As y'all know I was away for just under a week in London. Had a blast yadayada.. but I found it quite hard to pack for a city break, so I decided to put together what I'd pack on a future break! For packing for a city break, you want the option of a few outfits, but with limited space. I've become a master of packing, and could easily fit these into hand luggage. Wearing the bulky outfit to and from the Airport is key to make this work :) For a few days away you want to bring versatile pieces that you can mix and match. As you can tell I'm not exactly a light packer, but with 12 pieces of clothing you can do a lot! All can be folded up rather small so you can still bring your carry on!
A pair of black tights, denim jeans, a pair of denim shorts and black disco pants can take you anywhere. I'd bring disco pants rather than leggings, as they're as comfortable but can be dressed up. Pair the disco pants with the kaftan, and a statement necklace with black sandals and you've a nice night time look. Or you can wear it with a T-shirt and a leather jacket for a more casual look. You could also dress the kaftan down with denim shorts, and gold sandals. Basic tank tops are great as you can layer them, wear them on their own or underneath a Kimono, leather jacket and even a hoodie, if you're travelling and you want to be comfy! Once you pack a few basics you've quite a few looks you can achieve! I also always pack a few dresses, they're easy for a weekend away, as you're pretty much dressed once you throw one one. For a city break I'd pack two dresses. One dressy one, and one more casual dress. A Floral dress can take you from day to night. You pair it with converse during the day, for a cute girly look, and Sandals and a nice clutch for the night, for a dressier look. The casual dress is perfect for travelling or sightseeing/shopping It's cotton, so it's breathable and looks so cute with Converse. Pair it with a beanie, and leather jacket if it gets cold! Whack on a pair of aviators and you'll set to go.
These 12 pieces can be really mixed and matched, and the accessories which are mainly lightweight can instantly transform your outfit. When I travel I don't want to waste time on bringing a million and one things, that don't go with one another (been there done that!) When you're packing for a city break it can be quite daunting thinking of what to wear on each day, with the limitations of carry on luggage. I always seem to pack too many handbags, but yet only really stick to one that's easy to carry, and isn't too heavy. So the Zara "Office bag", and a neutral envelope clutch would be all you'd need. Jewellery can also transform a look, so if you pack a few statement pieces you're covered for everything. Even wearing a basic black tank, skinny jeans and a leather jacket with a statement necklace would work for an impromptu night out! No matter where I go I always packed a little scarf, as I always seem to get cold, so packing in on a neutral colour so you won't worry about getting chilly and clashing with your outfit (Am I the only one that worries about this?)
Overall when you're on a city break, you'll be sightseeing, shopping and dining out to your hearts content so you want to have everything covered. The best piece of advice I can give is to pack a few basic pieces with a few colourful items to make the most out of your baggage space!
Are you guys good packers?