There’s nothing like getting some respite from city life with a relaxing countryside break to sooth the soul. But what to pack you might ask?
The temptation is to leave it to the last minute and panic pack half your wardrobe whilst clutching a chardonnay, throwing clothes and shoes into a giant holdall to have all weathers and occasions covered.
Plan ahead with my holiday packing list to ensure you have countryside break essentials as well as a few travel luxuries.
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You want a range of pretty, floaty dresses for a posh countryside break. You can wear a wrap to a gastropub or look radiant in a wrap dress in the hotel bar. I am a big fan of this gorgeous floral wrap dress from JD Williams. This floaty dress has ‘2 in 1 shorts’ and an overlay skirt which can be easily dressed up for a trip to a boutique tea house or worn for a quick stroll around a country park.
I would also pack a stylish maxi dress for those trips out into countryside villages. I particularly love this piece by JD Williams, It is extremely flattering to wear with a cinched waist and floaty skirt. You can pair this dress with knee high boots or with sandals, for a more casual daytime look.
No matter what the weather, you can’t go wrong with a statement hat. You can pair a cute cotton baker boy cap with a leather jacket for a super sultry look, rock a Straw Trilby, or choose a large sun hat for the ultimate ‘summer tea party’ look.
Be sure to pack wellies or sturdy boots for a walk around the countryside. The weather can be pretty unpredictable in the UK, so it is always a smart move to be prepared. Personally, I think nothing beats a good pair of Hunter wellies for long walks or running through fields of wheat. Set your inner child free and splash in puddles and dirty up those wellies, you will completely own that ‘country girl’ look upon arrival at the pub for lunch. The locals will love you for it.
When on a Countryside break it is advisable to walk around in a scented cloud, it will make you feel fabulous and have the added bonus of covering up that distinctive ‘countryside smell’ that can permeate the air. Superdrug has a pretty extensive range of perfumes to choose from and there are always lots of offers in store, so you don’t have to break the bank to smell delicious.
If your boutique country hotel has a bath, then may I suggest packing a bath bomb for pure indulgence. I particularly love the bath bombs from popular bath store Lush and the gorgeous vegan bath balls made by Miss Patisserie.
If you are trying to rock the Kate Middleton look on your country escape, you’ll need equally lovely nails to pull the whole ‘lady of the manor’ style off. I would recommend investing a little more into nail varnish brands such as Nails Inc, OPI Nail Lacquer and Sally Hansen, if you want salon-worthy results.
If the weather turns on you, make sure you have a cosy wrap to hand. make sure it’s roomy enough to fit comfortably on top of whatever you’re already wearing. I adore the Zita Jacquard Knit Kimono from Weird Fish, it’s really warm and luxurious on those chilly country nights.
Pack some pretty wedge sandals for countryside elegance. I am very fond of the ghillie tie sandals from JD Williams. They are so comfortable to wear and they match a range of outfits from maxi dresses to jeans.
I would also pack a pair of plain black sandals like these double buckle sandals from JD Williams. They are ideal for pottering around a cottage or to accompany a dressy outfit for a day trip out. More styles can be found here.
Picnic hampers and Gift baskets
There’s nothing more romantic than an impromptu picnic in the countryside. Be sure to pack a fully stocked hamper and you can whip it out when the sun breaks through the clouds. For a day at the races, a lazy afternoon in a country park or a summer evening in a nearby field chose a substantial, traditional picnic basket with all the essentials you’ll need for dining outdoors. If you don’t fancy packing a hamper yourself, you can always order a gift basket full of goodies, to take on your countryside break. Stretch the budget that extra mile and treat yourself to a luxurious hamper, chocolate basket or gourmet baskets filled with high-quality food and drink. Why not order some Welsh produce from Discover Delicious? They all manner of foodie delights that are reared, grown or crafted in Wales.
Should you wish to have a cup of earl grey in a quiet countryside teahouse whilst you get lost in a book then I would recommend packing a Kindle. Gone are the days of lugging around 5-6 beach reads with this ingenious device. I would personally invest in the Kindle Paperwhite, it is lightweight, with a long battery life and is easily carried around in a small bag.
If you embark on a solitary walk through the fields it might be nice to have a soothing playlist to listen to as you stroll. I love the uber cool MA650 Wireless headphones from RHA Audio. They are Sweatproof & water resistant in a downpour, making them an ideal choice for countryside walking.
Try packing a few casual pieces for a bracing country stroll or for relaxing by the fire you ideally want comfort without compromising on quality. I recommend checking out ladies knitwear from Celtic & Co and wrap up warm in stylish super-soft jumpers knitwear and cardigans all made in Great Britain. These gorgeous items are perfect for those cosy moments reading a book or listening to some music on a luxurious manor house stay.
If you discover your hotel has a spa, or your lodge has a hot tub then you could waste valuable vacation time trying to hunt down a reasonably priced pair. Throw some in your case and be safe in the knowledge that you can be ‘pool ready’ in a jiffy. I particularly love the range of swimwear on the Simply Beach website. They have a great selection of bikinis, bathing suits and kaftans that are perfect for your next hot tub break in a luxury lodge.
What do you think of this holiday packing list? do you think I have covered all the Countryside break essentials, should anything be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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