A much anticipated weekend in the Drakensberg approaches…
Mingled with the anticipation of warmer days and the emerging blossoms colouring the landscape with the sights and scents of Spring…
The promise of a breezy bike ride, the first pedi of the season and plenty good laughs over some 30 seconds. That warm embrace of a great braai with friends, crisp wine and jaw dropping surrounds. Nothing quite like a weekend away with fabulous people to dust off the cobwebs of winter and dig out the sandals and sunscreen (okay, I realize it is still a little chilly but I’m an optimist!)
Many years of boarding school taught me the art of being a good packer. (One needed to be sure there was always enough space for goodies to replenish the tuck box!) The hardest part of packing for a weekend away when the seasons are changing is predicting the weather, I always end up packing for all seasons which leads to too much stuff I don’t need. I have given this a little thought and honed into the practical side of my brain and here is how I have planned for a 2 day trip and this is what I am taking… Spring break woo hooo!
Firstly – consider the fundamentals… how many days and how many nights are you going to be away for? Are you at the beach or in the mountains or exploring a city? How long does it take to get there (3hr drive or 3 hr flight?) will you be dining out somewhere fancy for an evening or just chilling in a cabin? Check in with the weather man to get an idea of what to expect and then write a list imaging the outfits you will be wearing. Try and put together items that can mix well with others for instance a top or blouse that you can wear with jeans or shorts so that outfits can be mixed and matched.
Dress, Jeans & Shorts
T-Shirt, Blouse & Plaid Shirt
Sweater, Hat & Sunnies
Fold over Sling bag, Trainers & Sandals
I like to travel with a tote bag with all the extras but I have a tendency to overload it with stuff I don’t need, too many books, a journal I don’t write in and somehow one too many hand creams. I am keeping it simple with the bare necessities and have opted for less time reading magazines and more time staring out the window…
In the past I have taken 3 books along in some vain hope I will read them all! Experience has taught me to tone it down, one light read will suffice, besides I will need to be spending some time brushing up on my 30 second’s skills! Don’t forget the important stuff – chargers, keys, toothbrush and bank cards (I have left this one behind before which proved a tricky trip to Cornwall; which needless to say was cut short!)
Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
Love Wrendley xxx