What I Pack for a European Winter City Break with Hand Luggage Only!
Packing for a Winter getaway can seem hard. Especially when you have hand luggage only as Winter jumpers, scarfs and boots take up so much more room than Summer dresses, sandals and shorts.
I am an optimist though so in some ways I think it’s a bit easier to pack for Winter Trip in Europe.
Firstly because you know what the weather is going to be like in Winter – cold!
Secondly, I feel you need less outfit choices because generally, in terms of photos anyway, no one sees what you are wearing under your coat or jumper, and wearing the same black jeans for 3 days straight doesn’t seem as noticeable.
Plus there’s no desire to wear anything different to go out for dinner in as it’s so cold the idea of changing into a thinner top isn’t that attractive!
Also, you’ll wear one set of clothing on the plane as its likely it’ll be cold where you are flying from too so thats one less set of bulky clothes to pack.
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I’ve been on quite a few European Winter Weekends away that have been rather cold (Vilnius, Amsterdam, Riga, Cotswolds,Basel,St Anton & Hamburg) and I feel like I’ve figured out and perfected the art of what to pack using hand luggage only to ensure I optimise the space in my case and don’t waste space with bulky wooly items I won’t end up wearing!
I’ve also not been overly cold whilst on these trips which is a huge plus so my obsession with layers has worked!
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My Recommended Packing List for a European Winter City Break (2 or 3 nights) using hand luggage only, plus tips:
2 x Thick Jumpers – Travel in one and pack the other. (I love Winter jumpers from H&M as they’re great quality for a good price!)
1 x Black Jeans – Travel in them and wear them throughout and hope you don’t get your dinner down them! (I love Topshop jeans!)
They were gifted to me but honestly, compared to my black ankle boots they have been a game changer in enabling me to walk even further due to their incredible under foot comfort. They are also waterproof so they keep my feet dry and warm and they’re really not as un-attractive as walking boots initially sound!
I pack all of this into my Red Tobago Revelation cabin case which I love! I’ve been using this for most of the year and it’s still in great condition despite being dragged around a lot of cities and I swear I’m never going back to a 2 wheeled case again!
Remember that one set of warm clothes is what you’ll wear on the plane anyway, including your coat, so that’s one day’s outfit done!
Don’t worry about re-wearing jeans, vest tops etc, that’s just the nature of the winter space game I’m afraid!
Take 2 hats and 2 scarfs which are different colours to each other and mix them up to help show in photos that it is indeed a different day as you are wearing different accessories. (Example below of a pink day and then a red day in Riga!)
I hope this insight into my suitcase gives you some inspo on what to pack for a Winter City Break!