Packing for a long weekend away

Today I’m flying off to Canberra, for a bit of a long weekend as my little sister is turning 21! For any trip, long or short, I have a wee habit of listing all the items I’d like to take with me, and cutting it down to the bare minimum. As my trip is only for three days, I’ve opted to take a small carry on rather than lugging about a bulky suitcase, meaning that I’m quite limited to what I can bring with me. Considering that I’m also still doing the thirty x thirty challenge, my wardrobe options are also rather limited.

In addition to a decent sized carry on, I’ve also opted to take a large handbag, with a smaller handbag for going out in the evening tucked away inside. This gives me a little more more room for packing, and while I’m not planning on doing any shopping, that extra room never hurts, even if it is just for snacks!

As with packing for a longer holiday, I can’t help but choose pieces which will work together easily, giving me a simple palette of cream, navy and black – while arguably “boring” is equally timeless. And while my sister assures me that it is hot enough to wear shorts, I find that weather is often more unpredictable than you would expect, so I’ve also made sure that I won’t be caught out should it get cold (as well as packing tights – of course).

While I would have liked to have taken one more pair of shoes with me, considering how much space they take up, I limited myself to two pairs, one pair of flats, and a pair of heels, allowing me to easily go from day to night. I’m also taking along my iPad so that when I have downtime I can read (currently on book 4 of the Game of Thrones series), as well as my camera to take some happy snaps.

Guess it’s almost about time to get on that flight, happy weekend!


  1. Vulette October 11, 2012 / 9:17 pm

    GAME OF THRONES! I just finished Dance with Dragons and I can’t stop thinking about it! Can’t wait for the next one, not to mention the next series! None of my friends have read them so excuse my extreme enthusiasm for you mentioning the book 🙂

    Also, have fun in Canberra! I’ve never been. I definitely feel like a holiday you lucky thing!

  2. Nina October 11, 2012 / 10:44 pm

    Have a great time in Canberra! Your packing and planning skills always amaze me x

  3. Mary October 12, 2012 / 12:35 am

    Ahhh have a wonderful weekend! It sounds like you’re all set and ready for anything.
    And yesss how good is Game of Thrones? I stopped reading Dance with Dragons 1/4 of the way through – maybe it’s time to pick it up again x

  4. steph October 12, 2012 / 1:01 am

    hope you have the best time 😉 i usually go a little crazy with shoes when it’s just the weekend away..

  5. Liz October 11, 2012 / 5:05 pm

    Packing is such a difficult task in my opinion. The items that you put together looks perfect~ Basic pieces that can go with lots of different outfits can never go wrong. Happy birthday to your little sister ^-^


  6. Amber October 11, 2012 / 6:19 pm

    Ooh are those a shorter version of the Alexander Wang boots? I love those! The cut away heel is so fun. I’ve been wanting them…

    The white skirt is perfection.

  7. Vanisha @ Vanisha's Life in...Australia October 11, 2012 / 8:28 pm

    Have a great weekend! I’m in Canberra so if you feel like a blogger meet up with some Canberran bloggers let me know and we can try to do something 🙂 xoxox

  8. Marta October 11, 2012 / 9:28 pm

    Hi Jamie, I found you through Marlene’s blog and I love your style. Two of my favorite designers are Helmut Lang and Alexnader Wang and you wear their items to perfection ! xx

  9. rachel October 12, 2012 / 12:26 am

    great picks! they’ll work really well together 🙂 sydney and melbourne have been freezing lately so I don’t know if canberra will be very warm but fingers crossed! looks like you’ll be covered either way 🙂 xx

  10. Jessie October 12, 2012 / 4:19 am

    Enjoy Australia, hope you guys don’t get hit by the crazy storm! Nice packing ha x

    • jamie-lee October 16, 2012 / 5:41 am

      I was lucky – it was a little cold getting into Sydney but Canberra was relatively warm. I seemed to have shocked my family, my sister when she picked me up asked me where my bags were LOL

  11. Nikki October 12, 2012 / 6:00 am

    Hope you have an awesome weekend!! I love the little boots:) xx

  12. Miranda October 12, 2012 / 5:38 pm

    Packing is soo difficult! However, you seem to have it down to a science 😉


  13. katya October 12, 2012 / 2:42 pm

    very nice this selection!

  14. Ashleigh October 16, 2012 / 1:14 am

    Ahhh, this selection is basically perfect! We have such a similar taste in clothes, which makes for wonderful blog reading on my behalf 😉 xo

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