What to pack? Travel Essentials

What to pack? Travel Essentials

Oh the fine art of packing light. It’s an art!
I have just returned from a gorgeous weekend away and as with any travelling adventure you want to pack to make the trip pleasant, comfortable and enjoyable.

I read a blog post by Untitled today and this inspired me to tell you how I came to pack, quite successfully, for my weekend away.

1. The notebook list.
I write everything and anything in one notebook. I do this because then I have everything with me. Its one of my handbag essentials; my notebook. This one in fact.


2. The packing ‘area’
I asked my lovely boyfriend to retrieve the suitcase from the loft about a week and a bit before so that when I came across things, I could bundle them into the bag. Its as much of a reminder as anything, to keep me focused that I need to prepare for going away.

TIP: The frequent traveller
The tricky thing with packing is that a lot of the stuff you need to pack is stuff you need everyday. One tip for frequent travellers (I used to travel back and forth to my boyfriends when we didn’t live together) is to have doubles. This is easier to do with the less expensive items such as toothbrushes I know but if you do all the fiddly bits and have a travelling towel, toothbrush, toiletries bag with minis and pyjamas it means the only things left to pack are the outfits and make-up – even then you can have a mini make-up bag. Double up on the staples and then just add your favourite eye-shadow set and lipstick to make your make-up zing!

3. Break it down
I break the trip into sections and plan each part. So for example we were going away for four days so I packed like so:
3 sets of underwear
4 pairs of socks (I’d never need them all but its good to have a variety in case.
1 pair of tights.
1 set of pyjamas for the whole weekend.
1 warm and comfy zip up jumper to wear over anything but mainly for snuggling in if its really cold.
1 set of thick woolen non-slip socks plus my booty slippers.
1 coat – my parka plus gloves and a faux-fur headband. Big pockets and hooded to protect me against the wind and rain.
1 pair of boots and 1 pair of slip on pumps.
I wore my standard jewellery and took a couple of additional items (a sparkly necklace and a bracelet) to put with all my outfits.

Then it was a case of outfits which I worked out per day:
Friday – comfy but smart travelling outfit plus car pillow and blanket, water bottle and journey snacks.
I wore my Mint Velvet leggings, a floaty dress from a small boutique and a cardigan plus a scarf I bought in the local market. Comfortable but presentable and when we arrived I could just wear the same outfit for the evening. I will add in a picture later to show you.
Saturday – day out. We were going to Longleat Safari park so I planned a warm, comfortable outfit to include my leggings again with a high waisted skirt and tank top from Primark with a cardigan and the same boots.
Sunday – day out take two. I planned another warm but comfortable outfit based around my tie die effect trousers with a light blue tank top and a cardigan plus a scarf.
Monday –didn’t specifically plan an outfit for this day but I plopped in another couple of basic clothing items as I was sure I would wear my leggings again so i just needed a couple of top choices and I could wear this with any of the cardigans I had packed.

4. Other
I then packed all my other things:
Glasses and sunglasses
Ipad and charger
Phone charger
My trusty Nikon d3200
My handbag plus a smaller carry around bag for days out.

As it was the valentines weekend, we planned to have a celebratory meal so we dressed the table so I packed some candles, heart shaped balloons, a lighter and the gifts. We were playing a game so we all contributed some funny valentine related gifts to the middle of the table, and we each took it in turns to roll the dice. If we got a six we got to pick out a present. Once all the presents were distributed a timer was set and we rolled the dice again, if we got a six we would ‘steal’ from someone else. It was really fun and this meant that we all got a chance to get more gifts!

I made the valentines dessert and here is the only remaining evidence as everybody loved it!

Which one would you pick?
Strawberries taste even better when heart shaped



Win at Life; Top Tips

Win at Life; Top Tips

Hello to you, sweet.

As you may know by now, I love organising and sorting things. There is always so much to organise and a plethora of ways in which to do so. Seems like a rather mad thing to do really, spending your life shuffling things and putting them into various boxes/files/containers and re-aligning your wardrobe to meet your needs. Certainly (generalizing a bit here) male minds would say “have less stuff, then there’s less to organise”. Nice try guys. Its a simple concept however not a concept (again generalizing) most women will take you up on.

So why do we do it to ourselves? Well because we are intelligent beings and have become accustomed to material things. Nice things. Big things. Things that require stacks of paperwork. In order to manage these, we develop methods and take on more stuff to help us help ourselves manage. It is madness really.

Well anyway, I like to think that I am good at finding happy mediums. I completely agree with the statement that ‘less is more’; this is something I have learnt from my Mum who has shown me the way many a time.

So I want to share some top tips to win at life:

Always save at least 10% of anything you earn.
One of the best ways to do this is set up a direct debit. Saving can be boring but you honestly don’t miss it as it’s gone before you even get a chance to spend it. Forget about this money, you will be surprised at how quickly it grows and don’t be tempted to dip into it. Ideally have a goal or two to save towards.

Save another 10% of your earnings into a style account.
If you are serious about your wardrobe, saving 10% into a separate bank account will allow you to spend money on your wardrobe when you find things you love but wouldn’t normally buy. It’s worth it. A separate account with its own debit card is key.

Buy things when you see them and buy better quality over quantity.
This may require a certain amount of self-control. When you see items that make you swoon and that really, really suit you (and if you have the money in your newly set up ‘style account’) buy it! 🙂 We all fall into the trap all too often of buying cheaper items that ‘will do’ because ‘its a good price’ and then either… never wearing them/buying duplicates/wearing boring outfits. Our outfits should reflect something about us and I think there’s room for people to have lots of fun here and enjoy the process of putting an outfit together. So flamboyant coats, pretty dresses, colourful shoes. Whatever they might be, buy them. One off pieces are important. Check out charity shops, look for quality items, natural fabrics like cotton, silk, cashmere and wool. Don’t get me wrong, good quality does not have to mean expensive. Plus sometimes its good to have a couple of cheap t-shirts and things in your wardrobe.. to paint the house and do dirty work in! Otherwise go dress up and have fun!

Here are some of my outfits and styles that I have enjoyed and not all of them have been expensive or cheap:


Buy a filing cabinet – you will not regret it.
Papers pile up around you and you have no idea where you put that really important document. Get a filing cabinet and name each folder and file papers in each file when they pop through the post or you print an important email. There are lots of options when it comes to buying filing cabinets. My personal favourites:
Bisley Cabinets
They come in all sorts of sizes and colours and you can even grab a pretty vintage model if you look carefully.
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Vintage filing cabinets. Beautiful yet practical!
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If you feel creative you can even use other furniture.
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Now I mention this here because it’s important to keep a multitude of files and one of those files should be a receipts folder. Store all those receipts, for clothes, expensive or electrical items. You never know which ones you will need to refer to.

One thing I am planning to do, and want to do even more now, is to sort my wardrobe and photograph various outfits to create a folder of ideas for future reference. It will help me get better at dressing myself too and will show me the gaps of which I need to buy things to complete outfits.

I will blog about this process and let you know how I get on and share my tips and the ‘how to’ when sort clothes and building outfits. Plus I have a great idea for what to do with those clothes that don’t make the cut.

This honestly makes me so excited.

Love from,
The Organisation “Freak”