Yes, it is another long weekend and we all know there is nothing quite like the excitement of finishing work, with the promise of a long weekend adventure ahead of you. Though, as most people realise, when it comes to packing for a getaway, there’s generally a bit of a struggle: You want to bring enough clothing to see you through all scenarios, but you don’t want to lug around an extensive wardrobe. The key here is strategic packing.
To see you through a weekend away at the beach, in the country, or in another we share some of our tips. From the best colours and types of clothing to take with you, as well as gadgets designed to make your luggage look more minimalist, these tips are designed to make the chore of packing quick and easy.
Luggage is Everything
The most important part of this process is selecting the right type of luggage. Ditch the hard-shell suitcase and opt for one of our Swish & Swank leather duffle bags. Our duffels are the ultimate companion to any adventure, large enough for a weekend's travel and compact enough to be taken just about anywhere at any given time. They feature an outer zipper pocket, ideal for your cell, passport and other small accessories. What’s great about leather duffels is that you can always squeeze a little bit more in around the edges, and they will fit snugly under your seat on a plane.
Neutral Clothing Works Best
This has to be one of the most useful packing tips you will ever come across. Always rely on the neutrals such as black jeans, which are easily transformed from exploring in the day to dinner and drinks at night.
For ladies and gents, you simply change your shirt or blouse for a daytime to evening look. Also, it works to apply the 2:1 rule, two tops for each pair of trousers or jeans. All you have to do is pack a few key transitional pieces that can seamlessly take you from day-to-night can be integrated into a variety of situations. If you aren’t typically a person who dresses in neutrals, throw in pops of colour by including colourful accessories, or pretty hues that can go with any colour in your suitcase (like blue, red, and green).
Dispense Toiletries, Dispense With Weight
Don’t carry big bottles of toiletries with you, dispense shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser and more into smaller travel bottles to reduce weight, and if you’re flying they’ll fit airport security restrictions for hand luggage. You would be surprised how many people still take full sized bottles with them. The best way to keep accessories, toiletries, and other small items safe and organized is by placing them inside smaller pouches or cases.
Layer Things Up
Cotton clothing is perfect as not only is it light, it folds down easily too.
Weather a bit unknown? Stack up on your cotton garments and you can instantly transform from a cotton vest for warmer climes or add a long-sleeved t-shirt for added warmth, without the need for bulky jumpers.
Instead of packing a raincoat, take an umbrella with you. And if it’s really cold, pack a scarf as well as thermal or normal leggings or tights to wear under jeans for an instant hit of warmth without the weight.
Use Your Phone As A Camera
Cameras have long been a staple on our packing lists, but like the transformation from disposable to digital versions, phones have also been subject to some serious camera updates. Leave the digital camera at home, and use your phone to capture key moments.
Once you have your looks and luggage ready to go, you can start to physically pack your baggage. Start by grouping similar items based on the items size and weight. Place shoes at the bottom of your duffle and place your stacks of clothes on top, that way your most precious items won’t be crushed if someone places their bag on top of yours.