Valentine’s Day may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it certainly is a great excuse for setting aside some alone time with your partner. Being a chocoholic already, I ditch the traditional gifts and try to head off somewhere new on a short break. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday which makes it a little harder to peel yourself away from the office. Enter, the Valentine’s Day weekend away. Whether it be the following weekend or later in the year, a romantic trip away deserves to be both luxurious and stress free. However, candlelit dinners and indulgent spa sessions call for a different holiday wardrobe that will through your usual rules out the window. And so that you don’t have to agonise over what to pack (and can get out the door asap), I’ve put together a list that’s tailored specifically for Valentine’s Day escapes.
A few of my favourite accessories and my must-pack scent.
VALENTINE’S DAY PACKING LIST
I’ve based this packing list on a two-night stay to cover a long weekend as well. For this, you’ll need a few outfit types, mainly:
- A transit outfit for road trips and flights where comfort is paramount.
- 2 x daytime outfits for resort lounging. Think beach to the bar.
- 2 x nighttime outfits for fine dining. This is where statement pieces are worth the extra room in your bag. A few accessories are needed here, like a clutch and pair of heels.
- Activity pieces tailored to your trip, like swimwear, lingerie and sleepwear.
For the first outfit I like to opt for comfy bottoms like a fluid skirt or wide-leg pant. Pair with a simple tee which can be swapped for a cami on arrival. I like to repeat this outfit on the trip home to save space. Flats are key here to get you through longer trips, as is a jacket if you’re getting on a plane.
This is where you can really tailor pieces to your specific trip. Think about what kind of accommodation you’re in and if you’ll be predominantly lounging or exploring during your stay. For a relaxing spa trip I pack loose pieces (like the ones I chose for transit) and pair them with more resort-style tops. The tie-front shirt below is perfect for a beachside look and can be dressed up with silky pieces when the sun goes down. If you think you’ll be wearing smaller basics like shorts and a tee, why not dedicate more room to some comforts like slippers or a silk robe?
After settling into your accommodation and resting weary feet, it’s nice to change into a fresh outfit that feels special. This is where you favourite dress or embellished top can shine. Formal pieces which usually don’t make the suitcase cull are perfect for a romantic weekend away. Pop in a pair of heels, your favourite statement jewelry and a luxe clutch to complete the look. Remember, it pays to pick a jacket, shoes and bag that will match your second night time outfit too. I’ve chosen warm neutral pieces below that will complement a trans-seasonal wardrobe. For the second night out I would wear the maxi skirt or wide leg pants with the frilled cami, mules, gold hoops and a clutch.
(dress, skirt and wide pants) Sheike, (pants) Witchery.
No matter how often I hit the road there’s one romantic ingredient I always forget….the bubble bath! How many times have you stayed in a spa room and realised there’s nothing in there to make bubbles (except maybe some travel-sized toiletries that just fizzle out)? If you’re planning on all the Valentine’s Day vibes be sure to organise extra treats like bubble bath, chocolates and champagne ahead of your arrival.
What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? I’ll be having some early celebrations this weekend with a sneaky drive down the coast thrown in. If you’d like some more tips be sure to check out my previous post on packing for a romantic weekend away. Whether you’re heading out or hunkering down, I hope you enjoy some well-deserved pampering.
Photography by Escape Button.