Checked baggage is over. The micro trip is 2019’s biggest travel trend. Unless you’re travelling to a destination with temperature swings of more than 20 degrees, for a minimum of two weeks, with at least three kids in tow, you should be travelling with carry on luggage only. This is a no-brainer for a weekender trip, but what should you pack for your next city break? Consider this your (sartorially superior) check list…
What to Pack for a City Break
Let’s start with luggage. Since airlines (helpfully) differ ever so slightly in their carry-on allowances, opt for a universally acceptable option. Thule’s hair-side cases easily navigate over any terrain and feature TSA locks to keep the contents safe.
Thule Revolve Carry On Spinner, £349, thule.com
Cities are best explored on foot, so city breaks require lots (and lots) of walking. Your main footwear option for the trip should be comfort-first. Chunky on-trend trainers will look cool with jeans and a jacket, or with a silky slip dress and cashmere jumper.
Stella McCartney Eclypse faux-leather and faux-suede trainers, £455, selfridges.com
You’ll want to change out of your walking shoes in the evening for dinner and drinks somewhere fancy. Opt for mid-height statement mules that will feel special enough for a holiday.
Kurt Geiger London Dutchess Mules, £139, kurtgeiger.com
However warm the weather forecast says it’s going to be, you’ll likely need a light jacket for the evenings. This is our pick of the season.
Joules Imogen Denim Jacket, £79.95, joules.com
What sort of Brit abroad would you be if you didn’t expect a shower or two? Pack this cute little Hunter compact brolly to protect you from the rain.
Hunter Original Mini Compact Umbrella in Yellow, £35, hunterboots.com
Keep your travel documents, ID and currency in order with a chic travel wallet that will also double as a clutch for your evenings out. This Asprinal of London option is a timeless classic you’ll use over and over.
Aspinal Classic Travel Wallet, £130, aspinaloflondon.com
Keep your wardrobe functional for your city break, but have fun with your sunnies. Opt for an unusual shape, a bright colour, something with glitter; you’re on holiday, after all.
Saint Laurent Loulou heart-shaped acetate sunglasses, £255.79, net-a-porter.com
Choose a couple of dresses that will work for day or evening wear. A silk slip is the perfect option because it will look great worn layered over a cashmere jumper or jeans for the day, or with heels and statement earrings come evening.
Annie Bing Rosemary silk-satin midi dress, £465.07, net-a-porter.com
Pick the perfect jeans for your journey to and from your destination, and we bet you’ll wear them for the rest of the trip, too…
MIH Daily cropped straight high-rise jeans, £215, selfridges.com
Pack a handful of favourite T-shirts that you can layer under dresses or wear with jeans in the daytime.
Ganni Linfield printed stretch-jersey T-shirt, £42, theoutnet.com
A good quality cashmere jumper will take up barely any space in your case, but is the perfect layering piece if there’s an unexpected chill in the air.
Winser London Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper, £199, winserlondon.com
Statement jewellery, shades and scarves take up hardly any space, but will take your basic city break outfits to the next level, so pack a few pairs of bold earrings and some brightly coloured scarves in any spaces in your luggage.
Elizabeth Cole 24-karat gold-plated, crystal and stone earrings, £110, theoutnet.com
Space in the Case
Finally, don’t forget to leave some space in your carry-on for any local treasures you may find. Whether it’s jewellery, ceramics or local artwork, you’re sure to pick up the odd souvenir along the way…
Stay tuned for our guide to travel cosmetics, coming soon