My 4 tips on how to citytrip with only a backpack or small suitcase

I’ve been on a lot of citytrips lately: Copenhagen, Berlin, Geneva, Prague, Lisbon, Rome and Dublin. Next to that they are all in Europe, there is another thing they have in common. I did them all with only a small backpack. A 29 liter The Northface Borealis to be exact. A skill I had to perfect. That is why I am writing this ‘how to citytrip with only a backpack’ for you, because I needed it.

Disclaimer before you freak out: Yes, I am blogging in English. I felt like I had to do it. Not for a larger public (although that is welcome), but because of the difference to my maternal language. Don’t get me wrong. I love Dutch and all its quirks. I just felt I needed something different. Like writing in English. Anyway, back to the blog: How to citytrip with only a backpack.

For my city trips, I use a The North Face Borealis or a Think Tank Airport Essentials Camera Backpack. Those two backpacks are plenty for trips up to 4 nights long.

1. Use the hotel toiletries

Travelling light means scrapping things that are non essential. Unfortunately, soap and shampoo are essential. I try not to carry them with me and use the ones the hotel offers. Or, if you are staying in a hostel, buy one of their small travel kits.

Note: I do bring liquid for my contacts and try to carry my own toothpaste and brush.

Planning a trip to Rotterdam?  Read my itinerary for 24 hours in Rotterdam!

2. Carry a second bag

Some airlines allow you to carry a secondary bag on the airplane. Something that fits under the seat in front of you. Use this opportunity to keep your valuables (like a laptop and camera if you are me) close to you. This can be a small backpack or totebag. The latter might even make you look fashionable*.

*Do not listen to fashion tips from me.

Made on my citytrip to Prague. The Vrtbovska gardens at night.

3. Don’t bring towels, or use reusable ones

Hotels offer towels and even bring you fresh ones each day. If you are staying in a hostel, you might want to bring your own. Go to your sports or travelstore and buy towels that dry instantly. I had some of those with me in Namibia. They are dry within a minute and you can reuse them a couple of times.

Note: Remember the part you dried your ass with.

Buy a fast drying body towel on!

4. Don’t bring any books or magazines

You are on a citytrip. You should not have time to read those. Plus it saves you space. Instead of reading in bed at night, go out and make new friends. Desperately want to read on the airplane/airport? Download some books on your smartphone.

Some stairs in the Colosseum.

What are your tips to citytrip with only a packpack? Let me know in the comments!

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