What to Pack for a City Break

No need to pack everything you own for vacation. Instead of throwing lots of items you like into a case and hoping some of them would meld into three to six great outfits, go for versatile and must-have pieces creating three to five separate outfits before you left home and only pack them. Looking for must-have picks to make your packing a breeze, keep on scrolling to get some cues from our list.

Hat, Sunglasses, and Travel Bag

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Nothing says “relaxed” like a wide brimmed hat. Like Kristina Bazan, choose a floppy style for maximum coverage and slip on a pair of chic sunglasses that fit perfectly on your face shape. Square face woman would like to stick to rounded sunnies to give some curves to their angular bone structure while rounded face looks flattering on rectangular frames. You may go for trendy styles of sunglasses with chunky plastic rims, sleek wire rims, and fun lens colors but be careful of oversized ones if you have a heart face shape that obviously looks smaller. You may wish to save the designer sunglasses for home if you don’t want to flaunt that you’re a tourist! Make sure you don’t miss your flight with a chic jewelry that goes with everything casual as well as a tote bag that carries all your essentials.

Comfy Footwear

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Stilettos and classic pumps are definitely out of the equation as you’ll surely do a lot of walking on your vacation. Chic sneakers can be the most comfortable choice as long as you can dress them up with chic outfits. Espadrilles, flat sandals, oxfords, and leather sandals can be great choices that give you some comfort from their moderately low heels without compromising style. The right pair will go well with casual jeans, crisp button down shirt, chic shorts, breezy sundress and everything.

Reversible or Mix and Match Separates

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You’ll love how much reversible clothing can stretch your wardrobe as one day it’s a print, the next a solid. However, if you don’t have one, you may go for mix and match separates that are versatile enough to create multiple outfits. Skip those chunky knits that consume too much space on your case and trade them for lightweight knits, chambray shirt, chiffon blouse, button-down shirt, silk top, tank top, basic tee and such. Typically, a white button-down shirt can look fresh and new with simple tweaks like buttoning and unbuttoning them, rolling up the sleeves, cropping them, knotting them, wear it over a tank, and even doing the half-tuck with them making the staple a great vacation partner for you.

Casual Dress

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You may wish to travel in style and see the sights wearing your chic and comfortable dresses. So don’t hesitate to pack those casual dresses as long as they don’t demand a high maintenance. Just go for non-ironing fabrics, lightweight styles, and non-crumpling designs so you wouldn’t mind wearing them from your suitcase anytime. There will be some transit, so comfort is your friend. Whether you wish to dine on fine restaurants, stop in local cafés, visit the galleries, or go some shopping, casual dresses will be perfect for you.

Comfortable Sleepwear and Swimwear

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If you’re heading to a tropical destination, there will be beaches that you wish to plunge into. So don’t forget your stylish swimwear, sarong, cover-ups, flip-flops, as well as a maxi dress that can chase away chills at night as a shawl. Also, don’t forget your comfortable sleepwear whether it’s a boxer or pajama so you’ll get enough sleep on the nights you’re far from home.

Jackets, Coats, and Blazers

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Leather jackets, wool coats, trench coats, and printed blazer can be your finishing touches on your simple outfit so don’t forget to pack them. You may wish to go for neutral shades and neutral prints so you can wear them with any of your outfit, making your city break a great holiday while showing off your great sense of style.

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