Five of the Best Wintry Weekend Away Essentials

With long dark nights and chilly mornings setting in, a weekend away in the country is the perfect way to stave off the winter blues. Particularly when you’re armed with our selection of the best wintry weekend away essentials...


Brics Leather Holdall

We’ve all been there before: having spent ages wondering what to pack for a weekend away, we finally get started, only to realise that all of our bags are either far too big or much too small. Luckily, Brics have come to the rescue and changed all that. Their weekender bag is the perfect size, and is fully lined, with a removable shoulder strap, leather luggage tag, padlock and protective dust sheet, as well as a handy zip pocket in the front for all your travel documents. To cap it all off, the luxurious soft-grain finish means you can start your weekend away in style.


Price: £245; stockist:

Aubin & Wills Bobble Hat

There’s nothing that signifies winter more than a super-cute, woolly bobble hat. And there aren't many cuter than these Aubin & Wills ones. The 100% soft wool cable-knit comes in classic cream or navy with a giant pom-pom. Plus, they combine style and warmth – what could be better? Team with a battered old Barbour, for the ultimate weekend in the country chic.


Price: £40; stockist:

Ettinger Flask

Forget a cheap thermos, these are the prettiest flasks we’ve ever seen. They come in a selection of colours, but the best, for our money, is the chic, ice blue. The round stainless steel flask is covered in the softest leather on the outside and suede on the inside, along with four tiny stainless steel cups. They're certainly not cheap, but just think of all the money that you’ll save on the daily coffee run. Needless to say, we want one.

Price: £162; stockist:

Space NK Therapy – Elemental Herbology

The relentless wind and rain that we’re blessed with in the UK can wreak havoc with your skin. But thankfully Space NK is on hand to help. They’ve developed what can only be described as a wonder beauty product called Wind & Cold Therapy – Reparative Formula. And it really does what is says on the tin – packed with nourishing oils, it does everything from softening cuticles to soothing chapped lips, meaning we can come in out of the cold soft skinned and rosy cheeked.

Price: £18; stockist:

Hunter Wellies

If you’ve managed to scrape the mud off your Hunter wellies after a long season of rural UK festivals, then you’ll finally get to use them for their intended purpose: long blustery country walks. New brands may come and go but Hunter (which was founded in 1856) remain our tried and tested favourites and are the wellie choice of celebrities du jour (with Kate Moss and Alexa Chung regularly spotted sporting a pair). We particularly like brightening up a grey day's tramping through the fields with the rather natty red pair...

Price: £75; stockist:

Heading off somewhere more exotic this winter? Why not check out our roundup of holiday essentials to pick up at the airport? Or see our entire collection of travel accessories.

Alternatively, for a wintry weekend away, check out out pick of the best romantic hotels in Cornwall by the sea.

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