I love autumn. That’s no secret if you follow me on Instagram, but it may come as a shock if you have followed my journey chasing the sun for the last few years. I love the sunshine too, and I’m not one for winter breaks where you have to spend two hours wrapping yourself up before you leave the house.
But autumn…….it’s perfect. I love the fresh cold walks and minimal rain (I live in London, which is pretty dry.) I love cosy nights in and colourful leaves on the ground. I love fireworks and the build up to Christmas. But when I was invited to Scotland with Visit Scotland to celebrate the upcoming release of Outlander Season Two, I did worry a touch when I was warned Scotland has ‘four seasons in a day.’
What the hell do you pack when you are a light packing fanatic? As with every trip, I have a pretty solid packing process, and I pride myself on almost always getting it right….well, sort of. These are the steps I follow before I start packing for a trip.
If you want to use my patented (okay, not patented) packing system, head down to the bottom of this post for a nice printable PDF.
I start with taking a critical eye to what I’m actually doing on the trip. What activities will I be getting up to? I then break things down into a day-by-day plan: Monday = trekking, then dinner, for example.
Once you’ve populated your activities by day (paying attention to things like whether you need to be dressed up for an event or any activities requiring specific gear) you can start thinking of outfit ideas.
I recommend planning your outfits by day because then you know you’re covered for every activity and it takes the guesswork out of things when you’re actually on holiday. But it’s also important to ensure you aren’t taking a whole new outfit for every activity — you need to mix and match.
So, pull together a few ideas and try them all on until you’re happy with the combinations. I have a capsule wardrobe, and only have a few colours (all of which match the other) so it is a lot easier for me than some people, but it’s totally possible to use this method for everyone!
Once you’re happy with your various combinations, it’s time to get packing. I roll, as opposed to folding and I always use packing cubes. I honestly don’t know how people cope without them!
I mostly travel with my Karrimor backpack, but I decided to take a weekend bag this time instead. Mostly because it was more of a working trip, so I wanted to be a little smarter than my usual style! I took an ancient (but hardy) bag I picked up in an Accessorize sale circa 2006…..but this one is similar in size > http://bit.ly/2eiilZU
Toiletries are a little trickier as it totally depends on what type of person you are. Some prefer to take stacks, others are super low maintenance.
I have a pretty rigid skincare routine, but I’m happy to keep my makeup fairly minimal and I don’t need to wash my hair much at all, so I probably fall between the two. If you want to get your toiletry packing routine down, I’d have a look at one of the posts I’ve written about it.
So, let’s put my money where my mouth is and share my packing list for a weekend in Scotland.
Three – Friday – Sunday
Dinner at Michelin starred restaurants / Walking in various conditions / Whisky tasting
Day: Black Dress, Beige Mac, Leggings, Denim Shirt, Biker Boots & Tartan Scarf
Eve: As above
Day: Check Shirt, Black Short-Sleeved Top, Leggings, Biker Boots & Tartan Scarf
Eve: Tea Dress, Leggings & Ballet Pumps
Day: Denim Shirt, Black Long Sleeved Top , Beige Mac, Leggings, Biker Boots & Tartan Scarf
- Denim shirt
- Check shirt
- Black short-sleeved top
- Black long-sleeved top
- Tea dress
- Black shift dress
- Beige mac
Shoes & Accessories
- Black biker boots
- Cream ballet pumps
- Tan satchel
- Tartan scarf
- Gold necklace
- 2 x Bra (black and sports)
- 5 x Knickers
All less than 100ml or decanted
- Mini deodorant
- Vichy Normaderm night detox
- Clinique Moisture Surge moisturiser
- Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm
- Tangle Teezer
- Hair elastics and kirby grips
- Bare Minerals SPF15 Original Foundation
- NYX undereye concealer
- Mini Clinique High Impact Mascara
- Eyeko Black Liquid Eyeliner
- My Little Paris Lip & Cheek Stain
- Lucas Pawpaw ointment (a fab dupe for 8-hr Cream)
- Sleek pallet (blush, highlight, bronze)
- 2 x brushes (blush/contour & buffing)
- DSLR + charger
- MacBook Air + charger
- iPhone + charger, and portable charger
If you want a little help packing for your next trip, sign up below and I’ll send you a lovely printable PDF.
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British Airways launched direct flights from Heathrow to Inverness earlier this year, with fares starting from £76 return.
Outlander: Season Two is out on Blu-ray & DVD 31st October