Little Bits For A Weekend Away

Little Bits For A Weekend Away

So I’m off to Berlin for the weekend! Yasss! My plane leaves Paris CDG at about 12:30 and then I’m ready to hit one of Europe’s coolest cities!

Because I’m only going for two nights, it doesn’t really make sense to pack the world. In fact, I’ve never ever been one for heavy packing. The idea of going anywhere other than home with a wheely case (even my tiny one) makes me feel a bit weird: I can easily pack for a long weekend into a rucksack and so that’s what I do.

Packing light does, however, mean that you do have to be a little selective with what goes into your bag. With your carry-on bag being literally all you have, you need to have a plan.

So, here are some of the things I’ve packed into my little black rucksack, ready to hit Berlin.

Passport & book: Obviously I need my passport because France is a different country to Germany, despite all the EU free travel stuff. I mean, just don’t forget your passport. I have mine stored safely in a gorgeous white and gold passport cover because it was cheap and is oh-so-cheerful. I’m also bringing along Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes From A Small Island’ because I’m loving it (and need something to do on the plane/RER). If you find yourself homesick for the UK at any point, or just love amusing British anecdotes, I would 100% recommend.

Jewellery: I don’t go in for heavy bling – I’m a big fan of keeping it simple, oh and gold. Anything gold. This geometric necklace trio from Happiness Boutique* is perfect. Not only is there one for each of the three days I’ll be in Berlin, but they can also be layered to create that lovely boho necklace thing that Pinterest and Tumblr are all about! Happiness Boutique also offer free shipping and a customer reward program so I’ll definitely be going back online for a snoop. (They’re also based in Berlin so it’ll be a bit like going home, won’t it?)

In fact, for 10% off just use code nettleandblackberry at the checkout. (Valid ’til 09/04/16.)

Little Bits For A Weekend Away

Makeup: You know how much I love Bourjois’ City Radiance Foundation. I mean, I think it’s actually included in every post this month because I’m that obsessed. And hey, Berlin’s a city so why not bring it along! Low maintenance, high quality. Teamed with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer, I’m basically going to be flawless.

To stop myself looking like a blank canvas, post foundation, the BarryM Get Up & Glow palette is the best. Bronzer, highlighter and three different blushes, all fabulously pigmented, all in one case ready to be popped into my rucksack. No faffing about with loads of different products.

Finally the Soap and Glory Supercat Fat liner is an essential. Precise, big and black – perfect for my signature blocky cat-eye and perfect for one of the coolest cities in the world. I’m not a sparkly kinda gal, and this is not a sparkly kinda liner. This is a liner that means business.

Little Bits For A Weekend Away

What do you pack when there isn’t a lot of space?
Is there anything that you think I’ve missed?


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  • Aimee Julia says:

    I don’t think I could pack just a rucksack, not even for just a long weekend. I like to take about 10 books with me, just in case. Although having my Kindle helps with that problem now. Then there’s shoes, I like a few options. Basically, I can’t pack light! Haha. Hope you have a fab time in Berlin! Loving that necklace, too. x x

  • Imogen H says:

    Ooo Bill Bryson is my big time main man. I’ve always said I’d love to be exactly the kind of travel writer he is but like, the girl version. I also remember when I went on the coach to Barcelona from Montpellier and almost forgot my passport because I didn’t understand the idea of crossing into another country without having to go across the sea. Luckily, I remembered it just in time. Have an amazing time!!

    Imogen //

  • Rachel says:

    Have fun in Berlin! One of my favourite cities in the world.

    Rachel |

  • Martha Jane says:

    That necklace is gorgeous! Such a sucker for geometric shapes, hipsterrrr x

    Martha Jane |

  • Miu says:

    I’ve seen your pictures on Instagram, but only now I come around to catch up with your blog. To me as a German it’s quite interesting to hear you calling Berlin the coolest city in Europe, because when I think of the coolest cities London and Paris definitely pop up first in mind 😉
    And it’s always quite staggering to me that you can cross borders on borders when using a car and nobody cares, but with planes you are thoroughly checked (although I’m not quite sure at which borders they are controlling cars right now, because of the current situation…)

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