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Overnight Bag 101

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Your dress is ready, the food’s been taken care of and the decorations are out. Now, all that’s left to do is pack your overnight bag and walk down that aisle. Easier said than done, right?

While we all dream of that perfect romantic escape, the thought of packing can be daunting: let’s face it, trying to fit all three of your outfit options into one bag often ends up with you in tears and a broken zipper. So not worth it! Which is why we’ve put together our top tips to help you travel light and stylish.

1 Less is more

You don’t need a plethora of outfit options; you just need one good outfit and a few stylish basics. Piece together your favourite looks then pack only those items. You’ll avoid using that extra bit of space for items you’re not even going to wear. It’ll also save you time and trouble when getting ready at your destination. If you’re taking a one-night trip, think wisely about your jackets. The ultimate space-saving trick is to wear a versatile jacket on the day you travel then wear it throughout the evening and on your way back. Jackets are thick and having to pack more than one into your overnight bag will create a bit of a squeeze.

2 The bare necessities

It’s only one night or flight so we can almost 100% guarantee you won’t need your entire jewellery box. Think about how long you’re going to be away from your more permanent belongings and what you’d need within that time. An overnight trip or 18-hour flight would most likely call for items such as  your toothbrush, deodorant, hairbrush and soap. Prioritise your basic hygiene items then check if there’s room for extras like perfume or dry shampoo.

3 Reduce, reuse, recycle

Not every item of clothing needs to be thrown into the laundry each and every time you wear it. Pieces such as jeans and chunky knits can go one more wear without a wash. Recycle an item of clothing and pair it with something different the next day – jeans are great for this as you can wear a pair for two or three days with different tops and it will save up on space in your bag. You’ll thank yourself for the easier load of laundry when you return home too.

Photography Thomas MartinsenBrooke CagleAnnie Spratt & Alice Donovan Rouse/Unsplash