I’ve had a few requests for a packing post recently, and more specifically, what to pack for a city break. So, I dreamt up a weekend in Barcelona with Nick next weekend and put my packing cap on. (I actually loathe packing more than picking up my children’s socks, but strangely, packing for a pretend trip was a lot more enjoyable.) In reality next weekend will be spent ferrying children around to parties and various sporting/dance activities, but I am plotting a weekend getaway for just the two of us in the Summer, grandparents willing. *crosses fingers*
I would always try to fly without hold baggage for a weekend break. Restricting yourself to hand luggage minimises your airport time, leaving you more time to explore/unwind/ argue about the directions to the hotel. (If you are a couple that can navigate your way to an unknown location spat-free, please tell me your secret!)
It does mean that you have to be a little more organised when it comes to toiletries, and a little more thoughtful about your outfits. So hopefully this post will, at the very least, remind you of items you already own and serve as a checklist.
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Sunglasses – Saint Laurent £270 – Sunglasses are my ‘cannot-leave-home-without’ item. Weirdly the one thing my husband usually forgets. These are a cat eye which is a shape that suits most faces.
H&M Girlfriend Jeans – £34.99 – I usually travel in a comfortable pair of jeans if it’s a short flight. I have a pair of these girlfriend style jeans from H&M and they are really comfy. If you aren’t a fan of rips, then they also have a wholesome version for £24.99 Yes, I agree, ten pounds for a slash across the knee seems ludicrous! That’s fashion maths for you.
Veja Canvas Trainers – £80 – Trainers are a must for a city break as you are likely to be doing a lot of walking. I really love these organic cotton canvas trainers. The rubber on the soles is sourced from the Amazon rainforest.
Cotton Striped Beach bag – £51 from Maisons Du Monde – I usually take something like a basket bag as my handbag when travelling with hand luggage as it allows you to carry more. This one seemed a little more city appropriate and you can’t beat a neutral stripe.
Suede sandals – Mango £29.99 – I REALLY LOVE THESE SANDALS. Sorry, I had to shout that because they are SUCH a good price and would be SUCH a good buy. I can’t justify them as I already have a pair of black Loupe slides from Dune – so please will someone buy them and enjoy them for me?!
Round Cleo Bag – Aurora London £100 – I am a huge fan of the simplicity of Aurora London Bags. The quality is excellent and they are such a brilliant brand for those who want the designer look at an affordable price.
Boden Swimsuit – £60 – You would struggle to find a more flattering, well priced swimsuit. My best friend wore the Santorini in Greece last year and I promised myself I would buy it before our summer holiday.
I hope that has been helpful. I feel like I have neglected toiletries which is often the hardest part when travelling with hand luggage, but perhaps it’s best to save that for a post on it’s own. Essentially, I try to pack sample sizes of anything I have or sometimes I decant into little pots. If you have your favourite brand, you could even ask for samples at your nearest Space NK.