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What To Pack For A Weekend Away

Packing For A Weekend Away: The Essentials

Is the wait till your next summer holiday too much to bear? If so, we reckon you could be in need of a well-earned weekend away. Whether you prefer the scenic surroundings of the Lake District or the booming cityscape of the capital, a change-up of settings could work wonders for your wellbeing and, ultimately, bridge the gap between your next sun-soaked destination.

Of course, the difficulty with a short trip away is knowing how much to pack. Finding the happy medium between taking too little and taking too much is tricky to say the very least. And then there’s the dilemma of deciding what sort of things to pack. Altogether, it’s a bit of an irritating undertaking. Thankfully, we’re willing to carry the burden to help you get to where you need to be. So, kick-back and relax while you uncover our essential guide to packing for a weekend away.

A Practical & Portable Bag:
With every escape from reality, comes the bag you chose to get you there. Ideally, something spacious, functional and wholly accommodating would be the superior choice for any adventure-seeker. But, with so many on the market to choose from, it can be a bit of a minefield finding the right one. We think these generously-sized choices from Fred Perry, Barbour and Fjallraven could fall into your plans effortlessly. View our full bag collection online here.

 

Fred Perry Barrel BagBarbour Holdall Bag - Weekend AwayFjallraven Backpack

Sunglasses With Style & Substance:
Let’s face it, if you’re staying on home-turf, unpredictable weather is almost a given. So, come rain or shine, it’s best to be prepared for whatever the forecast could throw your way. If we’re wishful thinking, balmy climates would reign supreme, and with that in mind, sunglasses are a total must-have. With the obvious benefits of muting the sun’s harsh glares, the right pair of shades will instantly sign off any look.

For the sole purpose of a long weekend away, versatility is key. Choosing a simple, slick pair that will go with everything is imperative. Luxury Italian eyewear specialists Ray Ban are your go-to for achieving just this. The brand’s Meteor sunglasses in brown offer 100% UV protection while providing superlative visual clarity. For an extra dose of luxury, Moncler’s all-black wayfarers might just be your match. View our entire sunglasses range to find the right pair for you.

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Slick & Sensible Headwear:
Always a hit – caps, like sunglasses, are another great way to survive the sun. With the ability to shade you from testing temperatures while enhancing your outfit, caps are a necessity for any short break. Brands ranging from Stone Island, Norse Projects, Paul Smith, and more, have all tweaked the design to their own taste this season. Discover essential headwear styles over on our website now.

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A Wise Selection of Tops:
You can’t go wrong with a selection of t-shirts. A versatile mix of short-sleeved and long-sleeved styles will prove perfect for a plethora of occasions. Though it is important to consider your personal plans too. Are you spending your time in the great outdoors or amidst urban settings? The appropriate cut, colour and fit will make all the difference to your ensemble and overall comfort throughout your trip.

Japanese clothing label Edwin offer a double pack of two plain white tees that are ideal for throwing on at a moment’s notice. While Danish streetwear stalwart Norse Projects has you covered for casual events with its Johannes tee – a breezy, breathable option. And outdoor outfitter Patagonia supplies a long-sleeved, logo charged design for cooler climes.

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Functional Shorts:
As well as the usual trousers to chill out in, practical shorts can also be a saviour for day-to-day activity. At the top of our list are this beige pair from Patagonia, they’re crafted in a classic cargo silhouette, with a quick-drying nylon base, DWR coating and UV protective finish. Also acquiring top marks are Fjallraven’s Karl Pro shorts, made with the brand’s durable G-1000 fabric. In a similar manner to Patagonia, these shorts supply plenty of pocket space and are ideal for carrying all your essentials.

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Grooming Goodness:
Unlike travelling abroad – long weekends away in the UK don’t require you to limit your toiletry capacity. However, having everything in one place and all of travel-size helps when it comes to packing and being that extra-bit organised on the day. Much to our pleasure, the grooming experts over at L:A Bruket are on hand to deliver everything you need for that blissful break away. With a dynamic selection of everything from sunscreen to beard wash, there’s lots to get your hands on. Shop our entire grooming range here.

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Versatile Footwear: And finally, stay sturdy on your feet through new territory with a trusty pair of kicks. Although not always practical, box-fresh white sneakers are easy to pair and most-likely light on the feet. adidas Originals’ AR Trainer is tailormade to perform on ‘grass, clay and cement’ and is built with a sturdy rubber outsole underfoot. For rocky terrain, we recommend something with outstanding traction and durability. Take a look at our diverse footwear collection here.

adidas AR Trainer In WhiteSo, without further ado, start packing and ensure your ‘out of office’ status is firmly switched on!

DSquared2 Logo Swim Shorts

SS19 Swimwear: Take The Plunge

Swimwear Styles To Invest In This Season

As blazing temperatures sizzle on the horizon and the summer season officially looms, holiday planning never strays too far from the imagination. The chance to escape reality and unwind is music to the ears. Fairly soon you’ll be digging your suitcase out of storage, blowing off the cobwebs and curating endless swimwear looks. And tipping the top of your checklist? Perhaps the most indispensable item of them all, swim shorts.

If the spring summer 19 catwalks are anything to go by, short shorts are set to truly rock the scales. Lauded designers across the board held a penchant for micro-shorts this season, with the ‘thigh’s the limit’ phenomenon spilling into the menswear circuit yet again. While we understand thigh-high hemlines aren’t for everyone, taking the plunge this summer could earn you some serious sartorial stature. Generally though, the consensus from brands – from high-end to the high-street – is to not hold back. Leave the mundane mood of your 9 till 5 life behind, have some ice-cold beers at the ready and dare to stand-out.

Vibrant palettes and patterns present another opportunity to challenge your comfort zone, labels such as Dsquared2, Paul Smith and Ralph Lauren all make a commanding case for this. For example, Paul Smith’s multi-stripe swim shorts cast a rainbow of striking hues across their base. Boasting the brand’s synonymous ‘Artist’ stripe, this pair are guaranteed to get heads turning in the heat of summer. If you were after a head-to-toe look from the designer, look no further than Smith’s cross-strap sandals. With a contoured foam footbed, rubber tread outsole and colourful thread running throughout, what more could you need?

Paul Smith Swim Shorts Multi Stripe Paul Smith Sandals

If you’ve thrown good investment into your swimwear and want the world to know, DSquared2 are your match. Logo-charged and loud, the brand’s holiday offerings speak words of their own. Take these monochrome swim shorts, they’re unapologetically draped in the Italian label’s identity, while to their interior, a soft slip lining ensures they provide the most comforting wear. Channel the monochrome aesthetic from the ground up with a pair of Balmain sliders for that final seal of luxury and stability poolside.

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Sweeping the scene each and every summer, all-American label Ralph Lauren has found itself as a holy grail of swimwear for some years now. When balmy climates call the brand becomes an instant go-to, kitting out the masses with their ever-expanding range of swim shorts. Pursuing project pink this season, this vivid pair will stand the test of time in your holiday capsule, year in, year out. Crafted with a comforting mesh interior and three handy pockets, these bottoms possess as much substance as they do style. Double-up on Polo credentials with a matching pair of slides, showcased here with a padded foot strap and cushioned footbed for elevated comfort.

Ralph Lauren Swim Shorts Ralph Lauren Sliders

Opting to leave the staggering altitudes of the Alps behind, Italian label Moncler set up camp near crystal-clear waters this season. Practicing their presence in uncovered territory, the brand bring their tricolour accents to your holiday rotation. Taking the form of a classic chevron pattern, this pair of Moncler swims shorts unlock the label’s signature touch while remaining entirely practical for poolside activity. Ensuring the tricolour theme stays fluid, the brand’s matching red, white and blue sliders will sign off any look.

Moncler Swim Shorts Moncler Swimwear Moncler Sliders Navy White Red

With myriads of swimwear looks on tap, BOSS frequently master a sense of summer casual that’s earned the label some timeless kudos throughout the years. Products on offer span tees, swim shorts, bags, sandals and beach towels, all imbued with the cool and comforting mentality of BOSS. Harnessing a blue and yellow colour scheme, the brand stick to the rules this season with a completely coordinated offering. Opening with a well-fitting pair of swim shorts, this swimwear set also includes a matching drawstring bag for carrying all your essentials and a cotton-terry beach towel.

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With countless deliveries hitting our racks every week, set yourself apart from the crowd this summer with the plethora of swimwear on offer at Aphrodite. Life’s a beach until further notice. Shop our entire holiday shop here. 

Beer Cap Maps

Keep Track of Your Travels

So you have had your ‘gap year’ traveling, (gap year maybe a little modest, more like 2-3 years traveling on your overdraft, whatever was left from your student loan and propping it up by working in a bar anywhere and everywhere) but you wouldn’t change the for the world right? The memories from your time slumming it in some of the worst hostels, living it up in party capitals and chilling on the beach cant be taken away from you, not like the tan after you return back to the rain of the UK.

The clever people over at beercapmaps.com have came up with a genius way to keep track of your travels, a wooden map of your chosen country or state with precision cut holes to slot your beer caps into. Not only giving you another reason to head to the nearest bar for a few sociable drinks and to sample to local brew but this may even improve your geography knowledge. Genius!

All maps are made of 5mm thick veneered plywood which a unique grain pattern making each map one of a kind, perfect to hang on a wall.

Current countries include USA, British Isles, Canada, Mexico and Germany along with individual US states. The beer map can be ordered from Beercapmaps

Published by Sarah Kearney, Online Editor at Aphrodite Clothing