Thursday, 29 May 2014

Minibreak: Pack Like A Pro


I've been told I'm a good packer. 

This probably stems from the countless shoots abroad I've been on when we take 5 suitcases full of clothes and gowns - but are only allowed to take one carry-on ourselves, which needs to hold all our clothes and cosmetics for a week.

I do, in fact, have a bit of a plan....

1. Pick a basic colour palette, which you can build up. Monochrome is always good:


2. Add a healthy dose of denim, it always works (and can be worn in the evening if turns out to be a bit cold):


3. Be ORGANISED. I know it's not cool, but I often work out in my head or on a notebook what I'm going to wear each night so I don't take anything I don't need.


4. A breton top and a shirt is never a bad idea. 


5. Always take a waterproof. Even if it says blue skies - it has rained on me in Barbados before, so I don't take chances. And neon always goes down well with me...


6. Choose a cool, yet comfy plane outfit. I always choose cashmere and sandals you can kick off mid flight (I always pack comfy socks in my hand luggage). Wear your bulky items like a denim jacket to the airport.



7. TAKE MINIATURES. I actually have a box under my bed full of miniatures I collect on my travels so I am never without at home. Don't forget toothpaste - Hotels often provide shampoo etc but rarely toothpaste.


8. Hand luggage essentials: wallet for passports (I couldn't survive at the airport without this), noise cancelling headphones, iPad mini (in Gap leather wallet), hand cream and travel guide to swat up on the plane.


And there you have it, a perfectly formed minibreak case full of essentials but a few quirks (oh, and I added a leopard print jacket in at the end, too - just in case).

See what I actually wear on my NYC trip next week. Join me on my travels via Instagram, until then.



19 comments :

  1. Wow, you really are a packing pro! Have a wonderful time in NYC!

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  2. These pics are lovely - love the way you've laid them out!

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  3. Great tips! Where did you get the Narciso Rodriguez mini?! I have the big bottle of that and have been debating how I'm going to scale down my perfumes for holidays!

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    1. It was a present from my mum, think she bought as part of a pack from duty free....! She split the pack between me and my sister x

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  4. Excellent advice, will be keeping this one in my inbox for a while!

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  5. Thank you. I love posts like this. :0) H x

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  6. I need to follow these tips! LOVE your wash bag! x

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  7. So organised and well planned - love this post! I do okay on the clothes but always end up taking way too much on the toiletries/makeup front. I need to re-build my miniatures collection...or get some plastic bottles and decant. Looking forward to seeing your New York adventures xx

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    1. I got some liz earle miniature bottles sent with my order a few years ago...and I keep them in my 'spare' toiletries box and decant every time I go away - lifesaver!

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  8. Love this post! I would also love to know where you get the NR mini from, I use this perfume but my bottle is so clunky and heavy to pack! Also the broderie anglaise dress/top - where is this from? It's gorgeous x

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    1. It was a present from my mum, think she bought in a pack from duty free....
      The dress is from And Other Stories - link in my '5 dresses you'l llive in this summer' post in the popular posts section on the side x

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  9. Hi there love your blog and this post is really useful! Can I ask, did you get this Petit Bateau top recently? I love it but can't find on their website? If it's old, do you know where might stock a logo breton? Thanks, elena xx

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    1. I'm finding out for you....! In the meantime, have you tried J Crew? They had loads of cute logo t-shirts last month when I went in xx

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  10. Thanks so much �� just off to peruse the J Crew website right now.... X

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    1. Hi Elena, my exact top will be available late summer online, my sources tell me....! x

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    2. Alex thanks so much for getting back to me much appreciated! That top is SO mine x

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  11. Hi Alex, LOVE this post and love the denim shirt. Is it an old one? Clare x

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  12. Great tips! Mini shampoos and body washes are the most useful things. I have a bag with them , too. I am going to visit France next holiday and I am planning to take them. It is more comfortable instead of bringing big bottles. Best regards!

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