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4 must-haves for any city break

Updated: Jul 29, 2019

City breaks have never been more popular. The appeal of dashing away somewhere new and exciting without taking too much away from the demands of work is proving popular among young travellers. If you are looking for ideas as to where to go then it is worth looking at Ben Groundwater’s excellent destination guides for 1Cover. But what are the keys to having a fantastic time when you do go? Well, here are four must-haves for any city break.

1. A good pair of trousers

One of the key cornerstones of any good outfit for a city break is a fantastic pair of trousers. They need to be adaptable enough to wear during the day and night, and they also need to be comfortable and stylish. When you go on a city break, you want to travel light and not be weighed down by too much luggage, so if you can get away with one fantastic pair of trousers that covers your sightseeing, meals out, cocktails and travel, then you will be well ahead of the game.

2. Comfortable shoes

Perhaps the single most important piece of clothing you will choose for your city break, your shoes are something you must get absolutely right. The likelihood is that you will be doing a lot of walking on your city break, you want to see the sights, eat at all the best places and stay out as late as you possibly can. Rather like your trousers, you ideally need to find a single pair that are comfortable enough to wear during the day for those many thousands of steps you will take, and stylish enough to wear out for dinner. Be very careful about choosing brand new shoes - you are better off taking a pair of well-worn ankle boots or pumps with you, rather than taking something new and leaving yourself with sore feet.

3. A good jacket

During European city breaks, in particular, the weather can be unpredictable. So, a jacket will be an important part of your armoury - both for the day time and at night. Again, you need to look for something that is flexible enough to keep you warm when it is cold and stylish enough that you can wear it day and night.

A light, simple jacket that won’t weigh you down (and yet still provides some protection from the elements) may be just the thing you need.

4. Lightweight layers

Layers are the key to any good wardrobe for a city break. Make sure you pack plenty of options, with T-shirts and tops that are able to go under jumpers, cardigans and jackets, layered up over jeans and good trousers. For extra versatility (and portability), you could even pack trousers that can double-up as shorts! A balance needs to be made between packing light, and carrying enough different options to deal with changing weather. If you can do that, you will have a fantastic time whichever city you choose to visit.

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