Packing for a city break is a whole different challenge compared to packing for, say, a beach holiday, especially because of the unpredictability of inner-city weather.
On top of that, if you're travelling for work and therefore not wanting to take too much, it’s really important that you get the most out of what you’re bringing as well as avoiding wasting space on unnecessary items. Especially if you're wanting to find space to store your trading laptop to keep an eye on the markets while on the road.
It means solid preparation, planning and some useful packing advice is par for the course if you want a stress-free journey and it will also mean your trip is likely to go a whole lot smoother if you’re fully prepared.
So it's a good thing then that the personal styling gurus at Enclothed have put together this Essential 3-Step Guide to Packing for a City Break (cognac not included, unfortunately!)
1. The Holdall
There are lots of great luggage options currently available but one of the best has to be a Ted Baker holdall. It’s easy to over-pack for a city break, especially if you’re trying to plan for every possible contingency (not to mention those trading gadgets you can't bear to leave behind). But if it’s a short break the chances are you need hand luggage only which means you need to pack as light as possible.
A luxury Ted Baker holdall will make this job easier as they are the perfect size for hand luggage and will keep their shape well, thus protecting the contents. Not only that, it will coordinate well with any outfit and ensure you look sophisticated throughout the journey.
2. The Outfits
Rule number one when packing for any break is to consider the weather and choose your outfits accordingly. You can ill afford to turn up to an important meeting with clients, investors or future employers while looking like you've just dredged your way out of a sewer.
However, preparing for unpredictable weather is hard to do at home in the UK when you have a full wardrobe to choose from, so doing the same job with a small bag of clothes might seem like mission impossible.
Our first tip is to only take one pair of shoes as this will save plenty room for everything else. A great choice is a pair of brogues; they're versatile, classic and work well with smart or casual outfits. Another great space-saving tip is to take one practical yet smart jacket and wear it on the journey.
When it comes to clothing, it’s important to pack wardrobe staples in neutral colours which can be mixed and matched accordingly. Even if you’ve got an iron in your hotel room, you might not have the time to use it.
Take the hassle out of your trip by packing non-iron items. Such as an Eton shirt in white or light blue. Make sure you roll all of your clothes instead of folding them as this reduces the chance of creasing. A pair of slim fitting Lee jeans in dark blue or black are a great smart/casual option and will go with any colour.
3. The Essentials
Last but definitely not least, don’t forget the miscellaneous items like phone chargers, razors and a toothbrush. And, of course, if you plan on trading while away from your desk, then don't forget your laptop and something like a data dongle to ensure you can get online even if out of WiFi areas. If it helps you to stay organised, make yourself a checklist before you pack.
It’s easy to forget items that you’ll be using before you set off so have another look at your checklist before you leave the house. A watch is a must if you’ve got places to be while you’re away and don’t forget your sunglasses - even if it’s not sunny they’ll come in useful for hiding your jet-lagged (or *cough* hungover) eyes...