Let’s go for a drive! Continuing the pack like a pro series, how to pack for a long weekend in one bag.
I Went on a road trip over the Australia Day long weekend and apparently wore the same jeans the whole time!
Okay, that is not entirely true. I definitely packed a dress and my yoga gear. But for the most part, I realised that one pair of jeans got me through most of the weekend.
So this post is essentially my mini journal of a long weekend spent in Margaret River packed into an overnight bag.
HOW TO PACK LIKE A PRO
A few weeks ago, our friendship group headed down south to the Margaret River region for one of our annual road trips. Each time we stay in a different location, booking up a large house that will accommodate all eleven of us. This time around we landed on a beach stay, not that you can see any evidence of this pictured here. Though the heat of summer had been bearing down in Perth, the few hours south rendered it warm and on occasion, rainy. Thanks to this, my idea of wearing dresses and denim shorts didn’t pan out and I was thankful I’d brought my latest favourite jeans.
IF YOU PACK ONLY ONE PAIR OF JEANS, REMEMBER THIS
These jeans are from an Australian denim company ABrand and I picked them up from Glue Store while I was meant to be shopping for presents just before Christmas. They are a 90’s Mom jean style, easily dressed up or down and best of all, comfortable! If you are going to go away and only take one pair of jeans with you, make sure it is a comfortable pair!!
ACCESSORIES ARE VITAL
If you are packing jeans like me and keeping it minimal, accessories play a big part in changing your looks. Make sure you add jewellery which is light and doesn’t take up space. Bring a small scarf to tie in your hair, around your neck or onto a shoulder bag. I also pack a lightweight, versatile, large scarf that I can tie over one of my tops or layer with a jacket. In the last packing blog post, I introduced luxury affordable leisurewear brand, Sassind. On this trip, I had one of their 100% Australian Merino Wool scarves. It is a paper thin and super soft scarf that is perfect for summer or between the seasons.
Finally shoes, I always pack more shoes than I really need, but on this weekend I was happy to have a pair of dressy heels that felt right for a dinner or lunch at a nice winery. Other than this I always have my Converse on hand, and flat leather slides or sandals. These woven leather slides are also from Sassind. After I loved the first pair I’d gotten from them, I was keen to try these out. A relaxed summery tan, these have been the perfect slide to wear with jeans, dresses or shorts throughout summer.
NATURAL FIBRES ARE ESSENTIAL
For me, being comfortable and practical is important. My skin needs to be able to breathe, so year round I look for natural fibres. This is why I am always reaching for cashmere, wool silk and cotton and why I prioritise packing them too. The pink cotton-silk jumper I am wearing below? Heaven! It is the softest drapiest knit. Find it here and it comes in a bone or a black colour if you aren’t as into millenial pink as I am!
WHAT I PACKED:
JACKET: 1X BLAZER
JUMPER: 1X JUMPER
JEANS: 1X JEANS
DRESS: 1x OCCASIONAL DRESS (OPTIONAL)
SHOES: 1X WHITE SNEAKERS, 1X BOOTS or 1x SANDALS (weather depending) 1x DRESSY SHOES
ACTIVEWEAR/ SWIM: 1X LEGGINGS, 1X CROP TOP, 1X TANK, 1x SWIMWEAR (weather depending),
TOPS: 1X WHITE COTTON SHIRT, 1X STATEMENT COTTON SHIRT, 1X CAMISOLE,
ACCESSORIES: 1X SUNGLASSES, 1X SHOULDER BAG, 1X LIGHT SCARF, 1X SMALL SCARF, JEWELLERY
TIPS ON HOT SPOTS IN MARGARET RIVER
You might want to know a little bit about Margaret River. The well-known wine region is a few hours south of Perth. I have shared more of my picks of the region in this blog post here.
There are PLENTY of wineries to check out, my favourite over the last few trips has been Stormflower, an organic boutique winery. On the bigger scale, Wills Domain is still my pick of the bunch. This trip we also visited Xanadu, Watershed and Brookland Valley. I am the skipper so I have to be picky about which places I do tastings from. The beautiful roses below are at Voyager Estate which we visited just to enjoy the gardens, not being a fan of the wines. The gardens are worth a visit.
MARGARET RIVER FARMERS MARKETS
The other spot we really loved and you might have caught on my Instagram stories were the Margaret River Farmers Markets on a Saturday morning. We wandered, ate breakfast and picked up some organic bread and a massive tray of double yolker eggs. My breakfast of choice was the Conscious Craves Foods Giddy’Up gluten-free granola bowl with organic local blueberries, mango puree, banana, homemade coconut yoghurt and freshly made nut milk. I had to list all of those ingredients just to make you realise how delicious it was!!
BEACHES & BRUNCHES
There are so many beaches down this way that redefine beautiful, so I always want to explore them. This time around we only had one morning that started out cold but warmed up after breakfast enough for a swim. Staying in Gnarabup, the beach there was the perfect spot. Both the White Elephant Cafe set right on the beach front and The Secret Garden Cafe up on the hill, overlook the ocean and have excellent breakfast or brunch.
A LONG WEEKEND AWAY IN ONE BAG? YAY OR NAY?
Do you think you could pack for a long weekend in one bag? Wear the same jeans for four days in a row? Haha, if you had have asked me that even a few years ago I would have probably said no. But somehow refining what I pack and wearing things I love and rely on works for me. Though, at the same time, I love my clothes and shoes and accessories! However, there are places to dress up and there are places to just relax and not feel like you have to be all done up.
Would love to know your thoughts on this packing list!
MIDAS NAVY SUEDE LOW HEELS (ON SALE NOW ONLY $75)
FAME AND PARTNERS NAVY TOP (SIMILAR HERE)
A-BRAND JEANS (SIMILAR HERE)
LITTLE LIFFNER SATCHEL BAG
SASSIND WOVEN LEATHER SLIDES
SASSIND LIGHT SCARF
UNIQLO LINEN SHIRT
ASOS SMALL SCARF (SIMILAR HERE)
ASOS CAMISOLE (SIMILAR HERE)
SASSIND PINK JUMPER