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Preparing for a mini break

Thursday, 19th April, 2018 9:46am

I’m currently trying to be the ultimate multitasker, and be super prepared, as I try and write this column while packing for my trip to Budapest on Sunday. To say I am excited is an understatement and I have been constantly checking to see what the weather will be like for our mini break.

I’m happy to report it’s sunny skies all the way and 22-24 degrees, but now I have another dilemma. What does that kind of weather feel like?

I’m going full on summer and intend to pack as if I’m going to the Bahamas, but when I suggested to Rob that he bring some shorts, he thought I was gone mad. He doesn’t think it’s that hot but really I’m convinced it will feel tropical to us.

So now I’m imagining our group floating around the city in our flimsiest of summer wares while the locals are still reasonably wrapped up. I will only accept a light jacket as the maximum layer allowed.

Of course in true pre-holiday style, I am currently battling a head cold while having a million jobs to do before I can sit back and relax on the flight. It’s like the universe and your body know you’ll be taking some time off so they like to truly test you beforehand. So this week, I will be mostly hitting the hot lemons hard and trying to get some early nights.

While of course I’m overjoyed to be getting away, one of the main reasons for my excitement is to finally be able to wear all the summery bits and bobs I’ve got waiting for the opportunity to be worn. As always, when you’re only bringing hand luggage, you’ve got to be prepared so I’ve made my list and I will be methodically ticking each item off my packing list.

I’m still undecided on my travel outfit, but I’ll probably wear the very light wash mom jeans I bought in Penney’s recently and I loved them so much I went back and bought a second pair. I find it hard to find a mom jean that suits me, so when this pair worked, I knew I had to have a back up.

Jeans are also a good option as we are flying out super early so I want to be somewhat snug heading to the airport. It’s also handy as I’ll wear the jeans coming back with a different top and I’ll save room in my case too.

While I’m over there, I’ve pretty much stuck to dresses and jumpsuits, which I always find are the easiest things to pack. I’ve got some really light midi dresses for daytime, including a current favourite of mine and almost full length red and white striped shirt dress. It was probably meant to be midi on a taller person, but I kind of like the longer length and I’ll wear most of my daytime looks with a pair of white trainers complete with silver stars, that I got in Next.

I absolutely hate bringing too many shoes on holidays with me as I know that I always end up wearing one or two favourite ones, so I’ll bring a pair of woven plimsolls and a red midi heel for night time which don’t take up much room at all and then footwear is completely covered.

For night time it’s a few easy to wear jumpsuits with a low block heel and I’ll also pack a few statement earrings to jazz it up. Then all there’s left to do is pack my passport and boarding pass which really are the main packing essentials!

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