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Packing for a city break is a lot like tweeting – you have to get clever and repeatedly edit in order to wedge everything into a frustratingly small space. Fortunately, restricting yourself in this way can yield surprisingly good results. 

city break outfit

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Take the outfit above, for instance, which includes all the essentials for a short-haul trip to the continent 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 the overhead compartment, saving you the financial burden of extra baggage charges and leaving more notes in your travel wallet to spend on dangerously cheap wine.


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. Unless you’re heading to the southernmost tip of Europe, 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 Vans 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, city breaks 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.