I always struggle at packing for a weekend away. I struggle with packing in general to be honest. I tend to over pack no matter how long I am going away for. In reality a weekend away does not need 4 t-shirts, all the makeup I possess, 2 pairs of jeans, a skirt, many pieces of underwear, and the kitchen sink. Quite the opposite really. A weekend away is something that is best done when travelling light. Especially if going abroad! Hand luggage rules and regulations mean I can not take all of the makeup I posess and probably won't use. But what about just in case Kaye?! No. Just no Kaye. Calm down and you don't need all of those various shades of red lipstick. Hand luggage rules won't allow you either. Take what you need and not what you want
The starting point of any packing venture is how you are going to carry all of your items! I have this amazing Seafolly overnight bag made from a lovely scuba material from Simply Beach. The scuba material means it is waterproof and dead light, and it also offers a shoulder strap as well as hand straps so I can carry it in a multitude of ways. It is a decent size also and will fit 2-3 outfits, straighteners, makeup, spare pair of shoes, and maybe the kitchen sink if I so wanted
Honestly think about what kind of makeup you need to take with you and the tools. I have managed to cut my 'weekend away' makeup down to the bare minimum of foundation, concealer, eyebrow pencil, mascara, matte lip pencil. The eyebrow pencil and the matte lip pencils don't need to go into a clear plastic bag if you are going abroad! Only the liquid items which would be the foundation, concealer and mascara. You can even add an eyeliner pen if you are that way inclined. But you don't really need all of your eyeshadows, and all of your lipsticks with you (FYI, the matte lip pencils I use are Nudestix). Don't forget makeup remover also. I know you shouldn't use makeup wipes but they are so much easier to chuck into an overnight bag
Weekends away tend to be 2-4 days long I guess. Most of the time I am away for 2-3 days. One outfit is the one you decide to wear on the day of travel, meaning you tend to only need to pack one outfit for the next day, or an extra one if you are staying another day. So maximum number of outfits would be two. So no Kaye, you do not need to bring 4 t-shirts with you, a jumper, a dress, a skirt, 2 pairs of jeans, and leggings. That is just absurd. Cut it down to what you need. Be ruthless. Don't think "oh but what if I want to wear this dress instead of that one? I will just take both". No. Make a decision and stick to it. All fashion bloggers plan their outfits for shoots and this would be the same situation. Plan your outfits for where you are going and what you are doing. Going somewhere cold? Take 1 t-shirt and 1 jumper. You can always layer and nobody will know you have worn that t-shirt for the whole weekend. No shame in that at all my friends, we wear the same bra for weeks on end after all. Be true to your style also. Why would I decide to pack dresses just in case when in reality I am always wearing leggings?! My mind is just absurd
Next is all the little nitty gritty bits we tend to forget. Hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, sanitary towels, medications. I actually tend to keep a bag that has toothpaste, shampoo, sanitary towels, and toothbrush constantly in my overnight bag. That way I will never forget these little bits and leave them in my bathroom at home. You can normally pick them up anywhere, but it is super annoying when you get somewhere and realise you have forgotten it all isn't it? Just keep a little bag made up in your overnight bag and it will never be forgotten
What are your top tips for a weekend away?
Bag was given to me by Simplybeach.com but all views and opinions are my own