City Break Packing List

Heading on a city break and don’t know what to pack? This packing list covers all the clothes, toiletries & miscellaneous items you might need for a cosmopolitan getaway!

City Break Packing List

If you are feeling the last minute stress of packing for your upcoming city break…Stress no more. I’ve created this city break packing list just for you. Use this as a starting point so you can rest assured that you aren’t going to forget anything important when you arrive at your destination!

City Break Packing List

City Break Packing List

Travel Essentials

The following travel essentials are all very obvious, but I figured it would serve as a good reminder to list them anyway!

  • Passport and any required visas
  • Travel insurance details
  • Flight/ train/ bus tickets (digital or printed)
  • Credit card + some local cash

City Break Packing List

Luggage

I’d highly recommend packing as lightweight as possible for your city break. The last thing you want to do is lug a heavy suitcase through the streets.

  • Lightweight cabin bag
  • Crossbody bag or backpack
  • Canvas bag for shopping
  • Cable tidy bag for electronics
  • Digital luggage scale

City Break Packing List

Clothing and Footwear

When planning outfits for your city break, the key lies in packing smart. You want to choose items that are comfortable, stylish and serve multiple purposes.

  • Pair of jeans or trousers
  • 3 x lightweight tops
  • Dress or skirt
  • Long-sleeved top for layering
  • Sneakers for comfortable walking
  • Dressy shoes for meals out
  • Boots (for colder destinations)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat or beanie (depending on the season)
  • Sunglasses
  • Jewellery
  • Underwear/ Sleek bra
  • Pyjamas
  • 3 x pairs of socks

City Break Packing List

Toiletries

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and conditioner bars
  • Cleansing wipes or soap bars
  • Moisturiser with SPF
  • Essential makeup items
  • Roll-up makeup brush bag
  • Perfume atomiser
  • Sun cream and lip balm
  • Hand sanitiser and deodorant
  • Feminine hygiene products

City Break Packing List

Electronics

  • Noise-cancelling headphones
  • E-reader or Kindle
  • Bluetooth luggage tracker
  • Worldwide travel adapter
  • Portable charger/power bank

Miscellaneous

  • Earplugs and eye mask for better sleep
  • Medications and first aid essentials
  • Reusable water bottle to stay hydrated

I hope this packing list helps ease the stress of preparing for your next city adventure! Let me know in the comments if there are any specific packing lists you’d like me to write next.

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