What to Pack for a Weekend Away – An Active Weekend Away.
Someone once told me that it should only take about 20 mins to pack for a weekend away. I don’t know what type of person they are, but I’m certainly not one of them. More’s the pity. It takes me ages to pack and the only way I can do it is pack for every eventuality and then whittle it down.
So what to pack. Shoes – ahh yesssss. I love shoes! I generally start with shoes and then work outfits around what I decide to take! Probably not a good idea.
Yep, I make a right meal of packing. Dave, on the other hand, throws a few things into a stuff bag with minimal fuss and manages to look great all the time. I agonise over what to take and invariably either take the wrong things or end up forgetting something. Sound familiar?
I’m the sort of person who like Kevin’s Mum in Home Alone, would in a last minute dash to get to the airport forget about a child left in the house, and only remember when I’m wondering if I turned the iron off as I sit on the plane reading the inflight magazine.
So the best thing for me to do is to make a list and stick to it, otherwise I’m likely to end up with 10 pairs of shoes, and a whole load of clothes that I haven’t worn for three years and most definitely wouldn’t wear on holiday anyway.
I asked some friends what they just couldn’t live without on a weekend away and had to chuckle at their responses:-
Ancient teddy bear
My list for what to pack for a weekend weekend away would include the following.
Small travel hairdryer – check out this post for the best travel hairdryer.
2 t-shirts for walking
2 pairs shorts (in winter, one long lightweight pants) for walking
Swimsuit and sarong in summertime
1 lightweight fleecy for walking, or for around camp fire at night
1 pair of cut-off trousers if it’s hot in the day
1 pair of jeans
1 smart casual top to go with jeans
1 bolero cardi, or sweatshirt that go with jeans and cut-offs
1 lightweight raincoat
1 no-iron dress (if we’re going out for lunch or dinner)
1 smart jacket to go with jeans and dress (winter).
3 pairs of shoes (walking shoes, comfy flats and going out shoes) I may throw some thongs in if it’s beach weather
Pyjamas x 1
Anti histamine tablet/paracetemol/ibuprofen/Berocca (!!Plasters, antibacterial cream, anti-itch cream for mosquito bites
Toothbrush, hairbrush, make-up, moisturizer, soap, hair shampoo + conditioner.
Waterbottle (and nuts, sweeties and chocolate if I’m walking!)
Book, music, notepads and pen
Phone, iPad, camera and chargers
And a Day Pack – Here’s a post from fellow travel blogger about the Best Travel Daypacks for non backpackers.
What would you include that I’ve forgotten?
Disclaimer: I was gifted 1 item of clothing by W Lane and shoes from Betts