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Packing For A Weekend Break | Tips

As exciting as packing for a trip away might be, alongside all of that excitement usually comes a tonne of stress. Particularly for shorter breaks I always have a bad habit of over packing. The weather has been extremely temperamental in England recently and for my trip to London tomorrow I have no idea whether I'll be dressing as though it's October or it really is July. And so the burning question on everyone's lips is.. jumpers or vests?! 




THE WEATHER
It's common sense but of course the most important thing to do before you even start packing is to check the local weather of the area where you will be staying. Then you'll have a clearer idea of whether you need to pack your prettiest summer dress or your biggest winter coat. But of course, the weather is never 100% reliable so do prepare to bring some thicker layers no matter how sunny it is predicted to be.


TOILETRIES
If you don't plan on shopping whilst you're away then you'll have no choice but to bring your face wash, shampoo, conditioner etc with you. If this is the case then you can squeeze the product into smaller travel sized bottles to help save room in your case. This kit from Topshop is perfect, especially as it's currently on sale for just £4!! I'd also recommend heading to your local Boots/Superdrug as they usually have a range of products available in travel sized form. 

If you do plan on hitting the shops however, you could buy some travel sized products whilst you're actually at your destination. This will save you having to carry extra bits and bobs within your case and if you share with a partner you're more likely to use them up during your break and therefore not need to bring them back with you either. Perfect!


ROLL DON'T FOLD
This tip has become an absolute life saver for me when it comes to creating more room in my case. Rather than folding your clothes, roll them into a sausage like shape. If you're staying in an apartment with an iron then you'll be able to remove any creases upon arrival. However, as the rolling method does create creases amongst your clothes and you aren't lucky enough to have an iron on hand then folding will have to do. But fear not, rather than folding clothes the traditional way; place them upright in a stack (So on their side rather than their back!) which should help to save you a tonne of room.


LESS IS MORE
My worst packing habit is definitely overpacking. For longer stays, clothes can easily be washed and re-worn. Simply mix up your tops with a different pair of pants and no one will even notice your 'crime' of outfit repeating. For shorter stays, it's pretty likely you'll be shopping and no doubt buy some new clothes. It's far easier to pack less, save room for buying things there than pack more and then struggle shoving everything into your case on the way back. 


COSMETICS
Compact make-up products are your best friend when travelling and there are several beauty brands which have got your back for trips away. Think the Urban Decay Naked on the Run palette. Five eyeshadows, a highlighter, blusher, bronzer, eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss all shoved into one convenient palette. Could packing your make-up quite possibly get any easier?! If you aren't lucky enough to already own this beauty (It was a limited edition last year!) then have no fear as The Balm have got you covered. The Balm Voyage palette features nine eyeshadows, a bronzer, highlighter, two blushes and two lip and cheek creams. Another one of my favourite beauty duos is the Maybelline Master Sculpt. A bronzer and highlighter combo featuring a compact mirror, perfect for on the go touch ups. 


CHECKLIST
Yes okay, I'm guilty as charged for being that kid that would make checklists of everything I would need to take away on holiday with me. But especially for shorter breaks I tend to leave packing to the very last minute and therefore I'm more likely to forget something. I know it seems tedious but it's better to be organised than to realise halfway through the train journey that you've left your face wash at home!


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