I love short breaks away – especially staycations. I rarely go on long, lavish holidays anymore, instead opting for a weekend here and a few days there in different parts of the U.K (although if I had the means to, I definitely would treat myself to a lavish holiday somewhere nice!) However I’ve learnt that the packing process of a short break or a weekend away isn’t any less stressful than any other holiday. You’ll still forget something. You’ll still pack too much and hardly wear any of it. And you’ll always pack for the wrong season, with the unpredictability of the U.K weather. But where’s the fun if something doesn’t at least go a little bit wrong?! Today I’m going to share some of my ultimate essentials for a weekend away!
Leggings: A chilled weekend away will always require leggings at some point or another. I always pack a pair or two of my comfiest ones so I can really relax in the hotel / cottage or wherever I’m staying.
One nice dress: But only one. You’re not away for long enough to need fancy clothes all the time but you never know where you might end up!
Basic, loose-fitting t-shirts / vests: These are perfect for layering (so you can add more or less, depending on the weather) and you can also make them look nice but be super comfy at the same time!
Fluffy socks: To wear in bed to reach ultimate snug-ness, of course!
Hot water bottle: Chances are, wherever you’re staying, there will be a kettle in the room so I always take a hot water bottle in case it’s chilly! (These are also super handy to have for any other emergencies, such as unexpected period cramps)
Perfume: I always take my favourite perfume away with me. I was recently sent this handy Twist & Spritz* which allows you to pour a little bit of your favourite into this smaller container. Perfect for your handbag or just to save space!
Rosehip oil*: An oil like this is super handy to take with you because it’s small enough to not take up much room and it also has multiple benefits, including helping with dry skin and insect bites. And I don’t know about you but I get bitten to sh*t in the Summer!
Micellar water and cotton pads: The micellar water I use is kinda big but I still don’t go anywhere without it. It has too many uses not to! I can use it to take my make-up off with and give my face a quick clean if I’m in a rush.
Lip balm: This one speaks for itself. When you’re travelling or outside a lot on holiday, your lips can take a battering. Last year, I was away for 2 days and my lips got burnt. I didn’t have any lip balm. The pain.
Tweezers: So goddamn handy to keep in your bag cos you never know when you might need tweezers for something! These Rubis tweezers are a Swiss brand who manufacture high quality products and you can certainly tell by using these. They make tweezing (is that a word?) quick, easy and steady. Not necessarily pain-less, depending on where you’re using them but they’re definitely of a higher quality to most tweezers you’ll buy in the shops.
Antihistamines: I suffer with hay fever really badly in the Spring and Summer but I always carry some antihistamine tablets with me, just in case.
A book: I mean, obviously.
What are you absolute essentials for a short break? Any weird items which you don’t leave home without?
Products marked with a (*) were sent to me