Your weekend away packing list

Heading off for a few days? From European city breaks to a coastal staycation, mini-break dressing starts with your suitcase. And with several long weekends on the horizon, there’s no better time to perfect your packing list. We’ve put together the ultimate weekend capsule wardrobe, so you can spend less time folding and more time relaxing.

Mini-break must-haves

Weekend trips mean packing light, so get your essentials in check.

1. Spacious bag with shoulder straps

A roomy weekend bag with extra compartments will keep all your items organised. There's plenty of space for what you need, and a handy exterior pocket makes it easy to grab your passport or purse on the go.

2. A straw hat

A lightweight straw hat will keep your hair protected and earn you extra style points as you explore the scenery. Choose a traditional Fedora shape or casual bucket hat or go for a cool cowboy style to top off your look.

3. Metallic daytime bag

Whether you’re seeing the sights or heading to the beach, a crossbody bag ticks all the boxes. Easy to carry and a hands-free hero, the Simen bags have a double pockets design for your sunnies and swimsuit, and extra space for day-trip essentials. Super-versatile, with a shoulder strap for multiple wearing options, it makes juggling ice cream and travel guides a breeze.

Sightseeing in style

Planning a day of tourist treats and historic landmarks? Fuss-free dressing is key for keeping cool and comfy. An easy all-in-one with some work-hard-play-hard accessories will last the distance and have you outshining the scenery.

1. Metallic sandals

Bring a magpie moment to your getaway look with some gold sandals. A lightweight design can be slipped into your bag to add a little daytime glamour once you’re done seeing the sights. Pick a flatbed sole with secure slingback straps so you can weekend in comfort.

2. Printed midis

Versatile and stylish, a midi dress is your one-and-done day-trip outfit and a multi-tasking mini-break marvel. Paired with trainers for walking or sandals for cocktails, it will take you from day to night and save space in your luggage to boot.

3. Shady lady

Soak up the sights through a pair of sunglasses, protecting your eyes from the (hopefully) sunny weather. Keep them in easy reach on a stylish sunglasses chain for a fun addition to your getaway glam.

Road-trip ready looks

From jet-setting off on a quick flight to bracing yourself for a long car journey, travel outfits can be practical without being boring. Pair up the right combinations and you'll be comfy without compromising on style.

1. Travel trousers

Super-soft and easy to dress up or down, corduroy trousers are a wardrobe wonder. Wide-leg cuts are a comfortable and versatile option for both travelling and day-tripping, and the handy pockets make it easy to keep your must-haves within reach. Slip on a shiny belt to give a casual look a touch of sparkle.

2. A classic blouse

Easy to mix and match with skirts and trousers, a simple blouse will bring your weekend wardrobe together. Pick from a seasonal floral or a classic neutral in a lightweight fabric that packs easily and saves on space.

3. Handy hydration

Keeping your water bottle close by is always handy when you’re out and about. This clever design has elasticated straps to hold your bottle, with a detachable crossbody strap so you can keep your hands free. Woven in a leopard print pattern with a metallic gold finish, adjust the strap as needed to wear on-the-go.

Evening glam

With a little bit of savvy packing, you won’t be short on evening outfits. Stick with your mix-and-match mantra to give yourself a versatile option that can be up-styled with accessories for a chilled local meal or night on the dance floor.

1. Mix-and-match earrings

Don’t fancy wearing the same jewellery for the entire trip? Pack an earring set so you can mix up your studs from one outfit to the next. This set pairs a freshwater pearl with a blue amazonite stone and gold-plated finish.

2. Mini dress, maximum impact

A bright mini dress is a weekend getaway win. Simple to style, it looks great paired with statement jewellery and chunky boots for a night out, layered with your trusty denim jacket. And if you’re short on space, pack a style that goes with trainers so it can double up as daywear.

3. A multi-tasking scarf

A lightweight scarf is a mini-break must, acting as an extra layer for chilly evenings, a handy hair tie for windy days or sweaty dance floors, or even a stylish neckerchief for an outfit upgrade. Compact, chic and easy to slip in your bag, choose a colourful print or subtle stripe to complement your capsule wardrobe.