The Getaway Bag: Your Essential Guide to Holiday Packing

Whether you’re planning on chilling surf-side, or sightseeing in the city this long weekend; Fabiani has you covered on what to pack for your holiday destination of choice.

The Relaxed Beach Town

Low-key sea side towns like Plettenberg Bay are the perfect place to kick-back and enjoy a few days of R&R in the sun.


In Your Bag: Casual looks to take you from beach to braai – A quilted puffer jacket, a light weight knit, cotton chinos, polo shirts, caps, sneakers and a pair of sandals. Don’t forget the GoPro to capture all the fun along the way.

Hot Spots:

The Fat Fish – “Infamous for its fish. Legendary for its seafood. Famous for its beyond moreish tapas.” The Fat Fish in Plettenberg Bay boasts a beautiful view of the beach and the kind of relaxed vibe that makes you want to stay a little longer…

Equinox Flame & Flavour – Sister restaurant to Plett’s iconic Lookout Deck; the understated luxury of the Equinox filters through the contemporary interior, to the delectable and diverse menu. Positioned right on the pristine ‘Lookout Beach’; many cocktails, and moments, can be enjoyed here at leisure.

The Big City Buzz

Whether it’s a staycation, or you’ve opted for a city escape; enjoy the vibrant sights and sounds of Jozi for an action packed long weekend.

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In Your Bag: Dress up for city escapades – A versatile suit, a couple collared shirts, leather shoes and enough ties and accessories to keep the look fresh. Pack a city guide or a restaurant Hot List, to make sure you’re seen at all the right spots.

Hot Spots:

70 Juta Street – This colourful strip in downtown Braamfontein is home to Jozi’s hippest cafes, shops & bars. If you happen to be in town for “First Thursday” (the first Thursday night of each month); enjoy the buzz around the local art galleries and the popular ‘Neighbourgoods Market’, which stays open after dark. On any other weekend, this area is just as fun, with lots to do day and night.

Maboneng Precinct – Joburg’s trendiest neighbourhood evolved from a run-down block, into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle. Situated on the east side of the city’s business district, Maboneng offers a curated choice of retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants.

Back to Nature

Time to enjoy the tranquillity of the great outdoors and connect with your inner Alpha. Nothing like a trip to the Kruger to tame the corporate beast…

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In Your Bag: Practical style rules in the bush – A casual jacket and knitwear for the evening, polo shirts, cotton chinos, jeans, and comfortable boots. Needless to say, binoculars and bug spray are a must.

Hot Spots:

Madikwe Game Reserve – Whether you’re down for an authentic camping experience, or hoping to spoil yourself at a luxury five-star lodge; the Madikwe Game Reserve has numerous accommodation options to suit your level of outdoor adventure. Currently the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa, this hidden gem is one of the continent’s best conservation areas, and offers the opportunity to spot the ‘Big 5’ from the comfort of a malaria-free zone.

Shamwari Game Reserve –  Situated in the Eastern Cape; The Shamwari Game Reserve is one of the most successful, and responsible, private conservation initiatives in South Africa. Their luxury facilities, spectacular location and passion for the environment, make this an unforgettable safari experience.

The Cosmopolitan City

From white sandy beaches to Café Caprice, a holiday in Cape Town is about rewarding all your hard work with some much-needed play time.

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In Your Bag: Think laid back cocktails (all day) – A polo shirt, tee shirts, jeans, leather sneakers and a leather jacket for after sunset. Pack your laptop, sunglasses and a few cool  tech gadgets to pose on point when you get your morning coffee.

Hot Spots:

Bootlegger Coffee Company – This cool coffee chain has it all from a satisfying coffee-fix to free WIFI. There are a few scattered around the city, so you can take your pick – they’re all good.

The Silo Hotel – The newly opened Silo Hotel in the impressive architectural Silo District of the V&A Waterfront is a must-visit ‘it’ spot. Head all the way up to the Rooftop to enjoy a drink with a view of the entire harbour.


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