Packing for a three or four night trip with hand luggage only is tough – who’s with me? Being the over-packer that I am, I really have to think carefully about what i’m actually going to need rather than stuffing three coats and two pairs of impractical shoes into my (too small) carry-on. What’s practical really this all depends on the location of your trip and the average temperature at this time of year, however most of the European cities i’m likely to visit for a few nights are pretty chilly. In preparation for my trip to Rome in January (yay!), I thought I’d share my city break essentials for when you have limited bag space.

Winter city break

An everyday coat. I have so many different styles of coats in varying colours and prints, and although that leopard print coat looks amazing, it’s probably going to clash with the printed blouse i’m planning on packing. I try to opt for a neutral coat, usually camel, grey or black that will work with the rest of my items.

Fine knit jumpers. I’m all up for chunky cable knits and would totally be stuffing them into the space left in my boyfriends bag if he let me, however when you’re not sure about the weather fine knit jumpers are the way to go. They’re easy to layer and take up less space in your bag.

Comfortable shoes. If you’re like me and enjoy walking around cities rather than hopping on the underground, trainers (or whatever your most comfortable shoes are) are a must. Seriously, you’ll regret only packing those super pretty mules that make your toes bleed. I usually squish a pair of Nikes – again, in a neutral colour – into my bag and then wear a pair boots or brogues travelling to ensure my bag is as light as it can be.

Tailored Trousers & Culottes. Im sure we can all relate with the loss of circulation our skinny jeans cause when sat in the same spot for a few hours. Wearing more loose trousers ensures maximum comfort whilst travelling, and still looks put together.

Blouses. I usually take a couple of shirts or blouses that can either be dressed up with jeans and boots or can be worn under a knit. Ones with a cute collar or pussy-bow always work are my personal fav.

Handbag. I like to take a handbag that’s comfortable to carry, has a long enough strap to be worn across body, and can fit everything I need on a day-to-day basis, like my phone, lipstick, and passport.

Hats. I couldn’t leave the country and not take a choice of hats with me. If the weathers looking like its going to be on the cooler side, I’ll take a woolly beanie (with a pom pom of course) to keep me cosy, and also a wool fedora to make me feel 100% cooler than I actually am. NB: wear a larger hat that you don’t want to squish into your bag on the plane.

I’d love to know how you pack for a short city break – whether you plan your outfits in advance or just through in a few key pieced to mix and match like I do!

Posted by:Rebecca

Hello! I'm a pint-sized marketing graduate in Edinburgh. I spend too much time scrolling through Instagram, drinking copious amounts of coffee and thinking about what colour of lipstick works best with my outfit.

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