Summer Packing Essentials Vol. 2 – The City

Hi everybody!

Those of you who are going hiking or to the mountains, I’ll have something for you very soon! Since I haven’t actually been hiking properly, I need to do some research for that one before writing it;) (Edit: I got a guest post on hiking packing essentials!)

The following list is for the city-trippers! As you can probably imagine, a packing list for a city trip will look very different from one designed for a beach outing. Oh, and if you haven’t checked out my beach packing list yet, you can do that here.

I’m actually going to a few cities this summer, so this list of essentials is definitely going to be a useful reminder of what to bring. 

City packing list pin

Here we go:

  1. Card Holder

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I know that us girls like our big wallets where you can literally put EVERYTHING, like 10’000 loyalty cards, cute pictures of us with our friends, and so many coins. Yes, I do that too.

But, if I’m traveling, I usually don’t like lugging around my giant wallet, since I have to fit a lot of other things in my handbag, like a bottle of water, or wet wipes, or a digital camera (I’m old school like that).

That’s why I purchased this handy Dardon card holder, so I can bring the most important things (money, debit/credit cards, ID, business cards) using a minimum of space. It has 2 card slots on each side on the outside and the 2 strappy compartments on the inside. This is also an awesomely unisex product. The leather feels very high-quality and nice!

Leather Card Holder

And it’s MAGIC. No, really. So if you put something in the straight straps on one side, and you open the wallet from the other side, your stuff is magically held by the crossed straps. Crazy, right?? If you can’t imagine what I’m talking about, you’ll just have to get the wallet and see for yourself.

  1. Plug Adaptor

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Ok, this one is kind of unsexy, but necessary. Due to the fact that a lot of different countries have different plugs, you’ll want to purchase at least one of these, so your electronics don’t die. I tend to go for universal ones, because I’m too lazy to purchase multiple adaptors. Makes sense, right? So, for this summer, I got 2, because I’m paranoid about one breaking and me being left without my phone (the horror)!

The first one has interchangeable plugs (which might be a bad thing if you’re prone to losing these small bits), but it has 4 USB ports, which is why I got it. I usually plug in 4 things at once.

Red universal plug adaptor

The second one I own is a cube and the plugs all come out of it by sliding a lever. This is of course handier as you don't risk losing parts. However, this one only has 2 USB ports.

Blue universal plug adaptor

  1. Comfortable Shoes

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So many possibilities for shoes to wear in the city! But ideally, you want something that’s comfortable to walk in, and where ideally, your feet don’t get grimy from the streets. That’s why I often opt for stylish but comfy trainers (sneakers for North America, I don’t even know what language my blog is actually in at this point).

Nike Roshe Two Flyknit Shoes

I recently got these, and they're soooo comfy! And they don't look too sport-focused, so I feel quite fashionable walking around in them. When I'm daring, I even pair them with a skirt. Screw you, unspoken fashion rules! Obviously, guys can do the same, and wear a pair of casual trainers.

For more awesome trainers that you can wear on holiday as well as for running, check out this review!

Timberland women's summer open-toed sandals

For the sandal-aficionados, there’s always the open-toed strappy sandal. I wouldn’t go for very high heels, but that’s just me. If you can walk around a city for a day in high heels, good on you!! I can’t do it… Guys, you can also wear sandals! (Just don’t wear them with socks, please… :P)

  1. Headphones or Earphones

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Headphones actually belong on ANY trip, in my opinion. But they’re here, because I often find myself walking through cities wearing them and listening to music to partially block out traffic sounds. Don’t turn the music up too loud, or you might get hit by a car. Not good.

Just like with sunglasses and water bottles, I own many many different sets of headphones and earphones. Something like 5 pairs, to be honest. Which makes me kind of an expert (I would love to think.)

Anyway. I own a pair of Sennheiser Momentum in-ear earphones that I use everyday during my commute, and for other day-to-day activities. They have decent sound quality and are quite sturdy (you know, for those instances when they get caught and yanked out of your ears, and the world ends for a second…). They don’t stay in my ears that well, though. Might be because I have oddly-shaped ears, or it’s the earphones.

Sennheiser Momentum in-ear earphones

Then, I own a pair of Sennheiser Momentum headphones, and they’re AWESOME. Great sound quality, and great value for money. BUT, I can’t keep them on my ears for a long time before it starts hurting. So these I use for train or plane journeys of 5 hours continued use or longer with breaks in between.

Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones

  • Sennheiser Momentum Headphones (various colours, for Android/iOS, be careful which ones you get): Amazon US, UK, ES, DE, FR

For sports, I have a pair of Monster Bluetooth earphones. They stay in really well, have good enough sound quality for working out, and the cable-free setup is quite handy. However, the strap at the neck annoys me sometimes, so I tuck it into my sports bra at the back. They charge via a normal micro-USB cable (like Android phones), and 1 charge will usually last me 3 1-hour workouts with music at full blast.

Monster iSport wireless in-ear earphones

For something to listen to with your awesome new head-/earphones, check out this playlist🙂

  1. E-Reader

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Trust me, I’m a big fan of paper books. I’m an avid reader on holidays and I would love to bring all of my books with me. But, I never have enough space or luggage allowance to do that:( So, last year, I opted for a Kindle. It’s so practical!! It weighs so little, I take it with me in my handbag.

Amazon Kindle Voyage

Then, when I see a coffee shop where I want to take a break from walking around, I sit down, get my Kindle out, and read. Simple! The battery life lasts forever, because you’re not connecting to the internet when you read, and mine adjusts its backlight according to the outside lighting conditions. So handy.

I will definitely be bringing it on each one of my trips so I can read on the plane, on the train, at the beach, in a coffee shop, in bed at the hostel/hotel…Endless possibilities!

  1. Travel Bag

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No city-tripper post would be complete without a good travel bag. I have one by Freitag for weekend trips. I also ordered a Hershel backpack for week-long trips or as hand luggage on longer trips since I am a big fan of backpacks (not so hard on the shoulders).

Hershel Little America 51 cm grey backpack

  • Hershel Little America backpack (various colours): Amazon US, UK, ES, DE, FR

In terms of handbags, I am the proud owner of a Longchamps bag, for fancier occasions such as business trips. For more casual city-tripping, I would recommend the tote bag that I mentioned in my other list, or you could go for something closed, like a little cross-shoulder bag.

Longchamps red bag

  • Longchamps Le Pliage Tote (various colours): Amazon US, UK
  • Different brand version on Amazon ES, DE, FR

For guys, I would say either bring a backpack like the Hershel one, or a draw-string bag as mentioned in my previous post as well.

Hopefully, that has given you an idea of what kinds of things I tend to bring on my city holidays! I also hope that you enjoyed this list, tune in soon for more!

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Helene is a lifestyle blogger whose goal is to inspire others to live their life to the fullest. She loves dancing, and she would love to see as much of the world as possible!

22 Comments

  1. Fumiko
    June 10, 2017

    Thank you for recommendation! The travel bag you recommend is really cute!

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 10, 2017

      Thank you! I really appreciate it:)

      Reply
  2. krista
    June 16, 2017

    this is an awesome list! so helpful, i wish i discovered it earlier!!

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 16, 2017

      thanks, appreciate it:) also check out my beach packing list when you have time!

      Reply
  3. Jen
    June 16, 2017

    I can totally relate to this! Keep it light, keep it easy. Most of the things you suggested are already part of my trips.

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 16, 2017

      Awesome! Yes, I think keeping it simple is key, otherwise you never have space left for things you pick up on your trip:)

      Reply
  4. Natalia
    June 16, 2017

    Really great suggestions here!

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 16, 2017

      Thank you!

      Reply
  5. Edoardo Pucciarelli
    June 17, 2017

    Thank you for your advices! Without my power plug I couldnt travel, I have one similar to your and provided of some USB ports too.

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 17, 2017

      You’re welcome, thanks for your kind feedback!:) I know, power plugs are essential if you want to stay connected to the outside world!

      Reply
  6. EG III
    June 17, 2017

    I couldn’t imagine traveling without my kindle. It’s definitely been a life-saver during long trips

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 17, 2017

      I know right? Especially in transit!

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      1. EG III
        June 17, 2017

        Exactly…and I got the fire version so that I can listen to audiobooks as well 🙂

      2. Helene Choo
        June 17, 2017

        Awesooooome

  7. findworldsbeauty
    June 17, 2017

    Thanks for sharing, some very interesting recommendations, will definitely check them out:)

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 17, 2017

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
  8. digitaltravelg
    June 17, 2017

    Fantastic round up of items, thanks for sharing..

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 17, 2017

      Thanks!!:)

      Reply
  9. Laura - Learning to Adventure
    June 17, 2017

    Some really great tips – a USB power adaptor is on my absolute essentials list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 17, 2017

      Thanks a lot! 🙂

      Reply
  10. Akshay Malhotra
    June 22, 2017

    Nice tips! I like the way you have given more than one option in each of the above items. I like that 🙂

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    1. Helene Choo
      June 22, 2017

      Thank you, appreciate it!

      Reply

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