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What To Pack For A City Vacation

Packing for a City Escape

So, you’re going away for a great escape to the city but don’t want to lug a ton of suitcases with you. Solution? Packing with intention. Packing with intention is the idea that you only bring what you absolutely need, things that are often multipurposed, and nothing else. Sound daunting? It’s really not if you follow these four essential Nabila K steps to packing for a weekend getaway to the city. 

Step One: Use the Right Bag

Selecting the right bag is dependent on where you are going, what you are doing, and how you are going to get there. If you are flying, then taking something that you can easily lift into the overhead compartment is key (especially if you are only going for a weekend). And don’t forget your toiletries bags! Too many tales abound of perfume bottles breaking or sunscreen completely covering clothing with goo. If you take a larger suitcase and will check the bag, just make sure it is durable because airlines work quickly and efficiently, but not always carefully. 

Step Two: Pack Clothes that All Match (Capsule)

If you have not heard of the capsule wardrobe, do some additional research on the topic because it will save you time and space. First, it is the concept that everything you have works with one another. An easy way to do this is to limit your color palette so that pretty much everything you have is a nice complement to the other. Neutrals work super well for this, and then just add in pops of color for an accent. The same applies to your makeup

Step Three: Packing Cubes

Embrace the wonderful organization of packing cubes. They allow you to use every square inch of your suitcase, duffel bag, or carry-on. Optimize the space inside of a packing cube by using the KonMari way of folding and rolling your clothing to place into the cubes. You’ll be surprised just how much you can get in there without adding too much additional weight. 

Step Four: Make a List and Stick to It

Thinking through what you’ll need, where you are visiting, and planning for weather contingencies is important to efficient packing. Here is a good foundation list to begin with:

  • 1-2 pairs of pants (jeans).
  • 2 base layers like tank tops (for layering)
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 skirt or pair of shorts
  • 1 sweater or jacket with a hood
  • Shoes: nice flats, sneakers
  • Undergarments 
  • Toiletries
  • Umbrella


A Note About Toiletries

In the city, your skin will encounter all types of pollutants and environmental irritants. That’s why packing essential skin care products with the power to protect is crucial when going into a city. A rule of thumb is: the older the city, the higher the irritants to the skin. Some of our favorite travel-sized luxury skincare products include the Nabila K Voyager’s Garden combo collection. TSA-sized, these little beauties can be used as a liquid shower soap, or you can use them to indulge in a luxurious bubble bath even while away. Protect your skin with travel-sized body butters and body oils by Nabila K. Pure extract delight, total moisturizing powerhouse. 

A Note about Makeup in the City

If you are traveling to visit cities in Europe, then select a more muted tone with your makeup. For example, Effortless eyeshadow palette offers muted tones but still flatters and defines the eyes. If you are on a weekend jaunt in the U.S., then consider bolder, brighter colors such as Party Girl eyeshadow. Do not skimp on lip products, even if it is just lip balm. City life tends to suck moisture from the skin, so make sure you are extending your beauty regimen to include your lips. 

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