The Ultimate Staycation Checklist

I’m a busy bee these next few weeks, I’m here, there and everywhere! March, April and May are definitely my favourite months of the year. We start to see the sun a little bit more, the temperature rises ever so slightly, the mornings get brighter and the nights get lighter!

They’re also my favourite months as I usually squeeze a few mini-breaks in. I’ve already been to Amsterdam, I’m off to Manchester this weekend and at the end of April, I’m off to Dublin!

I’m super excited about heading to Dublin as I’ve never been before and it’s always been on my travel bucket list. I’m going with my other half as it’s my birthday present, I’m a lucky gal!

I’ve decided to be super organised and create a checklist now, rather than a few days before like I usually do and end up going into pre-holiday meltdown! There’s no bigger regret than leaving your packing until the day before and having a bitch fit is there?!

Packing for a mini break can be difficult and it can be even more challenging if you’re going on a staycation in the UK as the weather can very temperamental! You can be prepared for the cold and then randomly the sun will be scorching in the UK, it’s all a bit bizarre.

Since it’s April when I go to Dublin I’m hoping for a bit of sun and a temperature over 5 degrees, pray for Alice! Today’s post is all about the must-have essentials for a mini break!

1. The Cross Over Bag


If you’re like me and go to all the major tourist attractions when you’re on a breakaway, plus you enjoy walking everywhere, it’s essentials you have a practical bag for 2 reasons. 1, so you’re not carrying anything and it’s lightweight and 2, to be safe! Having your bag as close to you as possible warns off any pickpockets away. I am loving this Ralph Lauren number I got for Christmas, it’s perfect for travelling.

2. A Book


Going on a break is one of the only sacred times I get to be a bookworm because I actually have time! I love nothing more than getting stuck into a new book whilst I’m travelling. Think of it like this, what if you’re delayed and you’re bored? A book can be very handy! I’ve been reading this thriller for the past few weeks and I can not put it down, I’d definitely recommend.

3. A Pair of Sliders


Because what if it’s a sunny day and you only have a pair of boots?! I like to be compact when I’m packing and will only include the necessities but these sliders are very compact. I spotted these in Matalan’s Holiday Shop recently for JUST £10, what a bargain. I’m really impressed with their Spring Summer ranges this year, I’ve always been a fan but they’re killing it in 2018! These sliders are SO comfortable, ever so sassy AND practical! Praying I can show of my pedicure in Dublin with these babies!

4. A Cheap Lippie


Like I said in number 5, I only pact the necessities and yeah lipstick is essential but I try to only take a few rather than my full collection. On previous mini breaks, I’ve taken my best lipsticks and either lost them or left them in the hotel and been left heartbroken so now I just take budget lipsticks. I’ve been trying this Kylie Jenner Lip Kit dupe from Primark for the last few weeks and I’m seriously impressed. The product is so long lasting and the colour is so vibrant. This duo is the perfect handbag size too, perfect travel sizes!

5. A Good Suitcase


Two-wheeled suitcases are so last year! My life has been changed by this IT Luggage 4 wheel suitcase! It is huge, meaning I can fit all my clothes in there and my other half can get all his in there too, resulting in us saving money on the dreaded luggage tax. Perfect! It’s extremely light-weight AND has a hard shell meaning all of your clothing is protected! I picked this up at Matalan where they have the best deals on suitcases and travel luggage! Make sure you check them out.

6. Sunglasses


The most obvious one! A killer pair of sunglasses is a huge MUST for any trip especially this time of year! It’s the only chance I get to wear these gorgeous Ralph Lauren shades!

I can’t wait to jet off to Dublin now, T minus 3 weeks! Are you heading off on a staycation soon?

*This post is a collaborative post with Matalan

30 Comments

  • Reply Alisha Valerie March 28, 2018 at 9:55 am

    I’m going on honeymoon in June so this blog post was really useful for me darling and you’ve given me some fab tips. Thank you for sharing ✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | http://www.alishavalerie.com

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Oh, how exciting?! Enjoy! x

  • Reply Sarah March 28, 2018 at 10:54 am

    That bag is so beautiful! i love the colour of it

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Sarah 🙂

  • Reply Cora @ Tea Party Princess March 28, 2018 at 11:57 am

    I love Primark lipsticks, I use the 90p lustre ones daily because I’m a Loser of Lippie too.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Me too, I love them!

  • Reply Chloe - New Girl in Toon March 29, 2018 at 6:01 am

    So helpful! I always overpack so need this! Those sliders are beautiful .. make me want to book a holiday!

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Aren’t they just?!

  • Reply Katrina Frances March 29, 2018 at 9:14 am

    I agree that these are staycation essentials! I also really love those sunglasses, they are gorgeous! xx

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Katrina! xx

  • Reply Shauna March 29, 2018 at 9:45 am

    Oh those sliders are actually so fab!! I love them!

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Shauna!

  • Reply Rosie March 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I need a staycation so bad! Nothing better than a good book and some chill time!

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:01 am

      I totally agree!

  • Reply Maisie March 29, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Super jealous of your travel plans!! Love that bag! I always take a book away with me too, no matter where I’m off to! I’m currently trying to budget and plan for a staycation for myself and my other half as we could really do with a little break! x

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Good to have things to look forward to isn’t it! x

  • Reply Laura Kroczek March 29, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    I always try to go for crossover bags cause I just find them sooo practical and prettier but most of the times I tend to pack too much stuff and have to go for a bigger bag haha Xx

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Me too! xx

  • Reply Hannah Masterman March 31, 2018 at 6:19 am

    I need them sliders in my life, I’m gonna have to pop into Matalan now!!!! Enjoy your little trips! xxxx

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:04 am

      Thanks Hannah! xxx

  • Reply Mel March 31, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Have a fab trip! I’d love to go over.
    I love the cute sandals and the bag too.

    http://littlemissmelanie.com

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thanks Mel! 🙂

  • Reply Gemma Louise March 31, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve just got a suitcase from Matalan and it’s perfect for my travels! I’ve never had a 4 wheel before but it’s going to be a life saver with a toddler x

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 9:05 am

      They’re amazing! x

  • Reply Prettiful Blog April 3, 2018 at 10:24 am

    This is a really useful post, thank you!

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 10:27 am

      Thank you!

  • Reply caitylis April 3, 2018 at 11:38 am

    God I’m so ready for a little holiday get away! But we’re moving soon so no money for it! Maybe next year I hope to have our first little family get away, probably in country, but anywhere away from here would be nice!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    • Reply Alice April 3, 2018 at 1:20 pm

      Hope you have fun! 🙂 xx

  • Reply Angela April 4, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    That cross body bag is bloody gorgeous! Like, it’s so classy and practical. I’m in love with it!

    Have a fabulous trip babe! Xx

    • Reply Alice April 5, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Thanks lovely! x

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