Packing List For Your Next City Trip

Hi everyone,

I’m Laura from and am thrilled to be guest posting here.  The lovely Nhi and I collaborated for some travel packing help and inspiration for your next trips. In this post, you will find a packing list for city trips and at my blog you can read a summer vacay packing list written by Nhi:

Packing for paradise: Check it out HERE!packing guide for spring and summer

A city trip is a great option for a nice weekend getaway or a welcome change to a beach vacation and I love to do that during the year. No matter if it’s Barcelona, Stockholm or Paris, you will always find certain items in my luggage or on my phone which will make the journey easier and more pleasant.

Packing city guide

  • Good walking shoes
    You want to have comfortable sneakers when you’re on your feet all day exploring the city. Doesn’t mean you cannot bring nice sandals for occasional events but you should be aware that your feet will thank you at the end of the day if you decide on a good pair of walking shoes.
  • Daypack
    A small backpack or handbag to hold all your belongings during the day.
  • Water refill water bottle
    Being on the run all day, you got to make sure to stay hydrated. 2 Liters is a must per day.
  • Casual cotton dress (long or short depending on the climate)
    This can be a great option to tour a city comfortably while still looking fabulous. And it will look super stylish on photos you take in the city center.
  • Camera gear
    Shoot it up and take as many memorable photos as possible, not only from the sights but also some crazy ones from you and your travel companions
  • Google offline maps or for navigation
    I know it isn’t an actual thing to pack but I feel like not enough people are using it these days. Technology is so advanced, so why not use it to navigate your route from sight to sight.
  • Foot powder against stinky feet
    Put some of that on your feet in the morning and you won’t sweat
    as much all day.
  • List of recommendations for food, sights and shops from locals
    Before a trip, I look for the # of the city on Instagram and then I comment under some posts, asking the people if they can give me any sort of recommendations. Most people in the travel scene are happy to help.
  • Band-aids for blisters
    Just in case you do get some blisters with your selected footwear. Those band-aids can be a life saver.
  • One nice outfit for going out
    For that certain high-end rooftop bar you want to sneak in to take a photo or invest some money in a nice drink or dinner. Some places have a strict dress code and you should be prepared for that. Maybe the cotton dress will work here, too.

Packing city guide

Since city trips usually last just a few days and you might prefer to travel with a carry-on only you should try to pack lightly. If you hesitate whether you should pack an item or not, LEAVE IT AT HOME! Also, make sure you wear the clothes that weight the most: I usually travel in Jeans, sneakers (hiking shoes when I want to bring them), a shirt and sweater on top. It also helps for the chill on the plane!

Packing city guide

Follow along the journey and let me inspire you with pictures and posts ?


Author: Laura Maria




  1. May 1, 2017 / 9:24 am

    Great post!
    Especially here in Rome you will need good walking shoes and offline maps. Also unlock your phone and use local sim, it’s very cheap and will give you good reception and at least 100 minutes of time (depending on the plan) to call taxis, guides, confirm bookings and so on.

      May 3, 2017 / 3:56 pm

      Hi! Thank you, but all credits for this post goes to my friend Laura! That’s a very great point actually. Luckily, my carrier allows me to use my service abroad without unlocking in many different countries so I haven’t had to worry too much as this. But before it was always a big hassle, and I would end up having to look for McDonalds, Starbucks, etc…in order to use free WiFi. ?

  2. May 1, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    These are great tips! And you’re right: good walking shoes are an absolute must! When I went on a city trip with a friend lat year, we only had a carry-on and so we could share essential things such as shampoo or toothpaste. This way, we saved a lot of space in our bagpacks! 🙂

      May 3, 2017 / 3:53 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you liked the post that Laura wrote. ? You’re absolutely right! I do that as well when I travel with friends. We assign toiletries and supplies to different individuals so we don’t end up carrying unnecessary doubles. It’s been very helpful! ?