Woo! We are off on a mini break soon, staying in Southport and checking out a few popular caves in the area. One thing I really wanted to do was visit more places state side and be a decent local tourist. My last long weekend away was on the East Coast, so this time we are heading south to Dover.
Here’s what I’m packing for the 3 day, 2 night stay
Now, not all of these items are from my current summer wardrobe. I don’t restrict myself when it comes to making travel wardrobes and will shop my closet to make up the best capsule that I can for the location and climate that we are going to. It’s just common sense. I’ve noted the items that I’ve pulled from storage by an asterisk.
Summer jumper* // I still like to keep a jumper with me even though it’s not winter yet, but one in cotton rather than wool. I find cotton has little insulating power during winter, but in summer it’s great at keeping the forest chill away without completely overheating you.
Short sleeve tee // need I explain more? This one is lovely and soft in a slub texture, which means the fabric has heft but is still nice and breezy.
Chino shorts* // while I took my silk pair up to Mount Field for the day at Christmas, it was deliciously hot so the silk came in handy at keeping me cool. This time I wanted something a little more robust because we’ll be in cooler, cavernous areas.
Cropped chinos // I wanted a pair of long pants that weren’t jeans, and cotton chinos seemed a great compromise – stretchy, fairly lightweight, and durable. Since we are a temperate climate and don’t have to battle humidity, wearing longs in summer is doable. However denim can overheat in our harsh sun, so chinos seemed the best option.
Chambray shirt // again, I didn’t want to bring along a woolly cardigan as a cover up, and thought that chambray would be a great alternative. The weave of the shirt is dense enough to ward off any forest chill, but the cotton is still breathable and hardy enough to endure sweat if we get hit with a warm patch.
Tank top // are you starting to see a fabric trend? I just adore this tank – it’s cut slightly racer back, which leaves my shoulders nice and free but also compliments my more muscular uppers. Bonus, the swingy abdomen means no one needs to see the outline of my gut.
Raincoat // this is a new purchase recently because I have been searching for nearly 2 years for a rain coat (with hood) of longer length that was made from waxed canvas rather than synthetics like polyester. I find synthetics stink if they are not aired properly, and can take a while to dry. The outer shell on this one is waxed canvas, meaning it is still breathable but is also water repellent; the inside lining is flannel and will keep me toasty if the weather really packs it in (a shorter and lined version here).
Activities: simple bush walks, exploring caves (Hastings and Mysterious, to be specific), hopefully catching sight of wildlife, and eating
Accommodation: a gorgeous self contained cottage located in the forest (find it here)
Weather: a little bit showery, mild nights (11-12), potentially warm days (19-25), but the winds may be a bit cool
For the first time I am also packing lounge clothes for the downtimes when we are just hanging out. On the off chance that the nights will be quite nippy and fresh, I have packed a cashmere cardigan to loll about in, along with a pair of trusty sweat pants. Sweats don’t judge waistlines, and cashmere makes you feel like you’re wrapped in a never ending blanket.
All in all, this travel capsule is made up of lots of really light layers to better accommodate the weather and environments we’ll be exploring. I’m only bringing one pair of walking shoes with me since we’ll probably bring our own food to the cottage to prepare and eat, pyjamas and toiletries of course, and everything I need for the day time activities will be nicely bundled up in my trusty Everlane backpack, which has become my activity bag of choice recently.