City breaks are a fantastic way to explore the world and see famous landmarks, breathtaking views or even popular restaurants and bars. It is well-known that with city breaks, however, come long days out from early morning until sundown as you eagerly try to pack in as much sightseeing as you can. With that in mind, it is important to know what to pack for practically whilst maintaining a ‘city chic’ look.

Comfortable Shoes

Often, city breaks are slotted into a weekend packed full of activities where you only have three or four days to explore your chosen city and fit in visiting all the sights that you so carefully planned to see before arriving. For anyone familiar with city breaks, they’ll know that sightseeing means a lot of walking! Therefore, an absolute must-have for any city break, whether you’re exploring chilly Reykjavik or the sunny streets of Barcelona is comfortable shoes. It may be that you have a go-to pair of ankle boots or you decide to invest in a new pair of converse, whatever the case, make sure you don’t explore a new city without them.

Cross Body Bag

Every girls needs a stylish cross body bag to throw in their lipstick, mobile and cash. Choose a bag that can be doubled up as hand luggage on your flight that can fit all your important documents in but is also a trendy staple bag that can be worn for days, or nights, of exploring. Be sure to pack a sturdy cross body bag with zips rather than once with a stud press or clasp fastening to deter the pickpockets that, unfortunately, do sometimes work the streets of popular tourist areas. You may even choose to spend a little more on a high quality, luxury handbag to match the vibrant, affluent city. Whatever, your choice, choose a bag in a neutral colour such as beige, tan or black, so that it can be teamed with most outfits. We recommend packing a belt in a matching colour to tie in your accessories.

Comfy Basics

Pack some simple streetwear basics such as a graphic print tee or ribbed jersey bodysuit that you can wear with jeans or shorts during the day or dress up with a leather or pleated midi skirt and block heels for a fun evening outfit. Staple streetwear garments also have the added benefit of being extra comfortable for long days of activities.

A Versatile Jacket

Pack a jacket that can be teamed with multiple outfits. Whether it be dressed up for an evening of sampling the local cuisine in a traditional restaurant or dressed down look for days of sightseeing. A light denim jacket or a suede biker jacket is the perfect on-trend choice to create an effortlessly stylish look. For many years, layering garments has been an easy to master method of creating straight-off-the-catwalk style. Use your jacket as a top layer on top of a basic tee and patterned shirt for a contemporary look.


Capture the breathtaking places you have visited and memories made by taking a good camera on your city break. Nowadays, many people simply rely on their mobile phones to snap quick pictures so they can upload them straight to social media and impress their friends. However, if you want sharper pictures and a better zoom function, investing in a lightweight, portable camera is a must. An added bonus is that a lot of modern-day cameras have the ability to connect to wifi and upload your pictures straight to social media so you don’t have to rely on your mobile phone.

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