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FLANNELS Five: Weekend Away Packing Essentials

FLANNELS Five: Weekend Away Packing Essentials

With the arrival of British Summer Time comes the knowledge that spring has arrived – with a capital A. The clocks go forward, the evenings are seemingly infinitely longer and the urge to make the most of the upcoming long weekends is strong. Whether you’re planning a city escape on the continent, a staycation in the English countryside or a romantic beach getaway for two, the issue of packing remains. A weekend away quite often means limiting yourself to hand luggage, which can pose a challenge for some. But never fear – we’ve pulled together a handy list of springtime packing essentials which holds true for almost any short-haul destination we can think of. Here’s what to take for a long weekend away.

MCM black leather monogrammed weekend travel bag


Every holiday starts with a suitcase, or a weekender in the case of a weekend away – the clue’s in the name. Travel in style with MCM’s luxe leather travel bag. With just enough room for all of your essentials, you won’t have the opportunity to weigh yourself down with unnecessary items or inadvertently over-do it at check-in. Plus, it eradicates the issue of navigating cobblestones in a new city with a wheelie case. Crisis averted.

Saint Laurent Mexican printed party short sleeved shirt


The art of weekend packing relies on forward-planning and the versatility of the pieces you take. This snazzy Saint Laurent shirt with a boho/rock ‘n’ roll print is casual enough for a daytime trip to the seaside in shorts, but can be dressed up with smart jeans or chinos come evening.

Light denim wash Valentino denim jacket with white painted Valentino Go logo


It may be spring, and you may be in the Med, but the evenings are often still a little bit chilly. With this in mind you’ll find a denim jacket on every one the FLANNELS team’s packing lists. Wear it on the plane and then sling it roguishly over your shoulders for six o’clock Aperols (or beers) in the sun.

 Gucci black round frame sunglasses


The devil is in the details, and you’ll rue the day you forget your shades on a (hopefully) sunny weekend away in spring. It may be snowing in Scotland, but summer has arrived elsewhere in the world and these Gucci round frame sunglasses are the ultimate in cool eyewear protection.

Saint Laurent Travis low top trainers


Along with a pair of sliders, which you can easily pack in your carry-on case, the only other shoes you’re likely to need is a pair of trainers. Whether you’re pounding pavements on a sightseeing mission or mincing about from restaurant to bar, these Saint Laurent low tops are stylish enough for any (non-stressful) occasion your weekend away is likely to throw at you.

With special thanks to The Henrietta Hotel