Two friends of mine were off to visit an old uni friend of ours up in Cambridge a few weekends ago. I had agreed to come along but as time progressed it completely slipped my mind. On that Friday I was having a few after work drinks with a couple buddies when bam, I suddenly remembered I had commitments. Being the person I am I hadn’t bother following up on the various Facebook messages I had been sent from them. So of course the initial reaction was to head home as quickly as I could to get my stuff. Of course when I arrived home I had a minimal amount of time to pack before needing to dart off to Charing Cross in order to catch the train on time.
Packing like a pro
Why is it that weekend packing is always the hardest? I guess not knowing exactly what you need gives it a slight element of surprise. If you’re off on holiday you probably have conducted some sort of research so you know what the weather is going to be like. And, you probably have an itinerary of things to do (most likely gained from Googling the location) so you can make a few preparations. As for spontaneous trips away they’re genuinely a lot harder packing for.
As I really didn’t have a clue what we were up to that weekend, but at the same time wanted to travel extremely lightly I made sure I took a minimalist approach to packing.
As it happened one of our plans was to actually visit the annual Cambridge Beer festival. In my haste I didn’t have any ironed shirts, but I did decide to take with me three plain t-shirts: Two Penguin t-shirts from Repertoire Fashion and a crooks and castles tee. As such, apart from the main necessities (i.e deodorant, tooth brush, socks and pants), I made sure that I brought with me a jumper (also from penguin) as well as my iPad and camera.
5 Tips for packing for a weekend away
- Prepare prior, so you know what exactly you’re taking
- Ensure that you have an awesome weekend bag, like the ones here
- Bring a book or some form of entertainment for the journey
- Pack light and ensure you do not have countless amounts of clothes
- Make sure you have some cool t-shirts for all types of occasions like these
Cambridge Beer Festival
Cambridge beer festival is located on Jesus Green, and is currently the largest regional beer festival in the UK. If you’re wondering, even though it is a beer festival they still have a number of stalls selling cider, Perry and wine (if that’s more to your liking).
On entry you have to pay a small entrance fee, and pay a quid to buy a pint glass. After purchasing your glass then it’s time for one thing, and one thing only – drinking. Due to how busy it was that particular Saturday there were no freebies or testers, however each stall had a buyer’s guide. As I’m not a big fan of beer I stuck to cider. With the only downside to this being that all pints of cider there are 6%+. As the sun was shining it made it very easy to drink, resulting in a drunk me. Nevertheless, we did end the evening with a few drinks and some food at Zizzi.
If you’re considering visiting Cambridge in May I would unquestionably recommend checking out Cambridge beer festival. And, though my weekend went pretty quickly and I wasn’t able to partake in many tourist activities I’ll definitely be returning to Cambridge at some stage.
Thank you for reading!
Disclaimer: I was sent a few items to review for this post, however all opinions are my own and make sure to check out Repertoire Fashion for some awesome mens clothes