Avoid that checked bag charge without compromising on style…

Short city breaks are one of the best ways to see the world. In just a hop, skip and a jump (ok, and a few hours on a plane), you can be in Barcelona, Amsterdam or Stockholm. The world is your oyster… especially when Ryanair have a sale on.

City breaks are all about convenience – no jet lag, no complicated currency and no waiting around in the airport for your luggage. It’s cabin bags all the way, so we’ve pulled together our top tips to ensure you pack like a pro. Here we go!

Embrace the capsule wardrobe

Rule one of packing a cabin bag – don’t take loads of ‘stuff’. No one needs five pairs of shoes for a three-day break! For a weekend away, aim for the following:

  • A pair of jeans (we love these classic skinnies)

  • A dress (this cute colour block tunic can be dressed up or down)

  • A few basic t-shirts in white, navy and stripe

  • A denim shirt – wear it open over a tee or on its own

  • A light jacket (how about this timeless short trench?)

  • Trainers for day, flat pumps for night

  • A statement necklace (love this chunky rope version)

Roll up, roll up

When it comes to physically fitting everything in your case, clever folding is the key. Roll pants and socks and stuff them into shoes, fold clothing as flat as possible and put heavier pieces at the bottom. For delicates or clothing that’s easily creased, pack into a cotton laundry bag first and place right at the top.

Don’t forget your liquids

If you’re not checking in a bag, all your liquids (including makeup!) need to be in a clear plastic bag out of your suitcase. Use a zip-lock bag and pack everything in there – things like foundation, lipstick, cream blush and deodorant count as liquid, so don’t miss them! Everything must be 100ml or less, too, so decant larger bottles into small containers.

If you’re struggling to fit all your toiletries into a plastic bag, take out things like shower gel and toothpaste and buy them at the airport instead. Just make sure you’re through security first!

Keep tech safe

Most airlines let you take a handbag as well as a cabin bag, which you can use for extra storage. Swap your usual tote for a roomy rucksack and use it to keep your tech close by – pack your camera, laptop, chargers and power adaptors. You could even wrap your tech in clothing… it’ll stop your gadget getting bashed about and means you’ve got a few extra outfits, too!

Don’t panic

The only thing you really need to enjoy an overseas city break is your passport – everything else is just additional! So don’t worry if your favourite going-out heels just won’t fit in or you forget your lucky pants. You’ll still have a blast… and you can always buy another pair while you’re out there!

Jen Allison
Jen is an online writer with a penchant for rose gold jewellery and oversized knitwear. She’s a stickler for grammar, loves a good book and can’t get enough of Instagram.

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