This is our quick guide on packing efficiently for a weekend European city break. With just a few days to soak in the culture, cuisine, and scenery, every item in your bag needs to be a travel hero!
1. The Essentials
Start with the essentials. European weather in off-season can be unpredictable, so layering is key. Pack a lightweight, waterproof jacket - a lifesaver for those unexpected rain showers. Wear this through the airport if you can to save space in your bag. Choose a neutral colour that goes with everything. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as exploring the cobbled streets and hidden alleyways is best done on foot. Go for a pair that blends style with comfort.
2. The Wardrobe
When it comes to clothing, think smart and minimal. A pair of well-fitted jeans can be dressed up or down. Bring along a couple of basic T-shirts or blouses, which you can rotate. A nice dress or a shirt for the evenings will ensure you’re ready for a classy dinner or a night out. Obviously the time of year is crucial. You need to think about what you’re doing when over there, and pack appropriately.
Accessories are your secret weapon to making limited outfits look different each day. A scarf or a statement necklace can elevate your look and keep you warm. Sunglasses and a foldable hat not only protect you from the sun but also add a touch of glamour to your travel photos. Covid is still a factor so you could bring a mask you like.
4. The Tech
In the digital age, don’t forget your tech essentials. A universal adapter is a must, as European plug points vary. A portable power bank will keep your phone charged during long days of sightseeing. And, if you plan to capture memories, a lightweight camera or just your smartphone will do the trick. Are there any apps you can download before you go that will help you travel around? Do you need to think about data allowances on your mobile phone?
5. The Bag
Lastly, choose a comfortable and secure bag. A crossbody bag with zipped compartments is ideal for keeping your belongings safe while allowing you hands-free convenience. Make things easier by fitting everything into a bag that will work as carry-on luggage so you can get through the airport as quick as you can. Don’t pack your electronics at the bottom of the bag as you might have to take them out going through airport security.
6. The Little Extras
Don’t forget the little extras like travel-size toiletries, a good book for relaxed evenings. What about packing less to give yourself the chance to do some shopping at your destination?
7. Travel Insurance
Travel Insurance is a great way to help you relax on your holiday. Knowing that you are covered in the event of different mishaps helps put your mind at ease. It’s easy to set up, and could save you a lot of money in the long run!
Packing for a European city break doesn’t have to be complicated. Keep it simple and focus on what you need to make sure you enjoy yourself. Life is busy and stressed enough these days…don’t bring that with you!
AA Travel Insurance comes with 24/7 access to a GP as standard, as well as loads of other benefits. It’s easy to get a quote here, and let our friendly agents help you along the way. And don’t forget that you can get Multi-trip to cover you before, during and after your holiday!