*The go-to city break style guide

Friday, May 03, 2019
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Clear your calendar for the weekend, it’s time for a city break! There’s nothing worse than checking in to your hotel room, opening your bag, and realising you’ve forgotten to pack your favourite pair of jeans, or you didn’t think about picking up a portable power bank. Your essential outfits will of course depend on where it is you’ll be jetting off to. From an educational trip around a historic city to a weekend of retail therapy in the top shopping cities in the UK, we’ve put together this guide to get you ready no matter what break you’re taking!

A weekend spent romancing 
Taking a city break with your special someone? This type of getaway is perfect for recharging your batteries, as well as getting some all-important together time with your significant other. No couple’s city break is complete without date night in a rustic eatery, sampling some exquisite dishes. So, the high priorities for packing are: Your favourite going-out outfit, whether it’s a glitzy dress or a sleek pair of high waisted jeans and a nice top Make-up (if you wear it!)


  • Face: Moisturiser, primer, foundation, concealer, translucent powder, highlighter, contour, bronzer, blush.
  • Eyes: Eyeshadow primer, eyeshadow palette, mascara, eyelash curlers, fake lashes.
  • Brows: Tweezers, eyebrow pencil, eyebrow brush, eyebrow pomade.
  • Lips: Sugar-scrub, lip pencil, lip balm, lipstick or gloss. 
  • Misc: Perfume, mirror, setting spray, make-up wipes, brushes, chargers


New city, new cultures 
Whether you’re spending time with friends or taking off on a solo adventure, visiting a new city is the perfect getaway. But getting lost in a new city is a little too much excitement. Make sure to pack the following:


  • Comfy walking shoes
  • A coat or hoodie in case it gets chilly!
  • An umbrella
  • Power bank for your phone (so you always have your phone GPS with you)
  • Chargers
  • Emergency money


Especially if you’re travelling to a city on your own, you should have some emergency funds tucked away from your wallet or purse. There’s a number of ways you can do this: you can invest in a money belt or security belt that has a hidden compartment or use a scarf with a secret pocket. A cheap crafty way is to take an old lipstick or lip balm tube, empty it and wash it, then roll up a note or two in there and pop it in your pocket! Adjust this suitcase with some of the items on our romantic city break guide to get a bit more dressed up for evenings spent mooching through the streets, enjoying traditional food and drink.

Sit back and relax- it’s time to go the spa 
Self-care is vital, and the growing trend in spa weekends is a way to guarantee some all-important time to yourself. And let’s face it, any trend that encourages us to slow down, take a breath and just relax is a trend we can get behind! Master spa etiquette before donning the dressing robe, and pack accordingly for optimum relaxation:


  • Your comfiest clothes — comfort over style here
  • Two swimming costumes; one to keep dry for treatments, and one for swimming in Flip-flops, for hygiene reasons
  • A bathrobe (the spa might provide one, but if you have your own favourite, take it!) Towels (better to be safe than sorry)
  • Hair ties and/or clips
  • A good book — definitely time for a digital detox here


Heading to a convention or gig 
From comic books, movies, TV shows, and musicians, gigs and conventions are the perfect opportunity to let your inner enthusiast out. Make sure you pack the right way to get the most out of these events! Other than your tickets, ID, and spending money, be sure to take:


  • Comfy shoes, as you’ll be on your feet a lot 
  • An outfit that tells the world what you’re a fan of! Whether it’s your favourite band shirt for a gig, or a geeky reference on a hoodie, this is the place to show it off 
  • Deodorant, and a mini-deodorant for when you’re actually at the venue. These places can heat up fast with the amount of people packed into the hall, so you’ll need a top-up 
  • A portable charger for all those photos and videos! 


With this guide from Trilogy Stores, you’ll be all set for your weekend away in a new city. Follow our checklist next time to ensure you have the vital components to a great weekend away!

What are your go-to city break essentials? What do you think of these ideas?

*collaborative post

23 comments

  1. Wow I wish I could go on a city break! I think we'll head to Edinburgh later this year fingers crossed x

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  2. Great ideas, I love little breaks away with my husband. 🌸💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

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  3. Comfy footwear is my number one city break essential! xx

    Beautylymin | L'Occitane Perfume Giveaway

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  4. Comfy shoes are a must on any break x

    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  5. Comfy shoes, usually my converse at my go to for exploring new cities xx

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  6. The shoes are the biggie for me - I tend to walk miles and miles every day when I'm on a city break!

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  7. I feel like I need a good mix of everything when it comes to a city break!

    Danielle xx
    https://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  8. I love a city break - just a couple of days away from the 'norm' are exactly what you need sometimes
    Em x

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  9. Comfortable walking shoes are an absolute essential! x

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  10. Old age has really shown me the need for comfy shoes ha.

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  11. The last time we had a romantic getaway together was over 6 years ago. We went to Rome and it was such a beautiful place to visit.

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  12. This has made me really want to go on a city break! x

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  13. I am such an over-packer, even with city breaks haha. You've really made me want to go on one now!
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

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  14. I always carry an umbrella with me wherever I go!


    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  15. I need to get away again soon, I miss exploring new places!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  16. This is such a handy guide, I always take too much of the wrong thing

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  17. I love going on city breaks, this is such a good idea xx

    Tiffany x www.foodandotherloves.co.uk

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  18. Great tips! I love travelling SO much xx

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  19. Great tips x i love a good city trip x

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  20. This is such a handy little post! x

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  21. Such a useful guide to go back to with packing

    https://littlemissmelanie.com/

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