shoulder Chain Bag

 

You’ll only have room to bring one bag, so make sure it works for all occasions. A practical cross-body bag will keep your hands free and your belongings secure and is smart enough to throw over your evening look. Opt for classic black, tan or cream.


Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Medium Shoulder Chain Bag, £279

 


7. Overcoat

Barbour Millie Jacket

 

Nothing keeps the weather at bay and adds a sophisticated edge quite like a calf-skimming mac in a toasted biscuit shade. This one from the outerwear wizards at Barbour comes with a handy hood which, let’s face it, is essential for a UK break.


Barbour, Millie Jacket, £229

 


8. Layering knits

Ted Baker, Holyee Wool Blend V Neck Cardigan

 

Even if you’re lucky enough to be escaping to milder climes, pack a chic, lightweight knit and you won’t regret it – after a day of soaking in sun rays, the nights can feel chilly. Bonus, it can also double up as a little in-flight pillow or be worn over the shoulder and tied around the neck as a scarf. 


Ted Baker, Holyee Wool Blend V Neck Cardigan, £129

 


9. Bucket hat

GUESS New Glory Trainers

 

A bucket hat will look just as good as a sun hat on the beach as well as a rain protector, so it's the perfect accessory to pack for every eventuality. Pair it with stripped-back essentials like classic T-shirts and summer knitwear in muted colours.


Tommy Jeans, Heritage Denim Bucket Hat, £35

 


10. Sunglasses

Rayban, Havana rectangle sunglasses

 

Great for sunny trips abroad and for those fleeting moments of British winter sunshine, these tortoise shell-effect sunglasses will polish off your daytime looks just nicely.


Rayban, Havana rectangle sunglasses, £167