Are you planning a weekend away soon? Maybe it’s a golf weekend with the boys or a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend city break for you and your other half? Whatever you have planned, you’ll need to pack a bag for your trip that’s both practical yet stylish, and takes up as little room as possible so that you stow your bag in the car boot or your carry on. For stylish weekend bags, you can’t get better than the Blakeney weekend bag, available in either brown or black leather, which is perfect for your weekend away packing needs.

Here’s our ultimate men’s capsule wardrobe for your weekend away suitcase style that you can use as a checklist before you head off on your travels.

- 2 pairs of jeans/trousers
- 2 t shirts
- One jumper
- 2 shirts
- One coat
- One pair of boots
- One pair of shoes
- Underwear & socks
- Extras – sunglasses, belt, toiletries

Layer when you need to

When you’re travelling during a city break, you never know what to expect when it comes to the weather so the key to a men’s capsule wardrobe is to layer your clothes so that you can be comfortable whatever the conditions. You can take off layers easily if you get too warm which is easier than suffering the whole day in a heavy woollen jumper when the weather turns fine. It’s always a good idea to have one spare pair of trousers with you too, should something spill on you during the day or simply to dress up your look at night with a different outfit. And on that note…

Dress up for dinner

Even if it’s just burgers and beers with the boys, changing your shirt and shoes can refresh you and get you ready for a night on the town even if you’ve spent all day walking about the golf course or seeing the city sights. Make sure when you're doing your weekend away packing that you have a nice shirt to change into and then head out and enjoy yourself in the confidence that your forward thinking will put paid to any restaurant dress codes.

Fancy footwear

Two pairs of shoes is a minimum for any city break, and we recommend that you gents take a pair of shoes and a pair of boots for maximum comfort and versatility. A comfy pair of boots for walking around during the day like the Anatomic Gel Cardoso boots are superbly comfortable yet to stylish and can be replaced at night before you head out on the town for dinner with a stylish pair of brogues to dress up your jeans and shirt combo. Check out these Loake Foley brogues as the perfect example of a weekend away suitcase style staple.

The extras that make all the difference

Little extras in your weekend bag won’t bump up your luggage limit or give you cause to buy a bigger car, and can be something as simple as a smart belt to differentiate your daytime look from your evening outfit. Something neutral like this Rollerston olive leather belt will look great with any pair of jeans. Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses too, just in case of sunshine.