I hate packing, I always do it the last-minute and I am so overwhelmed that I tend to overpack. Seriously, am I the only one that stands in front of their wardrobe and discovers new things the day before leaving and then think “oh great this could look cute in front of the Eiffel Tower or on a cute in Amsterdam” even though you haven’t worn it in months or it doesn’t fit properly. Over the last few years I have found a way to reduce it dramatically, just tell yourself that the less you take the more space you will have to bring new things home. So here are some tips on how to pack for a city break…
Pack according to your trip. Okay this one might sound stupid but honestly really think about what you are going to do, how the weather is going to be like, how long you are going to stay. You don’t need to take a raincoat if you are going to Rome in the middle of Summer just as much as I know that I won’t need 5 books when I am going to a city as I never find the time to read. Take some time before you start to empty your whole wardrobe and ask yourself these questions.
Shoes! This is the hardest part for me. I always bring way too many shoes as you never know. The most important thing is that they are comfy. In a city you will walk a lot, and I mean A LOT! So take your comfiest shoes and maybe one pair that is a bit more fancy for an evening outfit or a day you want to look a bit more dressed up. Also think about a shoe that goes with everything so no pink one.
Combination is key. Make sure that you plan a colour scheme for your trip. Don’t take the rainbow, you won’t be able to wear everything. I tend to take basics like a white tee, a black cami, a pair of jeans. Your basics should really be basic, black, white, beige and maybe navy. Then you can add some pops of colour to combine them. Don’t go overboard with patterns neither, they aren’t your friends when you are travelling. If it is summer and you are a dress-lover like I am, they are a game-changer. You can wear they with sandals or trainers, day and night. You will have immediately have a whole outfit ready to go.
Leave some space. This one is especially for city breaks. Who doesn’t love shopping in another city?! I mean I LOVE it and I always make sure that I leave some space for some new pieces. Also if I take the plane I always have a small bag containing all my documents so it is a good idea to have a little spot left in your suitcase to store it when you are going on the plane (yep, one piece of luggage per person!) A few ways to save some space is to roll your clothes instead of folding them (goodbye creases), take miniatures and put things in your shoes. And if these things aren’t enough at the end of your trip, say hello to layering and a lot of sweating in Summer. – what aren’t we doing for that new dress?!-
Be comfortable. This is probably the most important one. Bring clothes that you feel comfortable in. Everyone eats more when they are on holidays so bring wider things. If you fear that your skirt is too short, then don’t bring it with you as you will have the impression that everyone looks at you. Bring things that you know suit you and you love wearing. I you feel comfortable you are directly happier, nobody wants to be in a bad mood during a city break.
I wish you all an amazing summer and I hope that one or two of these tips will help you to pack for your vacation.