What I Wore For A Practical Holiday & A Free Packing List
-this post contains a gifted item-
It’s been a long time since I’ve packed an overnight bag let alone for a week-long holiday. Before I moved in with my boyfriend I was an overnight bag pro but these days, not so much and I can’t deny that I have the tendency to overpack so the prep for our week away was intense. A question that often slides in my DM’s is about the more practical clothes I wear as I know all too well that when it comes to that type of clothing is that often it’s not the most stylish option out there so bridging the two can be difficult And I’ve been meaning to do a round up of the most loved practical clothing pieces for a while so this post is the perfect opportunity to do that as well as give you a little packing list just incase you’re going on an adventure anytime soon.
joules coast sherpa jacket (purchased with gift card from brand)
You might recognise this coat because I also have it in navy and although I know buying the same thing in two colours probably isn’t the smartest choice I love these jackets so much. They’re not the most amazing option for the minus temperatures we often have in the UK but for the end of Winter and going into Spring it’s absolutely perfect as it still keeps you toasty and warm due to sherpa lining in the hood and around the chest but it’s breathable for when it’s warmer but you still need a jacket. This coat is waterproof too which is a must for any outerwear I own these days as even though I don’t make a habit of going out in the rain if the forecast isn't correct (like usual) it’s nice to know I’m going to be kept dry. Camel doesn’t seem like it would be the most practical colour but even with dogs who like to put their paws on me more often than I like dirt seems to just brush off which is perfect.
dr marten zillow temperley chelsea boots
These were an investment purchase for me last year and I am so, so glad that I spend the extra money on them because they are absolutely beautiful. During our holiday I switched between these and my Muckboot (gifted) boots as they’re perfect for more difficult walks where there might be some deep puddles. Before these arrived I was terrified that they’d be an absolute nightmare to wear in but not once have I had a blister from these, even on seriously long walks they’ve still been incredibly comfortable. I would say if you have a really high arch in your foot then you may struggle slightly as they're quite a flat boot but it's not something that causes me a lot of issues. I love that they’re not only practical but they’re smart boots too as that’s exactly what I wanted from an investment buy as I can wear them for plenty of occasions as I'm hoping they'll be something that stays in my wardrobe for years.
lululemon align pants
When it comes to going for a long walk there is absolutely no way that I’m going to wear jeans so leggings it is for me. I don’t think I’m quite at the stage of wearing walking trousers yet so I opt for the closest thing to sweatpants I feel ok wearing out of the house. I’ve had the Lululemon Align Pants couple of years now and they’re still going strong (which is surprising for the number of times I’ve worn them). They feel like butter they're so soft and are incredibly lightweight but they still keep me wonderfully warm when I need them to and breathe when it’s a little warmer. These are ridiculously expensive for leggings and I’m not sure I can ever say they are truly worth that amount of money but they are undoubtedly the best leggings I own, by far.
fjallraven kånken bag
Whenever I take my camera on the go this is what I reach for as it’s a backpack that fits everything I need and more without turning into a cavernous sack due to all it’s compartments (I find the ones on the side particularly useful). And if you do want to use this for a camera bag and you’re not carrying a huge amount of kit you can buy inserts to keep your stuff safe and organised. I purchased this bag nearly 4 years ago now and I’m so glad I did. However, I will say these bags are not the best if you’re carrying a serious amount of weight as the straps aren’t that thick so you might find it slightly uncomfortable but otherwise they're ideal and it's not hard to see why they're so popular. Again, a pricey item but one that has certainly paid for itself now in terms of cost per use.
Striped breton (for warmer days or as a layering piece).
Uniqlo Wooly hat
Fisherman knit jumpers
Barbour woollen scarf