10 Weekend Getaway Travel Essentials

Weekend Getaway Essentials

 

Firstly, I want to begin this post by saying that I had it all typed up and ready to be published, but I then pressed an unknown button and the whole thing disappeared without saving. Needless to say, it’s been a stressful morning. So, I am hoping version number 2 will read just as good as what I had planned initially!

 

What I wanted to tell you was that I am going away with friends this weekend for a bachelorette party and as I started to write my list of what to pack (something I’ve done since I was a kid), I thought I would make a post on my essential items.

So, without anymore ado, here are 10 packing essentials for your next weekend away:

 

Medication

An important lesson I have learned over the years is that if you think you may need a certain medication, you should take it with you. Just because you’re only going somewhere for the weekend, doesn’t mean you won’t need the medications you usually take. Skipping your usual medications won’t do your body any good in the long run. Pack what you need in a zip-lock bag, along with your band-aids (see below) so that they are all together in one spot. In the same vein as medications, I usually some multivitamins or Berocca to give me energy for the weekend.

 

Spare Underwear

I don’t think I need to go into too much detail with this one. But, as women, accidents can occur and spare underwear is always good to have packed just incase. Also, if in the event you and your friends are feeling extra adventurous and decide to stay another night, you’ve got an extra pair of undies at your disposal! Better than washing an old pair in a bathroom sink (although, that works too!).

 

Band-Aids

You will regret not packing them when you get back to your hotel after a night out wearing those new heels you bought. No band-aids usually means blisters. Also, it’s just really safe to have some on hand incase you or a friend gets a cut or scrape.

 

Ear Plugs

If you ever went to a sleepover as a teen and lied awake in your sleeping bag all night because of the unfamiliar noises surrounding you, earplugs are the way to go. They’re cheap and you can buy them in different thicknesses, depending on the level of silence you’re comfortable with at night. Sharing a room with a friend, or being away from the usual comforts of home makes it hard to sleep sometimes, it’s best if you drown things out so you can have a good night’s sleep.

 

Music

Load up your iPod with all your favourite tunes and connect it to the car as your journey starts. The amount of roadtrips I’ve been on where the first half hour was spent finding a radio station to listen to, or trying to connect someone’s phone to listen to music through the car is one too many. Create a playlist the night before with some classics (90s pop is a fave amongst my friends!) so you’re ready to press play as soon as the engine starts.

 

Cardigan/Jacket

Because we all have that one friend who always forgets to bring a jacket or cardigan on holidays…okay, I am that friend. But I have learned my lesson! No matter how hot the weather forecast says it will be, there are no guarantees!

 

Hair Ties/Clips

I have come to the conclusion that hair ties and hair clips are magical because they constantly seem to disappear into thin air. No matter where I go, I always pack a spare hair tie and some clips in the zipper of my handbag or in my clutch for a night out. You just never know how windy it’s going to get, or how sweaty your face will be after a big night out.

 

Eye Cream

You may have only slept 2 hours last night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t trick your under-eyes into thinking it was actually 8. Gel eye creams work wonders for tired eyes, and help brighten dark circles.

 

Socks

Because it’s winter here in Australia, socks is one of the first items that goes on my list. For the evenings back at your hotel, watching movies with your mates, socks keep your tootsies warm and protect them from getting dirty on hotel floors. They’re also great to pop on if you’re feeling cold!

 

Camera

Perhaps this isn’t as important now that most phones can take high-quality snaps, but it’s still fun to experiment with digital cameras or even polaroid cameras (they’re back in a big way, incase you missed it) and capture moments to last a lifetime. Something fun you could do is print your photos and give copies to your friends at Christmas time as a thoughtful, memory-filled gift.

 

Take lots of photos, stay safe and enjoy every minute of your trip. The older we get, the less we usually get to travel with friends, so make the most of it!

I would love to know what your essential travel items are! Comment below!

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Top 5 Movies For A Rainy Day

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The weather is getting chilly and the days are becoming drizzly with rain. On a weekend like this, with no plans set, what better thing would there be to do than have a movie day?

Here are 5 movies I love watching on any kind of day, but they definitely fit perfectly with a dreary day.

Singin’ In The Rain (1953)

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Why You Should Watch It: Well, the title of this movie does fit with the theme, here! Also, what’s a movie marathon day without some kind of classic/musical combination? This movie is one of my all-time faves and with it being over 60 years old, it definitely has stood the test of time!

 

Jerry Maguire (1996)

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Why You Should Watch It: Younger Tom Cruise pre couch-jump, smooching Renee Zellweger and sharing scenes with the adorable kid from Stuart Little? I’m here for it. This movie is the perfect blend of comedy/drama and it has a killer soundtrack (just like all over movies directed by Cameron Crowe).

 

Reality Bites (1994)

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Why You Should Watch It: I feel like anyone in their twenties who isn’t 100% sure about what they are doing with their life will appreciate this film. Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke ooze chemistry and each character is so relatable, regardless of the fact that this movie is over 20 years old. Goes to show that times can change but emotions never do.

 

Beauty and the Beast (1994)

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Why You Should Watch It: Disney. Isn’t that all the convincing you need? I am a huge Disney movie fan, and there are so many other movies I could have also chosen for this list. This is my personal favourite. The songs are broadway-level perfect and as an adult, I now realise how dark/dramatic this film is. A perfect movie to watch and forget about your age/responsibilties, even if only for a few hours.

 

Bridesmaids (2011)

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Why You Should Watch It: I have watched this movie with women and men of all ages and everyone has laughed so hard that we were disappointed when the movie ended. It’s THAT funny. A modern classic comedy which is smart, relatable and just plain hilarious. I feel like women don’t have many comedies which are centred around female friendships rather than romance. I love that this movie kickstarted a new wave of female-centred comedies.

What are your top movies for a rainy day movie marathon? Leave a comment below with your recommendations!

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Met Gala 2016 – my top 10 fashion favourites

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Another year, another display of our favourite celebrities coming together in in beautiful New York City to show off the finest designer fashion creations at the Met Gala (an annual fundraiser benefiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute).

The evening marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit, with each year honouring a different theme. This year’s theme? “Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology“.

Naturally, as you may imagine, there was a lot of silver on the Met Gala red carpet this year. Metallics, silver and everything robotic-chic was the rage.

As a fashion fan myself, I wanted to share with you all a few of my favourite looks from this year’s Met Gala…

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Claire Danes in Zac Posen.

Claire Danes in Zac Posen.

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock)

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen.
(Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock)

Blake Lively in Burberry. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Blake Lively in Burberry.
(Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Jourdan Dunn in Balmain. (Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

Jourdan Dunn in Balmain.
(Photo by David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock)

Karl Kloss in Brandon Maxwell. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock)

Karl Kloss in Brandon Maxwell.
(Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock)

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger & Zayn in Versace. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Gigi Hadid in Tommy Hilfiger & Zayn in Versace.
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock)

Karolina Kurkova in Marchesa.
(Photo by Andrew H. Walker/REX/Shutterstock)

Alison Williams in Peter Pilot.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Alison Williams in Peter Pilot.
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Zendaya in Michael Kors. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Zendaya in Michael Kors.
(Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

Poppy Delevingne in Marchesa.
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)

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Who were your fashion faves or fails for this year’s event? Make sure to comment and let me know!