Packing List City Break: Checklist for the perfect city break!


A city trip is a lot of fun! To pack the backpack or suitcase, rather less. At least that's the way we are. To make packing easier in the future, we'll tell you our packing list for city breaks.

Since traveling is part of our job, we now have a pretty good routine of packing and unpacking.

If we are going on a city ​​trip within Europe , we prefer to travel only with hand luggage, so of course our packing list for the city trip is optimized.

Our city trip packing list is optimized for travel in the relatively warm months of April to October. In winter, of course, you need warmer clothes, but otherwise the contents of our bags remain the same.

We will not only tell you what we have here, but also give you some additional tips for great travel gadgets and travel accessories.

Also read our other packing tips

Backpack or suitcase?

On city breaks, we only carry carry-on luggage, we have already told you. The first question that arises is this: Do you bring a carry-on bag or carry-on bag?

For a long time we were only with a backpack on the way, but in the meantime we have also won our drawcases very dear. Both definitely have its advantages and disadvantages.

If you are not sure whether you would rather travel with a backpack or a suitcase, we have listed a few advantages and disadvantages of both options.

Advantages of a trolley

  • You can pack quite clearly.
  • The back is free, ie no sweating and no strain.
  • You do not look like a backpacker.

Disadvantages of a trolley

  • Trolleys are usually heavier in weight.
  • On rough terrain, a pull box is rather impractical.
  • You do not have your hands free.
  • A drawing case is easier to steal.

Advantages of a backpack

  • You have your hands free.
  • You always carry him close to you and he can not be stolen so easily.
  • The dead weight is usually very low.
  • No matter how rough the terrain, you always come from A to B.

Disadvantages of a backpack

  • You sweat on your back when it's warm.
  • You always look a bit backpacker, even if you are not.

A drawing case is great for you if you do not have to travel long distances. If you usually drive from the airport to your hotel by taxi and want to get a bit more professional, then a pull box is the best alternative.

If you know that you have to walk from A to B with your luggage, you like to keep your hands free and you do not mind the backpacker-touch, then a backpack is the right thing for you.

We have now found the perfect backpack for us and the perfect for us drawing case and always decide spontaneously, what we take with us.

Our backpack: Blok Large by Pinqponq

After much trial and error, we have finally found the perfect backpack for us. Pinqpong's Blok Large holds 40 liters, has hand luggage dimensions and looks really good.

Pinqponq is a German backpack label and the very best: The backpack is made to a large extent from recycled PET bottles.

Of course the backpack is also good, after all, that's the most important thing. You can open the backpack completely in front and thus stow your things neatly in it.

With many backpacks one often only comes from above. This quickly creates chaos in the backpack, if you need something from the bottom.

We love the Pinqpong backpack and do not want to give it away anymore.

To the Pinqponq backpack

The Blok Large by Pinqponq is our ideal backpack for a city trip

Our hand luggage trolley: Horizn Model M

In the meantime, we have not only found the perfect backpack for us, but also the perfect drawing case. In fact, we accidentally discovered the Horizn Model M as we strolled through the streets of Berlin.

There was suddenly this shop, which has sold nothing but suitcases. We were immediately impressed by the trolleys and immediately struck. Horizn is actually a Berlin brand and the cases are hard to beat in terms of style and functionality.

They look really great and are super functional, especially if you often travel with laptop and other technology. The laptop compartment at the front is very practical and best of all: The trolley has a built-in charging station, with which you can charge your mobile phone, tablet or even the camera on the go. Brilliant!

Incidentally, you can also remove the charger and B. pack on the go in your photo bag or purse.

To the Horizn M Trolley

Our two trolleys from Horizn

Which documents should you wrap up?

Of course you can not forget a few documents during a city trip:

Identity card (or passport for city trips outside of Europe)
Health insurance card (within the EU)
Insurance Certificate International Health Insurance (online)
DKB credit card
Santander credit card
flight tickets
Reservation confirmation for your hotel reservation (online is sufficient)
Other reservations for z. For example, a booked Rent-a-Guide tour

Our tips for your city break

We do not actually have a lot of paperwork with us, but we have digital copies of everything on our Google Drive.

The passport and our credit cards are most important to us, everything else is in doubt or not so bad if you lose it or it is stolen.

Mit der richtigen Kreditkarte kannst eine Menge Geld sparen. Our tip: With the right credit card you can save a lot of money. We always have three credit cards: the Santander 1Plus Visacard , the DKB credit card and the toll-free Mastercard from Advanzia . For us, these three cards are perfect.

Which credit card is the best choice for you, you can find out in this article:

The best travel credit card for foreign countries

With regard to foreign health insurance, we have been relying on Hanse Merkur for years and have been very satisfied with it so far.

To our foreign health insurance for 1 year (maximum 8 weeks at a time)

Our travel credit cards make traveling a lot easier.

Packing list Travel accessories: We really appreciate these travel accessories

Sleep mask (Jenny)
Travel Pillow (Jenny)
Plastic zipper bags

These gadgets make traveling and packing easier

Now we introduce you to some very useful utensils that make traveling and packing much easier.

Our panniers

Honestly, we did not know until a year ago that there is such a thing as panniers at all.

Forcibly, however, we had to deal with how we can optimize our luggage. With panniers you can sort the luggage in your backpack.

We each have three different sized bags per backpack and depending on the destination we take with us the ones we need.

For Europe we have z. For example, there are more clothes than for Asia, so here we have the large and the small bag with you. For Asia, the small and medium sized panniers would be better suited.

Each of us has additionally two bags. One of them is used to stow our shoes and the second one is for worn clothes. This works really great and the Rumgewühle in the backpack has finally come to an end.

To our panniers

Travel Pillow

Jenny searched for the perfect travel pillow for months. During our six months in Asia, she did not have one and really regretted it.

Sleeping constantly on a different pillow is the absolute horror for her as a belly sleeper. Either the pillows are too high, too hard or at worst, too high and too hard.

It's simply not fun to fall asleep trying to sleep on the folded towel or folded fleece jacket, or wake up with a stiff neck.

Well, you can probably imagine what it looks like to sleep as a belly sleeper on a 30 cm high pillow. Granted, it certainly looks funny, but it makes fun less.

In any case, she is now super happy with her travel pillow. This tip is for those who want to understand Jenny's problems and who want to increase their sleep feel-good factor on the move.

To Jenny's travel pillow at / Globetrotter

Plastic bags for documents liquids

So far we have always had Ziplock bags to store documents or liquids.

However, as these are more suitable for storing food, the sliding shutter broke after a short time or the bag is torn. Annoying, and not very sustainable, because we constantly had to exchange the old bags for new ones.

So, we switched to a little higher quality zippered pockets. These are much more stable than the Ziplock bags and so far we have not broken any.

To our plastic zippered bags

Bastis panniers on the left, Jenny's panniers on the right. The set comes in three different sizes. For a city trip, we only need one or two of them.

Packing list security protection

(Reisesafe für Wertsachen, Technik Kamera) Pacsafe (travel safe for valuables, technology camera)
Rain covers back bag M 40-55 liters
, z. Private foreign health insurance , z. B. by the Hanse Merkur for only 18 euros a year.

What you can do for travel safety

We are not really safety fanatics, but a certain level of security is still very important to us.

Our dearest sweetheart is our travel safe, which we take with us always and everywhere. At first, we thought for a long time about whether or not to take it with us and are now very happy that we decided to do so.

Of course, with our laptops and cameras, we also have some valuable technology, but things like our passports, credit cards or cash are just as valuable.

Many accommodations do not have a safe and even if it is, it is usually such a small joke safe that is nowhere screwed and includes content well under the arm.

If you do not yet know the Pacsafe: The Pacsafe is a wire-reinforced bag that can be tied to a solid object with a steel cord and a combination lock.

Of course, every professional thief can cut the wire rope with the right tool. Most of the thefts happen but rather from opportunity and exactly such thefts can be prevented with our travel safe.

To our Pacsafe on / Globetrotter

A good tip is also a household insurance with external protection. This means that things that are normally in your insured household are also insured when traveling.

So if someone steals your camera from the locked hotel room, the household contents insurance takes over the damage. Of course, you should always read the fine print, when the household contents insurance on trips and when not.

Just look into your insurance documents, if such an external insurance is with you and what the conditions are.

Packing list Clothes for city trips: We pack this

Bastis clothes for 5 days

1 x thin jacket
1 x long pants
1 x belt
1x short pants
1 x sweater
1 x Longsleeve
5 x T-shirts
1 x shirt
5 x slips
5 x socks

Jenny's clothes for 5 days

1 x thin jacket
1 x jeans
1 x thick leggings
2 x pantyhose
2 x long top
1 x long dress
1 x shorts
2 x sweater
4 x T-shirts
5 x slips
2 x bra
5 x short socks
2 x long socks
1 x thick woolen socks from grandma

Tips for packing clothes: quality instead of quantity

Easy packing means packing only the clothes you really need. Everything you want to pack "just for safety" stays at home. This is probably the part that many fail. We can only motivate you to try it at least once. It is actually relatively liberating not to have tons of clothes and it also brings many benefits.

And let's be honest with you: how many clothes have you ever taken on vacation, you did not put them on once, only to take them back home then? Yes exactly! So some.

We always pack clothes for about a week, regardless of whether we travel for a week, a month, or a half. All over the world you will find either a laundry service, a laundrette for self-cleaning or, if necessary, a sink and Rei in the tube.

What is important, then, is what you pack. Try to choose your clothes so that you can combine many parts together. In Jenny's case z. B. a dress that she can wear a warmer tights and in Bastis case z. B. two differently warm sweaters, which he can simply put on each other in case of doubt.

Especially important for a perfect city break in Europe is a good jacket. Jenny opted for a lightweight but wind and water resistant jacket from Fjällräven.

Which shoes are on the packing list for a city break?

Very important: Comfortable shoes! A city trip with uncomfortable shoes does not work. The choice of your shoes is the alpha and omega for a successful city break.

Which shoes are the right one, comes a bit on the temperatures at your destination. In Asia, we are usually only on flip flops on the road, in a city ​​break in Europe , we then have mostly fixed shoes.

Jenny swears by her Nike Free, which is not only super comfortable, but also very light and breathable. But as often as she can, she does without sturdy shoes and swings into her Birkenstock.

But beware: Birkenstock are the most comfortable sandals when they have come in, but please do not come up with the idea to take Birkenstock not on a city break. This is guaranteed to give blisters and pain.

If you do not like to walk barefoot in the hotel or in a hostel or if you stay in a shared shower, we recommend that you take flip flops for showers as well.

Basti has only sneakers and Jenny in addition to her Nike Free still Birkenstock. Depending on your destination, we will also take flip-flops with you.

Packing list technique

Our technology packing list is certainly not very representative, because we really have a lot of it. If you do not have to work on your city break, which of course we really hope for, you certainly will not need much of it.

2 x Macbook Pro
Kindle Paperwhite (Jenny)
Sony Headphones MDR-1000X (Jenny)
Airpods headphones
1TB SSD hard drive
Travel Adapter - Not generally necessary in Europe
5 port USB charger
2 x USB cable
Power Bank Attention! im Handgepäck transportiert werden! Must not be transported in checked baggage, but only in hand luggage!

Our tips on technical equipment for city trips

We resisted a Kindle for a long time, because we are already a bit oldschool. Basti is still very stubborn against it and prefers to pack a real book of paper. Jenny has now decided for space reasons for the Kindle and is very happy with it. But we are both stubborn with travel guides and only travel with paper guidebooks.

To the Kindle Paperwhite

Also incredibly practical is a multiple USB charging plug. We were always annoyed that we had four different charging plugs. At our multiple charging plug we can now charge five devices at the same time and charging is therefore still really fast.

To our 5 port USB charger

Our technology

Packing list camera equipment: Our camera equipment for city trips

Of course, our travel camera equipment also takes up a lot of space. You will certainly come out with less.

Cameras Lenses

Sony Alpha 7ii incl. Lenses

camera Bags

Morley of Hellolulu (Basti)
Norris of Hellolulu (Jenny)


Tripod - Rollei Compact Traveler No 1 Carbon
polarizing filter
Gray filter ND64
Neutral density filter ND1000


Filter container
32 GB SD cards
external charger Sony Alpha
Replacement battery Sony Alpha
Camera protection Einwickeltuch
Silica gel bag
B + W Lenscleaner - to clean the lens
Microfibre Screen Cleaning Cloth - Microfibre cloth for cleaning the lens
Anti-static brush - to clean the camera

Which photo equipment do you need?

As a travel photographer, our camera equipment is of course very important to us. But even as a hobby photographer or Urlaubsknipser you should think through your camera equipment. We recommend that you simply make your own camera equipment packing list, so you do not accidentally forget your memory card and your battery.

If you are still looking for the right camera for you, we recommend our article Camera Kaufberatung . If you are looking for a lens, be sure to check out our lens buying guide .

If you want to get more involved with the camera and photography, take a look at our online photo course .

Our favorite shop for camera bags
Our photographic equipment while traveling
Learn to photograph with Jenny Sebastian
Camera buying advice: Which camera fits you?
Lens buying advice: So you find the right lens for you
7 tips for better travel photos

Packing list laundry items: These hygiene items we pack

There is certainly a lot of optimization potential for many travelers here. We have really reduced our bathroom items to a minimum:

Osprey wash bag
Silicone bottles for shampoo and shower gel (ingenious!) Alternatively: solid shower gel shampoo, eg. B. Carlos Coco of shower chunks
Sonic Tooth Sonicare Diamond incl. USB travel case
Nail file, nail clippers and tweezers
(Das Zeug ist echt super!) Aluminum-free deodorant cream from Wolkenseifen (The stuff is really great!)
Wet shaver
Beard Trimmer (Basti)
Mascara (Jenny)
Hairbrush (Jenny)
Hairpins (Jenny)
Face cream with SPF 15
Labello 50er protection
hair conditioner
hand cream

Our bath products

Packing kit First-aid kit: We pack this

For a city trip, you certainly do not need a huge first-aid kit, as there are pharmacies all over the world. We still have a little something with us:

Perenterol Forte
Bepanthen wound and healing ointment mini
Fucidine (prescription)
Kaufmann's Skin and Child Cream
Chewing gums against travel sickness
Magnesium (Jenny)
Pill (Jenny)
Thyroid tablets (Jenny)
finger patch
Tiger balm

What are your packing tips for city breaks?

What are your experiences? Do you travel with hand luggage? What are your tips? Do you have any questions we might be able to answer? We look forward to your comment.