Weekend Away Essentials | AD

Weekend Away Essentials | AD
This post is sponsored by Clive Christian

Last weekend was the first bank holiday of the year (I don’t count New Year’s Day as I’m still in Christmas mode then; aren’t we all?) and over the next month we have two more. This basically gives us an excuse to have long weekends away with our nearest and dearest, for which packing is a nightmare. But having spent various weekends away from home at Jack’s over the past 9 months or so, I’m pretty certain I’ve got my packing skills down. So today I’m chatting all about my weekend away essentials.

First up is something to keep you entertained whilst you’re travelling. I personally reach for a book or pull out my blog plans, usually the latter if I’m on a train with a table seat. Sure, weekends are for getting away from work but it’s the prime time for me to get some blogging done! If you’re a little more cramped for space then a book or a magazine is always a winner, plus television catch up is always an option. None opf these are necessarily great for saving space on your travels, but at least it keeps you entertained!

If you’re only away for a few days, you don’t want to be packing your entire skincare regimen. I mean, you’re probably only taking what is considered as ‘hand luggage’ and skincare takes up a lot of space. I use weekends away as my chance to get through my excessive stash of samples. These sample sized sachets take up minimal space in a suitcase, and you finally get through the collection that inevitably builds up as a beauty addict.

Weekend Away Essentials | Essential Twenty

Another space saving favourite of mine is taking smaller versions of your favourite perfumes. Sure, when you buy perfume you don’t get a whole lot of product, but the bottles can be pretty bulky. I have a pretty large stash of perfume samples which I’m trying to work my way through, but another favourite option of mine is to get smaller sizes of my favourite perfumes. These perfume sets from Clive Christian contain 10ml of product per perfume, which is the perfect size for multiple weekends away!

My final tip for this post is to pack light. Don’t pack 4 pairs of shoes if your only plan is to chill in a cottage somewhere. Don’t pack a ball gown if the fanciest place you’ll be going to is a gastropub. If it’s going to be freezing cold, don’t waste your time (and valuable space) packing a pair of shorts. It’s just one weekend away, usually no more than 4 days; think sensibly when you pack!

What are your weekend away essentials? I love learning about new tips and tricks to pack light, and to have the best weekend I can!

*This post was written in collaboration with Clive Christian, but all tips (and opinions) are my own.
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  • ofbeautyand

    Sample sizes are perfect for travelling! I always keep them x


  • I love this! I’m all for small sachets and sample sized products when packing. I’m going away next week and I’m already gathering my miniatures together haha xx

    Cally | xcallyloves.blogspot.co.uk

    • I’ve already got a bag put aside of samples to take away with me in July! I don’t want to overdo it though haha x

  • xkass

    I need to learn to take sample sizes ha ha I am an over packer definitely I just can’t help no matter how hard I try! Opps

    • I find I usually underpack and then need to go out and buy underwear when I’m away haha x

  • Take me away for the weekend Soohie. I never really take my laptop with me when travelling, even though I bought a Macbook Air for this very reason. I much prefer to just pull out a book and escape a little.

    However I am a sucker for saving up mini and samples to take away on holiday with me, especially as I mostly fly hand luggage only

    Hayley @ Tea Party Beauty

    • Let’s get some sun!

      I take my iPad at a push, but to be honest if I go away I just like to chill x

  • I love sample perfume sizes, especially when you receive them in a package or something that you weren’t expecting. They are so handy to pop in your bag and take on the go, without the worry of losing or smashing your favourite scent!

    Alice | alicemaysnell

    • I always keep a miniature in my handbag, just in case I feel like my body needs a bit of a scent boost x

  • those are perfect for travelling!
    style frontier

  • xkatiemiddleton

    Sample sizes are life savers! Especially when you don’t have a lot of room! They’re also great if you’ve never tried before and the full size version is expensive, it gets you a feel of what to expect!

    Katie x

    • I try to get samples of high end products that I want to try before I buy the full thing. I don’t want to spend £20+ on something I might hate x