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City Break Packing List for a Weekend Away

What items to put on your weekend city break packing list

Are you planning a short break away to explore one of the many amazing cities around the world? Whether you’re just having a day-break or taking a long weekend off work, we’ve produced a city break packing list guide to help pack everything you’ll need for your city break. Working with a range of travel companies and travel bloggers including Emily Luxton, Along Dusty Roads and Two Scots Abroad, Water-to-Go has accumulated a wide knowledge of some of the best items to bring with you on no matter which city you are exploring. So if you’re off to New York, Glasgow or Rome we’ve got you covered.


Small Suitcase to store as Hand Luggage

As you’re travelling away for only between 1 and 4 days you probably won’t need a massive suitcase to pack you things. Therefore a good tip is to pack your things in a small hand-luggage sized suitcase. This will firstly be more convenient as you will be carrying less weight around with you to and from the airport, plus you can save money by not having to pay for a bigger suitcase. Make sure to check the dimensions of your suitcase against the restrictions of your chosen airline, which you can usually find on their website.


City Guide for your Destination

If you’re not overly familiar with the city you are visiting or have some extra time to kill, a good idea may be to get yourself a guide to the city. A good city guide will give you the best places, venues and activities to visit and do, and help you explore even more of the city. You can most likely buy yourself a tourist guide when you arrive, however a more convenient and eco-friendly method is to download a city guide app.

Lonely Planet provide a fantastic app which gives you guides, tips and advice for over 8,000 destinations worldwide. This app is perfect for finding the right activities and places for you, both when planning for a trip and whilst you’re out there exploring the city.


Backpack/ Shoulder Bag

Something to carry the souvenirs in! Bringing a backpack, or some form of bag is going to be a very good idea, especially if you are planning on a lot of out and about activities around the city. As there’s likely to be a huge range of shops around the city, carrying a lightweight bag with you is an ideal bit of kit for carrying anything that might happen to catch your eye.


Osprey provide a range of brilliant backpacks for all sorts of holidays. They have a range of lightweight backpacks perfect for city breaks, so you won’t be lugging around a heavy, uncomfortable backpack and can freely roam around the city.


Reusable Filter Water Bottle

Firstly, bringing a reusable water bottle is a great idea to help cut down on your consumption of single-use plastic bottles. However, getting access to clean, safe drinking water can be difficult in some countries, with tap water not always being safe to drink. This is why it’s a good idea to put not only a reusable bottle on your packing list but make it a reusable filter bottle.


Getting yourself an advanced filter bottle will mean you can drink from any water source without having to worry about illness. For example, the Water-to-Go filter bottle is able to filter out up to 99.9999% of micro-biological contaminants, meaning you can use it to safely drink from any tap in the world and you’ll never be forced to revert to environmentally disastrous single-use plastic water bottles. In fact, just one 50cl filter can replace up to 260 single-use plastic water bottles, so will be more than enough for your weekend away!


Pack Clothes according to your City

Depending on your city of choice, you’ll need to consider what clothes to pack. Packing clothes for Krakow can be a very different job to packing clothes for Barcelona, so make sure to wrap up warm for cold destinations or bring your shorts for the warmer locations. You’ll also want to consider how active you’ll be during your trip. Packing comfy footwear is probably a good idea if you’re going to do a lot of walking around the city for example.


First-aid Kit

Include a small first-aid kit in your city break packing list as there’s nothing worse than feeling ill on your holiday, plus if you’re only away for the weekend it can end up ruining the whole trip. To avoid this make sure to bring some basic painkillers that you would usually use (paracetamol for example) as well as any medication that you would normally take when at home.


Travel Essentials

Not necessarily specific to a city break, but always make sure to double-check you have your usual travel essentials. Be sure to consider which important documents, items, etc. you will need for your specific journey, but some things you’ll probably need include:

  • Passport
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flight Tickets
  • First Aid kit
  • Personal Medication
  • Local Currency


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