What every jet-set and style-conscious traveller should pack for a city weekend escape
Planning a weekend city-break? Excited to pack and show off all your new stylish purchases? Let’s face it – there’s only so much you can fit into a cabin bag so being selective and smart with your packing goes without saying. The key is to focus on pieces that are versatile transforming you from day-chic to evening-ready with just a few minor tweaks (this is where accessories come in handy). And oh, before you start packing make sure you check the local weather forecast.
“Boring” I hear you say, already having your eyes set on those shiny new boots with a nice high heel you bought the other day. Well, without sounding like your granny, sometimes playing it safe pays off. Pack a nice pair of fashionable flats that you know you can actually walk miles and miles in without any discomfort. What’s the fun of being in a new city only to be sat on a bench with painful blisters?
A scarf is a godsend when it comes to any weekend wardrobe. Not only will it come in handy when covering up on a freezing plane, a colourful silk or cotton scarf will also add a touch of chic to your travel outfit making you look ever so accomplished disembarking that flight.
When it comes to the bling, there’s no need to pack your entire jewellery box. Stick to a statement necklace for evenings and a nice pair of earrings to jazz up the day outfit.
This might be the most strategic piece of your weekend wardrobe. Think twice before deciding which one to bring since this is the coat you’ll be travelling in and also be wearing during the day and evening.
A classic trench-coat is always a winner and you can’t really go wrong with a camel or suede coat either. But for real fashionistas, there’s room to be a bit edgier here and go for a colourful cashmere or wool coat or even a faux-fur.
Two types of tops
There are two types of tops to pack – the casual daytime t-shirt and the evening going-out top and two of each will do. Transform your day-look to dinner glam by swapping the t-shirt for a nice leather top accessorised with a statement necklace. Neutral colours such as black, beige and white are the way to go.
Pack your favourite pair of jeans. Whether is your black skinny jeans or your super comfortable boyfriend jeans. Just make sure they are comfortable to walk, eat and dance in and goes with both flats and heels.
MAC’s Ruby Red lipstick
Iconic seductive red lips goes a long way. In addition to the make-up essentials make sure to pack a splash of colour. MAC’s Ruby Red lippy will add a touch of glamour to any evening outfit and get you va-va-voom ready in no time!
Lastly, no one likes rain but what’s even worse is having your nicely blow-dried hair turn into wet tresses and your favourite shoes ruined. Ensure you stay dry by packing a travel sized umbrella. They are small, compact and won’t take up too much of your precious weekend cargo space.
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Julia Gralberg is a freelance travel writer, editor of Hotel & Resort Guide, Lux Nomade and founder of Boutique Communications Consultancy, Lux Collective. When she isn’t busy jumping in hotel beds and eating her way through breakfast buffets you’ll find her on her yoga mat.