Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What to Pack for a Weekend Mini-Break

We're off to a mini-break in the countryside this weekend and I'm really looking forward to it. Even though we've got "big" trips to Iceland and Morocco coming up in the not-too-distant future, I still like to sneak away for an indulgent little mini-break here and there!

I like to travel light, but I also love having options and being comfortable. Once, we arrived to a hotel and John triumphantly unfurled a pair of sweatpants he had stowed away in his bag for the ultimate comfort - how clever! I was jealous. Now, I bring a pair of padded slippers with me wherever I go.

Here's a list of what I usually throw into my weekend bag, if you're interested!

1. Comfortable lounge wear

I learned John's trick and make sure I bring (or even travel in) a set of comfy loungewear: cashmere socks, jersey sweatpants and silky pajamas ... these things are relatively thin, so they can be easily rolled up and stowed away. I absolutely love this gorgeous lingerie set from Wacoal's new Spring/Summer collection, which will be coming with me this weekend. Wearing nice lingerie makes the weekend feel even more like a treat, and the pink/grey combo of this set is so feminine and pretty. (I also love that the bralette is wire-free, yet supportive, which is super comfortable!)

2. A top that's equally great for down time and exploring

Earlier this year, I purged my wardrobe of all the striped tops I owned and was left with this one (which I wear all the time) from Petit Bateau. Although it's the first place I go to for baby gifts, I love their adult line too and their Breton tops are such great quality: thick, warm, and beautifully designed. This is my go-to weekend outfit. I like that it's casual with jeans and sneakers, but smart enough to pair with a black leather skirt, tights, and boots too.

3. A great magazine (or three). 

On weekend breaks, I secretly can't wait to take naps in the middle of the afternoon, read magazines by the pool (if there's one) or watch a really dumb movie/TV show late into the night - it's how I unwind. Our average journey time for weekend breaks ranges from 1 - 3 hours, so I always make sure I bring my favorite magazines with me - again, it feels like a treat!

4. Comfortable shoes for walking

If we're staying in the countryside, we'll probably go for a long walk in the surrounding area, or - if we're in a city - go exploring in town. John and I recently bought these Vivobarefoot hiking boots (we're such nerds!) and they are so comfortable. I like wearing them for walks on rugged terrain, otherwise I wear my Adidas Neos if we're walking around the city.

5. A little black dress

More often than not, we'll be eating in the hotel's restaurant, and I like to dress up for dinner, even if the hotel doesn't have a dress code. I always pack a nice dress and either flats, boots, or a pair of heels to go with it. I've got a simple black dress that works well in the summer, but I'm searching for a good one for the cooler months, if you have any suggestions!

6. A cross-body bag

On weekends, I like to go hands-free with whatever bag I'm carrying. I've had my eye on this L.K. Bennett bag for a while, and it fits hotel room keys, my phone, a lipstick and tissues perfectly. Plus, it has slots for cards.

What do you like to pack for weekends away? Let me know in the comments!

Lingerie provided courtesy of Wacoal. Shop the collection here. Top and cross-body bag provided courtesy of Petit Bateau and L.K. Bennett. All opinions are my own.

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