What to pack for a weekend away
The good old British bank holiday is just around the corner with hopefully some sunshine on the horizon too and however you plan to spend it, here’s our guide for what you really need to take away on a mini break to remove any last-minute packing panic.
This mini break is all about self-care and minimal effort when it comes to getting dressed – that’s what the robes are for. Keep it simple when it comes to packing you really only need the essentials. For the daytime, swimwear for the spa but not your favourite or most expensive to avoid any damage from the essential oils. For the evening, a lightweight patterned maxi dress, a pair of sandals and a jacket for if it gets a little cooler. Thyme is a beautiful hotel situated in the Cotswolds, with a range of soothing spa treatments - perfect for a weekend of peace and quiet.
Long walks, lazy pub lunches and cosy evenings in front the fire calls for stylish and practical outfit packing. Pack easy to layer separates so you can wrap up if needed. Start with a stylish base, think classic white shirts, pretty blouses and your favourite jeans that can be paired with chunky knitwear to elevate the look. Countryside weekends are the perfect opportunity to wear your most chic knits, ticking the stylish and sensible boxes. And because you can’t always rely on the British weather, it’s a good idea to pack a waterproof too and maybe some wellies - just in case. We recommend heading to Soho Farmhouse for a spot of boating, horse riding and lots of good food.
Often the most difficult to pack for as you want to pack for every eventuality but, the best way forward is to just pack a capsule wardrobe. Keep the colour palette neutral and choose pieces that you can mix and match or dress up or down if your plans change at the last minute. A midi dress, plain white t-shirt, tailored trousers or shorts and a chic blazer, lightweight enough for daytime strolls but also a cover-up for cooler evenings. Don’t forget footwear too, you can easily cover 10,000 steps exploring a city so pack a pair of comfy trainers but ones that look smart too. We love Veja’s for comfort and style perfect for daytime wandering but chic enough for dinner in the evening too. Edinburgh is the perfect destination for a quick city retreat, and with the August Fringe Festival in August, the city is buzzing with creativity.
For the active lovers, a bank holiday weekend spent working up a sweat at a fitness retreat will be top of the list. Whether you're hiking in the Lake District or windsurfing on a Norfolk beach, you’re going to need activewear. Firstly, make sure you pack your most comfortable pieces that are easy to workout in and make you feel good. It’s best to be prepared and pack multiple pairs of leggings, t-shirts, sports bras and socks because after every workout your activewear will need a wash. If washing facilities aren’t available, rinse your items in cool water to help stop bacteria and sweat lurking until you get home.
Our top tip? Save space for cosy pyjamas or your favourite cashmere loungewear. You’ll want to slip into something comforting and relaxing after a tough day of working out.