It’s here, sportsfans! My extended long weekend to Melbourne to see Pentatonix and catch up with friends has finally arrived. Here’s what I’m taking with me in a carry on, for my 4 day 3 night stay.
This trip is about being with friends and experiencing the city they live in on ground level. Oh, and eating. Can’t forget the eating. It’s Melbourne after all.
My main concern is comfort when I’m out and about, so that means clothes that layer well and shoes that won’t leave me crippled and hobbling. I’ve heard Melbourne experiences the ‘four seasons in one day’ phenomena too, but considering I’m aiming to wander within limited areas than charge around the city ticking off tourist attractions, I’m not too bothered about potentially getting caught in the elements (although apparently on Friday a storm is due).
Altogether I’ve got four tops, three bottoms, two pairs of shoes, one jacket, and a few accessories.
Button up linen shirt: You can’t go wrong with a button up in whatever colour, cut or style you want. They can be dressed up or down, layered under or over jumpers and tees, worn with sleeves rolled or long. A button up shirt is an infinitely versatile item to have in any wardrobe.
Cashmere tee: A knitted tee seems perfect for the early spring season as it keeps you warm thanks to its woven nature, but isn’t too stifling by being short sleeve. The best of both worlds in one item – who knew! I’m stating the obvious that a knitted tee is also easy to layer under, plus, there’s nothing more luxurious feeling than wearing cashmere against your skin.
Grey tank: Oh hey, another versatile piece that can be worn layered or by itself (oh I am >nailing< this versatility thing). If Melbourne decides to have an early freak heat wave (like apparently on Thursday) then at least I’ve got something airy and light to get me through it. Conversely, I can layer it under everything and anything for added warmth if the weather goes the other way.
Jumper: Since I’ve already got a knitted item in the form of my cashmere tee, I went with a cotton sweatshirt for variety, and to also keep my layering options on the thinner side, so I can fit more underneath a jacket without resembling a stuffed penguin.
Leather jacket: I like leather jackets because they’re water resistant, not too cumbersome in size, relatively wind proof, but always very stylish.
Boot cut jeans: I wouldn’t be caught anywhere without a pair of boot cut jeans. They’re my go-to style and pair well with flats, heels, boots, bare feet, you name it. These are extra comfortable for me because they’re high waisted – no more plumbers crack or coin slot showing! A dark resin wash adds a hint of formality without spilling into hipster territory (although to be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever seen black/grey boot cut denim before. Anyone?), and also doesn’t show dirt.
Denim skirt: These have pockets, can be worn with leggings, go with all sorts of shoes, and is a hardy material. Even if I don’t end up wearing the skirt because the weather isn’t conducive to bare legs, at least I’m prepared for that possible freak Melbourne heatwave.
Flats and Lace up boots: Both are comfortable flats for walking in, with the boots being useful for days that might be a bit cold or damp. The leather is water proof and also provides a bit of breath-ability so your feet don’t suffocate as you move about.
Scarf: Great for the chilly days and will add texture and pattern to an outfit if I’m feeling a bit blergh.
Backpack/day bag: As much as I don’t usually like to carry handbags or the like, when you’re on holiday and doing a lot of walking, it makes sense to have something with you to store things in like your camera, any purchases you make, extra layers you don’t need. I’ve upgraded my back pack from uni days into a more adult version, and avoided all designs that have extra pockets, snap closures, camel-pack storage areas and padded internal separators (which I could pull off as a student, but now would resemble a really obvious tourist).
A few things I haven’t pictured but will be bringing with me include my toiletries bag, camera, iPad (for reading and games), PJs and underwear. You don’t need to see my underwear (although having said that, I’m in the process of revamping my bras and undies, so we might have to make a post about that later. Might. TMI?)
How do you pack when you go on a mini break? Any tips you can share with me?