What To Pack For A Weekend In The Country


Packing is not always a male strong point. If you are planning a trip to the country, this is your guide to nailing both form and function. All you need to do is follow the rules and try not to leave it until the last minute…

Keep It Simple

The country is not the place for peacocking. Loud prints and bright colours will look out of place in a rural setting. Take the opportunity to relax: wool blazers and knits for ultimate comfort. Opt for colours like navy, grey, cream and black, which will be easy to match with the other pieces you’ve packed. Choose neutral trousers that can be worn with multiple different top options and of course, take jeans.

Knitwear Is Key

Your jumpers and sweaters can work doubly hard in the country: pack a thick cable knit for the day and wear it with jeans; choose a finer fabric like cashmere to wear in the evenings.  Cardigans come into their own in the country – wear one over a tee during the day and switch it to a shirt at night.

Boot Up

While you should pack a smarter pair of shoes for the evening – or trainers if you’ve no plans to venture anywhere too smart – boots are essential for a weekend out of the city. A Chelsea boot is a good option for Sunday lunch and obviously always pack your wellies.

Bring A Good Coat

A puffer jacket is a smart choice for a trip to the country. With so many high-street stores in on the trend right now, it’s easy to find one for a reasonable price. If you’re staying for longer than a weekend, take a smarter option too – a navy peacoat or a classic overcoat in herringbone will always work.

For The Evening

Simplicity is key for an evening outfit. The classic combination of a simple trouser, white shirt (always wear a shirt) and loafers will always look stylish, no matter your age or the occasion. For something smart, throw on a blazer in a grey heritage print like Prince of Wales check. For something more casual, layer a round-neck jumper over your shirt. For something in between, a woollen gilet with a nehru collar will do the trick.

Important Extras

If you’re staying at someone else’s house, come Sunday morning you’ll be glad you packed a dressing gown and decent pyjamas. At the very least a pair of flannel tartan bottoms acceptable enough to pop downstairs for a cup of tea first thing.  Squeeze in some cashmere socks, a wool beanie and Uniqlo underlayers and you have all bases covered.

Your checklist:

x 1 pair of jeans
x 1 pair of chinos
x 1 shirt
x 2 t shirts
x 1 blazer or wool gilet
x 1 cardigan or chunky knit
x 1 cashmere crew neck
x 1 pair of trainers
x 1 pair of Chelsea boots or loafers
x 1 warm coat
Boxers, sock, flannel bottoms or light dressing grown
Hat, scarf & wellies

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