A conversation at the gym last weekend sparked this post about how you pack for a city break. My BoxFit partner was telling me about her forthcoming trip to Italy for 6 nights.
She hadn’t booked luggage and was unwilling to spend £60 with the airline (can’t blame her!). But she was equally panicking that she wouldn’t be able to fit everything in a carry-on. So she was plotting how she’d sneak some bits into her boyfriend’s luggage!
Packing for a short city break is the easiest type of trip to pack for. There’s no need to pay for hold luggage. It’s an unnecessary expense, costs time at the airport and adds a level of anxiety. If we do have to book hold luggage it’s always the most stressful part of a trip for me – the wait by the carousel!
So make it easy on yourself and with a bit of simple preparation you’ll find packing for a short city break is easy.
Where Do You Start Packing For A City Break?
This might sound blindingly obvious but consider the following:
- What are you going to be doing? Eg sightseeing, eating and drinking
- What’s the weather forecast?
- How long are you going for?
Choose A Colour Palette
Pick a basic colour and ensure that everything you take will go with that. I recommend no more than 3 colours maximum.
I’d recommend steering clear of black and white in hot weather. Black because it will reflect the heat and white? Well I just know how I can get in a mess wearing white. A white top simply tells you to throw chocolate ice cream over it!
How Many Nights Are You Going For?
Quick rule of thumb pack enough tops for each night you will be away.
You’ll see with my suggested packing list that I recommend wearing a top for slightly cooler evenings and then wear again the following day.
You don’t need as many bottoms as tops.
Shoes Take Up Space
I can guarantee that you will need half as many pairs of shoes as you think you do! The temptation is to take loads – I know I’ve been there!
You will need one pair of flats for walking and you can wear these for travelling to save space in your luggage. Pick the pair that you know you can walk in for hours. I really do recommend trainers for this as with the best will in the world you’ll get footsore in sandals or flip flops.
You will also need a pair of shoes for the evening. At the risk of sounding like your grandmother think about what you take. Your feet will be hot and swollen after a day’s sightseeing. Wearing tight strappy sandals that are really made for bar posing might not be your best option.
We went to Lisbon for our Wedding Anniversary several years ago. The one abiding memory I have of the trip is the night I spent with my ankle wrapped in ice bags. Why? I’d worn daft shoes and taken a tumble on smooth cobbles as I’d got out of the tram.
Accessories Transform An Outfit
You probably get bored of me say this but accessories are perfect for creating different looks.
A scarf or two (I’m feeling extravagant!) and/or a couple of necklaces will help create different looks. This works really well if you’re not sure about my idea to wear a top one evening and then again the next day.
If you’re planning to wear jewellery during the day just be careful – statement necklaces particularly metal can get really hot. You’re better off not bothering or choosing something dainty or at least non-metal.
Don’t Forget ….
The Sunnies! If you do forget and need to buy a pair when you’re away, be sure not to just pick up a cheap pair from a street vendor. You want the best possible UV protection for your eyes.
The same applies to sunscreen. Always go to a pharmacy or buy a recommended brand from a supermarket chain you recognize.
Oh and while we’re on the ‘don’t forget’ list if you think the weather may break while you’re away a compact umbrella won’t take up much space. If you need a jacket then wear this when you travel.
Recommended my List to pack For A 3-Night City Break
- Tops x 3
- Trousers x 1
- Shorts x 1
- Dress x 1
- Scarves x 2
- Necklace x 2
- Flat Shoes x 1
- Shoes for Evening x 1
If you prefer, substitute top 3 for a second dress and wear this on the second evening and the following day. Remember to pick dresses that you are happy to wear with flat shoes.
Scale It Up For A Longer City Break
If you’re going for a longer than 3 nights add a further top and pair of shorts or an extra dress. You don’t need to add a complete new outfit for every extra night you’re away. But the 3 night break is the basic capsule.
A LESS CLUTTERED LIFE…
Would you love to live a less cluttered life? How would it be if you were excited about choosing your outfit every day? What would it be like if your wardrobe only contained items that made you look good and feel fabulous?
In September I’m launching Become Consciously Stylish. It’s a program to help you if you want to:
- Look good every time you get dressed
- Feel good every time you put on your clothes
- Reduce the impact your wardrobe has on the planet
- Learn how to adopt a more minimalistic approach to your wardrobe
- Have more time and energy in your life
In September I’m launching the Conscious Style Challenge to help you create a wardrobe that works for you, expresses your style, saves you time and money in a sustainable way
BUT before I launch I want to test this program and that’s where I’d like your help If you’re interested please sign up and I’ll send you more information by 1st August.