Whether alone, as a couple, or with friends and family, a mini break can be a great opportunity. Mini breaks have the advantage over other holidays of being short and intense. We are more inclined to pack more in or take our relaxation “seriously” if we know we have only a limited time. Mini breaks can give you the chance to see a new city and try something new. Or they can be a quick “time out” from your daily work and life commitments to recharge the batteries. Whatever you decide to get up to, one of the keys to mini break success is to pack intelligently. With lighter luggage and a few planned outfits, you will save the time and energy you will need to make the most of your trip!
Plan Your Itinerary
Planning an itinerary is one of the most exciting parts of any trip as it builds anticipation for all that is in store. But it is also vitally relevant to your planning to know what kinds of activities you have in mind. Daily hikes and adventure in a cool climate will have quite different clothing needs from blissful relaxation on a beach. Think carefully about what you are likely to do and pack accordingly. An awareness of the area’s climate is always helpful so you can decide what jackets or coats may be necessary too. One or two casual day time outfits and one or two more formal or dressy evening outfits should be perfect for most trips. Throw in a pair of sneakers or sandals, and one pair of heels and you’re good to go!
Accessorise Your Outfits
If you have packed basics in neutral colours, your accessories could be key in changing your look from day to night and adding some personality. A pop of colour in a bag or piece of jewellery can be a great addition. Sometimes, simply changing your earrings and adding a clutch bag can be enough to lift a day time outfit. You won’t even have to get changed!Be selective, but a few accessorize can personalize your look. Add extras like collar extenders, safety pins, and body tape in case disaster strikes or something is tighter than you remembered!
Lay Out Your Choices Together
Once you have a vague idea of the outfits you’re intending to take, lay them alongside one another. Can certain items double up for both day and evening? Does everything go together and could be mixed and matched if you had a change of heart? Will you be warm enough or cool enough with these items? It can be difficult to assess the success of your packing if you’re just looking at items in isolation. Arranging them together will give you a far better overview of whether you have packed too much, too little, or the right amount. It will also give you a good idea of whether your selections are lacking formal items, informal items, warm items and so on. Solid or neutral colours are always a packing staple for the fact that they go with everything.