How to Pack for a City Sightseeing Vacation

There’s nothing like a city break to bring out the sophistication in all of us. When packing for a city trip, you must have some stylish outfits with you that keep you functional and savvy. Whether you’re visiting the cafes of Paris, museum in Florence, shops of New York, or restaurants of Tokyo, keep on reading for our guidelines on how to pack for a city sightseeing vacation.

Look for items that pull double duty, chic, and simple.

classy nude jumpsuit

knitted navy bodycon dress with cap toe shoes black sweater with tweed tulip skirt

Since you’re visiting a city, look for items that pull double duty, with colors that complement each other. If you’re going to a fashion capital, you might want to add some statement pieces that will add some spice to your street style. In most cities, it’s hard to go wrong with basic black. However, try not to overstuff your bag, especially if you’ll go public transport on a bus or subway. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, a plain navy dress with a good stretch can be dressy and chic enough without looking over the top, perfect for your walk in town and dinners.

Invest in a pair of good walking shoes that could also be worn to a nice restaurant.

boho chic dress with mid calf boots tunic sweater with brooch and mary jane flats printed blazer with urban outfit

Though sneakers can be comfortable and effortless enough, you may invest in a pair of good walking shoes that could also be worn to a nice restaurant. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, a pair of Mary Jane flats can be chic enough to look polished with your tunic sweater and skirt. If you plan for a casual walk, some boots will look great when worn with dresses and skinny jeans. Just try them out before you go, as you don’t want to be limping through a city with blisters.

Opt for comfortable casual clothes for casual walks in the city.

casual grunge outfit with shawl urban outfit with gray long vest fall vest with grunge outfit

You can’t beat a pair of skinny jeans or stretchy black pants that can be worn while walking around during the day, and then out again at night paired with a dressier blouse or top. Like fashion blogger Masha Sedgwick, just opt for a plain top and a cardigan and wrap a shawl around your neck to complete your jet setter style.

Be discreet on your accessories.

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Instead of a backpack, look for a purse or bag that has a thick shoulder strap that can’t easily be cut, and can be worn messenger-style against the body to ward off thieves. A couple of colorful scarves don’t take up too much room, and can transform a boring outfit. Like fashion blogger Masha Sedgwick, add some flair to your gray outfit with a pop of plaid print scarf that can change up your look. A good rule of thumb is if you don’t want to lose it, don’t bring it. By heeding our tricks, you’ll be able to make your city vacation effortlessly stylish and enjoyable.

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