What do you pack for a weekend away?

Travel

Heading away this weekend fellas? Whether it be travelling by plane, train or car, what is guaranteed is that you’ll be stuffed for space and what it is you can take. We learnt all to well this weekend when we jetted off to Dublin.

We’re going to share a few simple things to consider when packing for a weekend away that will make it easier for you, but ultimately, keeping you looking fly.

First things first, prepare yourself by getting hold of a decent sized bag that’s also lightweight to take as carry-on. Sounds super obvious, right? But let’s face it with only 5kg–10kg (depending on which airline) you need to make sure that your bag doesn’t weigh too much before you get any of your luggage in to it.

Pick items of clothing that you can mix and match throughout the trip, there’s nothing simpler than being able to look at a few items and know that each and everyone of them can pieced together with one another. We took a versatile pair of Chelsea boots (to travel in, wear in the day and night), a Harrington jacket (day wear), a collarless jacket (smarter wear), black jeans, our Skull & Bones NY long black tee, our JCKSCRWN white printed tee and our Humbug 901 blue shirt. All of our clothes were key wardrobe essentials that are suitable for any activity..and we did quite a few of those in the varying Irish weather!

With the weather in mind, we packed a snapback and a woolly hat to keep the hair at bay in the rainy conditions…but luckily the weather was on our side! As for socks, we stuck with our trusty London Sock Co. socks and our Manly Stuff (Dublin based) watch.

Another clothes related tip is that any pants or socks should be rolled up in to your shoes, because goddammit, that is valuable space that needs to be used. Am I right? In fact roll everything up to make sure you optimise all that space…Plus it minimises the chances of your clothes getting wrinkled.

Another way to save space and weather permitting, think about wearing the heaviest or bulkiest items to layer up whilst travelling on your flight. I know for some places or certain times of the year this might be a no-no but it’s always worth doing if you can!

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When it comes to grooming products you are only allowed 100ml bottles of liquids, so a top tip from us is…head over to Toppbox, they do a one off small box of travel sized grooming products aka, a hair gel, a shower gel, an aftershave and a soap, all 100ml and under and it only costs £10! Its a personalised box too, so you’ll get he right products for your skin, hair and beard type. Top notch!

Luckily our Gruhme aftershave was a 100ml bottle, so we could get away with squeezing that it!

When packing straighteners, chargers,shavers or any other items that aren’t clothes, try spread them round the bag in gaps that aren’t being filled rather than stacking them on top of one another because it will just make it harder to pack when you return home. If you are using a rucksack, try use one with a large pocket on the front where you can pop your passport and tickets in so you can easily access them too.

The main point is stick to it! It might sound like tough love but by doing this it eliminates the desire to just keep packing bits here & there that you really don’t need. Something we’re terrible at doing, so going with just carry-on luggage encourages us to be a little bit stricter.

With a little bit of planning you can achieve a lot, choose versatile outfits for drinking, museums, tours and a lot of walking!! But most of all enjoy chaps…and DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!

If you’re heading to Dublin soon, here’s a list of the top 5 things you’ve got to try out!

  1. The International Bar’s Comedy Club
  2. The Guinness Storehouse (Museum)
  3. Several pints, lots of drinking and a sing-a-long in the Auld Dubliner
  4. The Leprechaun Experience – The Dark Side
  5. Kilmainham Gaol – Dublin’s former prison

Super Cool, Extra Hot, Ibiza, Rocks!

So this weekend marks the 20th Anniversary of Radio One in Ibiza and it seems like every guy and his scrunchy is heading there!

This weekend’s events mark the very peak of peak season, clubbers, so if you are in Ibiza on Friday the 31st of July you’re going to want tto look your best at the open air Ushuaïa Beach Hotel. 7000 will rave with DJ sets from none other than Disclosure and Calvin Harris, the event hosted by Radio 1 darling, Annie Mac…so stand out from the crowd!

Like every night, all season, in Ibiza, the party rages poolside from 17:00 until midnight over a jam packed weekend that is completely free of charge, a nightmare to consider what to wear though, right?!

All this comes as a bit of a blow knowing that only 2 weeks ago I was there, in the thick of it, partying on down on the White Isle, but maybe I can help…

If your like me, whilst I was there I wanted to look top notch, the freshest of fresh and slick, fitting in with the crowd, but managing to spin my own alternative style on what I was wearing. All this in 35+ degree heat. Which, with a bit of planning and knowing what to take can be achieved!

For those big nights that I hit Ushuaia, Amnesia and Cafe Mambo, I had 3 staple outfits that would keep me cool (in the heat), recognizable to my friends, and hopefully a fashionable guy to onlookers…all for a reasonable price. Which actually happened…I hope!

So if you’re actually interested and want to wear more than your swim shorts at these events, here goes:

Ushuaïa:

 
Grey Softmore Shorts, with long cream drawer string – TOPMAN £14 (currently in sale) // Vintage, light weight short sleeved short – Wild Clothing Nottingham £9.00 // White Ankle Sports Socks – Primark Mens – 5 pairs for £4 //  Grey, White, Peach Nike Air Max 1 – ProDirect (Great offers and discounts on Nikes) // Retro Punk Flip-Up Glasses – EasyPeasyOnlineStore Ebay £5.50

Amnesia:

 

Multi-coloured marble effect swim shorts – Primark Mens – £4.50 // Cobalt Blotch Poplin Short Sleeve Casual Shirt (worn open) – Topman £15 (currently in sale) // Nike Low Tops Dip Dye green & white – ProDirect.

Cafè Mambo:


White super skinny jeans (rolled up)- Asos Menswear £25 // *Rewear* Cobalt Blotch Poplin Short Sleeve Casual Shirt (worn open) – Topman £15 (currently in sale) // Loafer Burgundy Tassel Loafers – Topman £20 (Currently in Sale) // Snapback – SIZE £21.

Of course you want to keep your luggage as light as possible, so I re-wore a few key items in different ways.

Hopefully this little guide to where you can find a couple of things in the sale will help!

You also can’t beat a good best and short combo! ✌🏼️