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Packing for a weekend away is a lot like hitting a breakfast buffet – it's tempting to take four of everything, but you probably shouldn't. The heavier the luggage, the harder it'll be to fit into the car boot / overhead compartment / saddlebags on the back of a sherpa's mule, so pack light, take only the essentials and – bar a handful of holiday wares – relish the feeling of not being tied down to a swathe of inanimate objects for a few days.

city break outfit

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Take the outfit above, for instance, which includes all the essentials for a short-haul flight or road trip without compromising on style. And it fits neatly into a medium-sized backpack from Hong Kong outdoors brand Doughnut, which, in turn, fits likes a dream into an overhead compartment or in between surfboards in the boot of your mate's hatchback.


Stuffing a handsome camo coach jacket into your luggage is a good place to start – the padded canvas construction is lightweight, but substantial enough to keep you cosy on evening strolls. There’s always the chance of changeable weather in April and May, so use your head and keep your outfit adaptable. Pack layers that can be peeled on or off when necessary – you’ll need a breathable jumper and a quality tee (like this graphic Stussy number) to kick about in. A striped polo shirt will switch things up nicely for day two (not to mention offering some strong print-clash opportunities with the camo coat), while washed grey skinny jeans from Weekday offer a versatile base for the whole weekend.


Invariably, weekends away come with their fair share of pavement pounding, so arm yourself with a fresh pair of kicks that are high on comfort, like these Nike Air Max 95s. Finally, finish things off by packing a pair of sunglasses and a cap, and some chunky headphones through which to pipe those language podcasts you’ve downloaded and are definitely – definitely – going to listen to.