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FLANNELS Five: What To Pack For A City Escape

FLANNELS Five: What To Pack For A City Escape

Spring is nearly here, and whilst there is still a small possibility of snow in the UK (who can forget last year’s Best from the East?), our outlook is getting sunnier by the moment. Spring is the perfect time for a city escape – the weather is mild enough to be pleasant but not unbearably hot (no-one likes exploring an urban jungle in 30-degree heat) and the crowds that are associated with the summer school holidays are non-existent. To help you plan your short-haul trip away, here are five packing essentials for a stylish weekend escape.

Red leather MCM Fursten belt bag hanging on the handle of a navy moped


Weekend travel requires a practical approach to packing. One of the city escape’s biggest conundrums is how to carry around your essentials securely and stylishly. A belt bag, the tourist’s best friend, has had a fashionable renaissance and can be worn strapped across your chest with phone, cards and passport stowed safely, leaving you hands-free to explore the city at leisure.

A pair of Off-White black and white high top trainers sitting in a bike basket in Paris


Pounding pavements in search of the perfect little spot for an ice-cold beer and some people watching? You need a pair of comfortable shoes that don’t sacrifice form for function. These streetwear-inspired Off-White high tops are ultra cool and sturdy enough to keep you moving in the urban jungle.

A red, white and blue stripe Gucci logo cap hanging on a pair of bike handles


Alongside a pair of stylish sunnies, a cap is your best friend when it comes to shielding your eyes from the (hopefully) bright sunshine. It might be grey in Blighty, but the continent promises an early dose of spring, and this cheerful Gucci striped cap is a great little piece for indulging in some quality down-time in the Med.

 A pair of Givenchy active running trainers sitting on a wicker chair at a Paris cafe


Although not intended for running, a running-inspired silhouette and the comfort associated with that makes these Givenchy sneakers ideal for wandering aimlessly and unhurriedly around a new city.

A black leather Valentino billfold wallet on a cafe table in Paris


There are few things quite as satisfying as heading to a bureau de change the day before your holiday to pick up some foreign currency. And you need a slick wallet to carry it all in. This Valentino billfold is just what you want to throw nonchalantly down on the marble-top bar as you order your morning espresso in Barcelona.