What to pack for your city break

Heading off on a city break? Whether the trip was a surprise Christmas gift or you booked it yourself to beat those back-to-work blues, here are some essentials you just can’t leave home without...

Travel guide

While it’s true that everything can be found online nowadays, a travel guide has all the information you need in one place, and is a handy resource if you’re in a non-European city with data roaming switched off. So, while your travel buddy takes photos of your surroundings, you can be scanning the book to find the perfect lunch spot!

Comfortable walking shoes

You’re sure to rack up the miles exploring the many wonders of a city, so comfortable footwear is a must. Investing in some decent trainers or specific walking shoes will help to ensure that blistered heels and toes don’t – quite literally – stop you in your tracks.


It may seem like a strange item to pack, but a flask is worth taking along if you’ve got the room in your suitcase. Fill up with tea or coffee at your hotel, find the perfect bench to take a break, and enjoy a warming drink while city life whizzes by. You’ll save a fortune on expensive takeaways and be doing your bit for the environment too!

Extra layers

All that walking will help keep you warm, but it’s winter don’t forget, so make sure you pack plenty of layers – hat, coat, scarf, gloves and even thermals, depending on which city you’re visiting. It’s far better to peel off layers than to find yourself needing more.

Quality camera

The buzz of a city makes for many picture-perfect moments, from classic poses next to landmarks, to shots of locals going about their daily lives (with permission, of course). A quality digital camera will do the city justice – better still, pack one that doubles up as a video camera and capture footage of your adventure to re-live years later.

The GP Charge AnyWay

Don’t be tied to a wall socket when you just want to get out and embrace the day! The GP Charge AnyWay makes the perfect travel companion – not only does it charge your rechargeable batteries, but it doubles up as a PowerBank for when your phone or smartwatch needs a boost while you’re out and about. Plus, because it comes with lithium-free ReCyko+ batteries, you can store it safely in both your carry-on and check-in luggage (if you’re flying to your destination).

A diary

There’s something very therapeutic about putting pen to paper after a day of exploring, and you don’t need to be a wordsmith to keep a travel diary. As well as writing about the sights you see, food you eat and people you meet, use the diary as a scrapbook, gluing in everything from museum tickets to restaurant receipts. This diary, together with your photos and videos, will serve as happy mementos of your awesome city break. Bon voyage!


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