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The bank holiday weekend is the perfect excuse to get away and relax. So, if you do choose a break from it all, take a look at our guide of how to pack like a pro for the long weekend ahead.

Make a clever checklist

When it comes to packing for a long weekend, the key is to get the balance right. You want to include at least one smart item as well as casual gear. Don't be tempted to pack too much - stick to classic fail-proof items that you can mix and match easily.

Adopt from day to night thinking

print shirt

Have a think about your plans for the day? Ideally, you don't want to have to return back to your room or carry around a change of clothes. Be prepared for however your day pans out in a classic Oxford shirt or print short sleeve shirt for the day worn with a smart blazer at night. Team with a pair of jeans in an indigo wash, which tends to be smarter, or coloured chinos.

Keep an eye on the forecast

As obvious as it sounds, you don't want to make the mistake of turning up in your summer gear only to find the temperature is just above zero. Check the weather and adjust your packing accordingly. If we're lucky enough to experience a heatwave, pack a pair of chino shorts. Looking a bit chilly? Take a fine-gauge knit and long-sleeve shirt. A lightweight jacket is a always a safe bet and easy to pack.

Stick to two pairs of shoes

White plimsolls

Make it easy by sticking to two pairs of shoes - smart and casual. Loafers are a great going out shoe and a pair of comfy trainers or plimsolls work when you're on your feet all day.

Do the right prep

If you know you'll be going for a walk in the countryside or heading to the coast, make sure you pack appropriate gear: it's always worth taking one or two plain t-shirts to wear with jogger shorts or jeans.

Don't forget your underwear

One pair of pants is not going to cut it. Make sure you have another enough  socks and trunks boxers for the long weekend. You don't want to be caught short, so think about taking an extra pair just in case.

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