When heading off on a city break, we all know that ‘traveling chic’ also means traveling light. With the best intentions of finding the most gorgeous hotel in the perfect location, many of us fall at the final hurdle of city-breaking - packing. When visiting another city - even for only 3 or 4 days - this can quickly initiate panicked thoughts of unlikely situations for which you may need a whole host of clothes and cosmetics that even your most sturdy of holdalls won’t be able to contain. What’s a girl to do?
Fear not, because Team Fiorelli have got packing light down to a T - often visiting other locations for inspiration, or, just to see the sights, we are a group of worldly travellers who know a thing or two about packing just the right amount - and sometimes a little more...
The number one rule of city break packing is that planning is everything. If you have even a general an idea of the kind of activities you will be doing, it’s easy to have some foresight into your weekend wardrobe. For example, if you’re sight-seeing and taking walking tours, flat shoes are a must, and good news - sneakers are in for AW13! Flat shoes are easy enough to squeeze into a holdall or smaller suitcase, and we love these leopard-print slip-on sneakers by Carvela as the perfect way to brighten up your new-season style and work the animal print trend too.
Fiorelli's Tip: Wear your sneakers on your journey for a comfortable and casual look to travel in.
Planning each outfit is not just a space saver, but a time saver too. If you are able to create a capsule wardrobe for your trip, no longer will you find yourself in front of your hotel mirror changing looks long after you had planned on stepping out for your city adventure. Blue jeans are forever a style staple that go with almost anything - pack a small selection of tops to wear them with and you’ll give yourself back not only some of your baggage allowance, but also some of your time to explore. Pair your jeans with an essential grey jumper, or pare it down with a casual checked shirt.
Fiorelli's Tip: Roll your clothes rather than folding them flat when packing to create a surprising amount of extra suitcase space!
Toiletries always pose the trickiest aspect of packing light. Of course, the key is to keep things minimal and so we suggest holding back on the make-up on your weekend away. Invest in a good tinted moisturiser that doubles up as both a soothing cream and a light foundation - find one with an SPF included for an added bonus. Armed with a black khol eye pencil which takes up next to no space, transform your look from day to night with a smokey eye. Pack your beauty essentials in our bold green Juliet clutch to keep them together in transit, and then finish your look by toting this gorgeous bag out in the evening to save the need to pack extra accessories.
Fiorelli's Tip: Tried and tested, decant your larger toiletries (e.g. shampoo, conditioner) into smaller bottles to save on both room and weight with your luggage.