Putting together a practical travel wardrobe for a short city break can be challenging. Depending on you destination, how long you’re planning to stay and what the weather is going to be like, you need clothes that can multitask and mix and match effortlessly. You may also want to fit everything into cabin luggage, with some room to spare for the inevitable shopping in your destination. No, packing for a 6-day city break is definitely not an easy task.
But it’s not an impossible task. Provided you accept a few caveats. Most importantly that your travel wardrobe is never going to be perfect, and you just have to make the most of what you’ve got. And that there’s always going to be something you wish you’d packed, and something you could have done without. After that it’s just a matter of finding your ‘key pieces‘ and adding separates that you can mix and match endlessly.
Find your ‘key pieces‘
For my recent city break to Barcelona (6 days, cabin luggage only), I decided on a colour scheme of mainly navy and burgundy, and found a few ‘key pieces‘ in those colours (i.e. these striped trousers, another pair of navy trousers and the burgundy poncho from my last post). Everything else should go with all of these key pieces. In other words, I just added one long-sleeved top, a few t-shirts, a cardigan and a scarf.
What about shoes and bags?
Well, I had packed 2 pairs of shoes (or actually, I had packed one pair of flats as I was wearing my new Adidas on the flight over). As it turned out, I never even wore the other pair, not once. It was a bit cool (and windy and rainy), so ballerina flats were really not the best option… So, even though I think it’s always a good idea to pack two pairs of shoes, in this case the other pair was one of the items I could have done without ( I also packed way too many t-shirts, but would have needed another long-sleeved top. Well, live and learn…)
And bags… Well, when it comes to bags, I have only one advice to anyone planning a trip to Barcelona: get a crossbody bag. Yes, it’s lighter, and easier when you go sightseeing, blah-blah-blah… Never mind all that. Barcelona has pickpockets and bag snatchers. A crossbody bag is the simplest way of keeping your valuables safe. And yes, I packed two bags: a salmon pink Furla crossbody and the clutch/crossbody you see here. This bag is made of cork (a souvenir from Madeira), weighs nothing and packs really well. Otherwise one bag would have been enough.
cardigan: Esprit / trousers: Ril’s / t-shirt: Jigsaw /
bag: Artipel / sunglasses: Nina Ricci / scarf: A + more (old) / shoes: Adidas
location: El Born, Barcelona
How do you put together a travel wardrobe?
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