Packing Tips for a City Break
If you’re flying off for a weekend city break, travelling with hand luggage is the most efficient way to go – but be sure to pack just what you need.
Before you pack, think about what you’ll be doing on your trip, and what the weather will be like. Make a list of what you’ll need, to avoid taking anything which adds unnecessary weight to your luggage.
Check your airline’s hand luggage regulations to ensure that your cabin bag complies with them. Its good to take a lightweight, durable, wheeled cabin bag, as well as a smaller bag for your documents and valuables. The smaller bag should fit inside the larger bag, in case your airline only allows one bag in the cabin.
To save time at the airport, check-in online in advance and print out your boarding pass. Pack this in your small bag, together with your up-to-date passport, itinerary, accommodation details, EHIC, travel insurance, foreign currency, bank cards, mobile phone, driver’s license (if you’re hiring a car), house keys and medication.
Clothes and Shoes
To avoid taking clothes which you don’t end up wearing, pack clothes which you can easily mix and match, and which can be layered for different temperatures. If there’s a pool or a spa where you’re staying remember to take your swimwear. Pack your sunglasses and sun hat in the summer and your warm hat, scarf and gloves in the winter. If you’re planning on sightseeing and walking a lot, take a pair of comfortable shoes. When packing shoes stuff them with your underwear and small items, then put them into plastic bags so that they don’t make things dirty. Wear your heaviest, bulkiest clothes and shoes for the flight.
All liquids, creams and gels in your hand luggage have to be in containers no bigger than 100ml and must fit inside a clear plastic ziplock bag which you can get at the airport (there’s usually a supply of these at the entrance to Departures). If you’re staying in a hotel, shampoo and shower gel will almost certainly be provided, so you don’t need to pack those.
Remember your camera, chargers and adaptor. To save space and weight in your case, instead of packing books, take a tablet loaded with reading material and guidebooks for your trip. Don’t forget to get Gadget Cover on your travel insurance.
If you forget something, you can probably buy it at the airport or in your destination.
Do let us know if you have any packing tips to add to our list!