Your Local Fashion Guide to Beirut: #howtopack
So in hopes that we still a few good ski weekends left this season, we thought it would be cool to share this with you guys. My sister just spent a long cozy weekend in Faraya with her hubby, which looked a little something like this.
Other than the amazing sunny weather, the perfect snow quality for skiing, and cheese-and-wine-filled nights, one of the things she mentioned when she came back was how wrong she had packed for the trip. There were so many items she forgot to pack and others that she packed but didn't even use.
Packing can be a painful process, I personally despise it because my entire closet ends up in the bag. I end up with too many items I don't actually wear and not enough essentials, which are the items I end up needing the most. If you relate in any way then you'll appreciate this as much as I do. I asked my sister to put together a complete checklist of all the items she'd recommend a Faraya weekend plan. The list caters more specifically to the ladies out there, but men can go over the checklist too because most of the items are general.
Packing Mindset: 5 Tips
Here are 5 tips to keep in mind before you start packing:
1 // KEEP DAYTIME OUTFITS SIMPLE: jeans, light sweaters and winter boots are the essentials. If you plan to hit the slopes, that's even easier because you’ll just end up wearing your gear most of the day.
2 // COMFORT OVER COOL: whether you end up skiing or not though, Faraya trips always start with a very early morning so when the day finally comes to an end, you’ll want to shower and just get into something super warm and comfy. Keep that in mind.
3 // AVOID THE HUGE SWEATERS: most places are very warm indoors, so you don't need to think about packing super heavy (and itchy) sweaters, it's all about that big warm coat you wear.
4 // THE CARRY ON: it's highly recommended that you pack everything in a carry-on and not a bag that you just carry because winter things can get quite heavy - you don't wanna go straining any muscles now! In fact, you'll probably need to put your ski gear in one bag (just because they are so bulky) and your personal items in another one.
5 // YOUR HAIR WON'T SUFFER: if you need to get your hair done, there is a Simon Mendelek Beauty Salon to prep you at the InterContinental Hotel in Mzaar. Tel.+961-9-340100
What To Pack To Faraya: A 35-Item Checklist
Here's the complete checklist of what to pack for a Faraya weekend - and if we missed something, please do email us at email@example.com and we will add it to the list!
1. Ski/Snowboard Outfit
Don't forget the whole outfit plus all the accessories: ski/snowboarding jacket and pants, undergarments, sunglasses/goggles, headband/beanie, gloves, helmet, long warm socks. If you need to buy an outfit here are a few places both in Beirut and on the way to Faraya: Mike Sport, Decathlon, La Maison du Ski and Pic Blanc.
2. That Big Warm Jacket/Coat
Pack that jacket that you can throw over anything and instantly become cold-proof - preferably a knee-length one.
3. A Plush Cardigan
You know what we mean, that one big plush cardigan you have that you can throw on in the room over undies, and wear over a dress, and over a pair of jeans with a thin sweater, and...and..
4. 2 Daytime Casual Sweaters
Take one turtleneck and one regular sweater.
5. 2 Evening Tops
Those cute tops you can wear for dinner and a little dancing afterwards.
6. 2 Cotton Tops
These are just to wear a layer under your sweaters and jumpers to keep you extra warm.
7. Pair of Throw-Me-On Leggings
Those are useful at any point of the day, take a pair for sure.
8. Comfortable Pair of Jeans
The pair you'll probably wear on your way up to Faraya and back down.
9. Leather Pants
That's if you don't want to wear jeans again at night. Snow and leather totally work together.
10. Opaque Tights
You might want to wear these under your jeans or pants in case it's a really cold night.
11. A Pair of Sneakers
Just for casual outings like lunch or if you're going to the lobby to meet some friends for a coffee.
12. Pre/Post-Ski Comfy Boots
These boots you'll wear before and after skiing/snow boarding (i.e. your favourite pair of Uggs).
13. Knee-Length Flat Boots
To wear over your leggings or leather pants.
14. Booties for Evening Outings
Short booties with a small heel, we'd say avoid the high heels unless they are wedges for Faraya.
That one scarf that keeps your neck warm and you can throw over any outfit.
16. Leather Gloves
These are to wear in the evenings if your little fingers get cold.
17. Warm Hat/Beanie
You'll need this, especially if it's a particularly windy weekend.
Take two pairs, just for fun.
19. Handbag for the Day
This is your go-to bag, your most compartmented reliable bag that you usually take when you travel.
20. Clutch/Crossbody Bag for the Evening
That cute little clutch you already have in mind that matches with everything.
21. Cotton Pajamas
We're recommending cotton because as mentioned before it's pretty warm indoors typically so you won't feel the need for more.
22. A Good Supply of Underwear
You'll burn through those pretty quickly.
23. Sports Bra
That's definitely preferable to a normal bra for skiing.
If you're staying at a hotel, chances are there's a swimming pool. A heated one.
25. A Ton of Socks
You can never pack enough socks.
26. Toiletries, Makeup & Hairdryer
That includes: toothbrush and toothpaste, make-up remover, cotton discs, and even a nail file (they tend to chip easily in the cold).
One of the most important items on the list - do not leave Beirut without this.
28. Hand Cream & Body Lotion
Your skin will dry up so much in the cold outdoors and super warm indoors.
29. Lip Balm
You probably need that in your pocket at all times.
30. Hair Ties
Because we are girls and we always lose our hair ties, take some extra in case.
31. Phone Chargers
*WARNING* make sure the volume is not too high on the slopes and you can hear what's going on around you at all times.
Pack a few snacks (chocolate, energy bars or nuts) that you can munch on while skiing and between meals - you'll need the energy.
34. Chewing Gum
It would be great to keep some chewing gum in your pocket to break that pressure from high altitudes.
35. A Good Book
You know, just in case you get snowed in and run out of convos on your phone. Order one straight from Antoine Online. Obviously if you have a Kindle then take it with you!
Enjoy your weekend!