An Essential City Packing Guide

Unlike beach escapes where you can throw a few bikinis and a pair of flip flops in a case, city holidays need a carefully considered wardrobe. Whether you are jetting off to Budapest, Rome or Barcelona, your city break is likely to be action-packed with sightseeing and exploring. But what do you wear? With the wrong clothing, this can be a disaster — blisters and sunburn anyone? Thought not! Daniel Footwear is here to help — take a look at our essential city break packing checklist.


City breaks require comfortable shoes – but that doesn’t mean your style has to suffer. Thankfully, we’re in the midst of a 90s revival, meaning our trainers are bang on trend, as well as super comfortable.

After watching the sun set, you’ll have earned a cocktail or two after all of your exploring. We fully understand that you might want to add a touch of glamour to your evening outfit, and want to leave your Michael Kors trainers behind. Depending on what you have planned, you may want to take some heels with you — you can always take a taxi if it’s a long way away. Wedges are a popular choice, and they look great with both jeans and dresses.

Flats can be glamorous too – if heels aren’t for you, think sliders, Fitflop ballerina shoes or a pair of embellished sandals. Embellished sandals are a stylish alternative to heels, perfect for channelling that beach-to-bar look, while their added glitz adds a dash of glamour that every summer night needs.

Finishing touches

Sunglasses are the perfect finishing touch to your daytime style. Every girl needs a pair of sunglasses. They help you look stylish whilst protecting your eyes from the sun’s rays. Who doesn’t love a big pair of sunglasses? Partner your sunglasses with a sunhat for an instantly glamorous look. A sunhat is a timeless accessory that will shield your face from the midday sun, whilst making you look very chic.

Remember to pack some statement jewellery; bold jewellery will mirror the glitz and sparkle of your embellished sandals.


Choose a maxi dress to stay stylish on your summer city break. They are a true summer staple – cool and stylish by day, and totally glamorous by night when partnered with a pair of wedges and a chunky necklace – very boho.

The midday sun can get extremely hot, so if you are out exploring all day you’ll need light and floaty clothes to keep you cool. Cami tops, kaftans, floral playsuits and tea dresses are perfect, and totally on trend. They’ll even look great with your trainers. Fashion that’s comfortable, who would have thought it?

T-shirts are also handy, as they can be used to cover pesky sunburn. Wear them with denim shorts and they’ll keep you cool as you explore rest of the city.

Sun cream

It can get very hot when you are out and about during the day doing activities, and you might not realise the strength of the sun’s rays. Don’t forget to pack a high factor sun scream. You don’t want to ruin your trip with sore sunburn, or even sunstroke. Be safe and apply plenty before you head out into the sun.

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