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The Secret to Packing a Weekend Bag That Won't Weigh You Down

It's all about items that can pull double -- or even triple -- duty.

paravel grand tour duffle
Photography by: The Morrisons

First, think about what you’ll be doing at your destination: Going to the beach? Visiting galleries and museums? Wine tasting? Then bring items that do double or triple duty: Sandals, for example, that are comfortable to walk in yet also look chic poolside and at the bar, or jeans that can be dressed up for dinner. Stick to a neutral palette (say, white, gray, and navy), and add shots of color with bold accessories or layers. That way, everything will go together. “Bring a pair of statement earrings, and pull your hair back for an easy day-to-night transition,” suggests Martha Stewart Living Style Editor Jessica King.


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Look for a weekend bag with both top handles and a shoulder strap. The one shown above (Paravel The Grand Tour duffle, in Bebop, $345,, made from lightweight, waterproof canvas with leather trim, is nice-looking and practical.

Weekend Checklist

  • Two T-shirts

  • One or two blouses

  • Cardigan

  • Pair of shorts

  • Pair of jeans (darker washes look more polished)

  • Blazer or light jacket

  • Simple dress or skirt

  • Sneakers or comfortable flats

  • Sandals

  • Light scarf


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