Packing tips for the perfect getaway
A drink in the afternoon hubbub of the Champs Elysées or take a bike ride along the Cornish coast. When it comes to weekend trips, we all have our preference. I would probably sway towards the first option, but that’s because I love Paris. Having said that, Cornwall has some breathtaking views that should be experienced.
Of course, whichever option you choose you’ll need to figure out what you’re going to pack.
Unpredictable weather, planned activities and mode of transport can influence the contents of your case, but the basics never change.
The essentials for your 48-hour escape to the country or city are as follows:
Ready for a rural retreat
Let me make one thing clear: my idea, and I hope yours, of a holiday out in the countryside includes a cosy cottage surrounded by beautiful natural scenery yet decked out with the basic mod cons. I genuinely favour sleeping indoors on a mattress with a shower, loo and fridge in the neighbouring rooms. Camping has never really appealed, especially if there’s a chance of rain or snow.
Not to put more of a damper on things, but even if, and I’m sure it will, the temperature rises as we head towards summer, there’s still a high probability of rain. Result: mud, wet clothes and frizzy hair. So go prepared with wellies, umbrellas and a hairdryer.
On a happier note, you’ll probably be escaping to the country by car. This means you don’t need wheels on your luggage, opening you up to a whole host of smart leather holdalls you could use instead of a suitcase. Their classic good looks suit the style of the British countryside. Alongside your main bag, I would also take a backpack for easily carrying drinks, food and extra layers on your day trips.
Take off on a city break
Visiting cities, in particular capital cities, means you’ll always have something to do. Shopping, sightseeing or socialising with the locals, you can do them all or only a few. Eating and drinking in bars and restaurants makes for another fine distraction. To make sure you get the most out of your short stay and do the activities you want to do you should invest in a guide book. It may be romantic to leave things to chance, but it would be a shame to miss out on any hidden gems.
Again, it’s best to be cautious when selecting your handbag or day bag. Backpack might be the preferred choice of a lot of tourists, but who wants to look like a tourist? They can be unsafe in crowds, and if you’re standing on a busy train or bus with it still on your back you can feel you’re in the way. An across-body handbag or messenger bag is far safer and less bulky. You’ll also want a small suitcase for such a brief stay. Luckily we’ve grouped all our cabin cases together, so you can find the one you need based on its weight, size and wheels, so you avoid waiting at the luggage carousel.
The last piece of advice I’d give you is not to pack too many activities into your weekend stay. Make a list of the top 3 things you want to do and in between you should sit back and relax. After all, holidays shouldn’t be stressful.