What to pack for a winter city break

What to pack for a winter city break


A city break wardrobe needs to be the perfect balance between stylish, comfortable, and practical. Layering is a great option for a winter break, as you can add layers to endure time spent in the cold winter weather or remove layers when cosying up indoors. 

Packing lightly for a winter city break can sometimes seem like an impossible task considering winter clothes are so much heavier and take up more space in your suitcase. You want to be warm, but without any compromise on style. However, with careful outfit planning the task of packing for a winter city break has never been easier.

T-shirts and jackets are staple items for winter breaks, but accessories, overlays, and comfortable joggers are often left behind. Adding more versatile options with complimentary colour schemes will help you to create striking winter looks with fewer items in your suitcase. 

Whether it be an activity packed trip to Amsterdam or a trip to a Christmas wonderland such as Berlin, below are some essentials for a winter getaway which will keep you warm and on-trend.

Women’s Winter Break Essentials

Parallel Jogger

Joggers are the ideal choice for a winter getaway. The thicker material is warm and extremely comfortable, allowing you to be ready for any activity on your trip. The Parallel Joggers in black feature a wide leg which allows for them to be paired with trainers or boots, depending on your style. They can be worn on the plane to save extra space in your suitcase, and can easily be swapped out for a pair of jeans or a skirt when needed. The drawstring cord creates a more flattering silhouette, which can be matched with a variety of different shirts, t-shirts, or sweatshirts to add versatility to your winter wardrobe.

Formation Beanie

A beanie hat is the perfect winter accessory. The Formation Beanie in black is designed to go well with any winter outfit, with its neutral colour scheme and subtle metallic script branding. The turnup hem makes it ideal for any casual look, keeping your head warm and hair covered in the snow or rain. Its lightweight feel makes it an easy accessory to pack into your suitcase too. 

Gotland Quilted Jacket

A winter break wouldn’t be complete without a stylish winter jacket. The Gotland Quilted Jacket features a longline design to combat the elements, ensuring you remain on-trend and stay cosy whilst the waterproof outer ensures you stay dry. Complete with a snorkel hood and large lower pockets for warming your hands, the black Gotland Jacket goes well with any winter outfit. 

Reine Boots

The Reine Boots are a nod to our motorcycling heritage, designed with the contemporary style of a classic Chelsea boot. The rubber stomper soles provide extra grip in cold climates whilst the leather outer offers a sleek style that keeps your feet dry. The versatile Reine Boots are a great addition to your winter city break suitcase, as they can be worn with dresses, skirts, jeans, or joggers and the platform sole provides some added height in the absence of heels. 

Men’s Winter Break Essentials

Norton Drill Sports Cap

The winter sun can be cold, but the brightness never fades. A cap is an excellent choice for a winter break as it acts to keep your head warm, whilst protecting your eyes from the sun. The right hat can also be used to easily accessorise your outfit. The Norton Drill Sports cap in black blends well with any colour scheme, whilst the logo branding adds an additional layer of style, featuring an adjustable back to create just the right fit.

Alloy Half Zip Sweat

Effortlessly stylish, the Alloy Half Zip Sweat provides the ideal overlay for a t-shirt in colder climates. With cuffed sleeves and an adjustable zipped collar, this is truly a winter essential. The patchwork pocket and small logo branding add extra detailing to create an iconic look. Pair with beige trousers or cargo pants for a contrasting casual look, or with black jeans for a smarter outfit when needed. 

Small Logo T-Shirt

Reflecting the cool and calm tones of winter, the Small Logo T-shirt in deep blue should definitely be packed for your winter city break. Providing a tailored fit with a modern crew neck not only offers a more defined look, but also allows for easy layering. T-shirts are a staple item that can be worn with anything; the Small Logo tee is made from luxury soft cotton and has subtle branding to offer a more premium take on an otherwise ordinary item where versatility is unmatched. 

Bramley Jogger

A pair of joggers are a must-have item for a winter city break. The Bramley Jogger in black is designed with subtle yellow detailing around the large pockets to create more intrigue, without too much contrast against other items in your suitcase. Blending in well with a variety of outfit choices including t-shirts, caps, sweaters, and more, the Bramley Jogger is a super soft option that offers warmth and comfort.

Boy’s Winter Break Essentials

Essential Tracksuit

The Essential Tracksuit is a must have for your little one. Providing style and warmth, the comfortable material allows them to run and play during the day and relax comfortably when they tire. The elasticated cuffs and hems allow for easy wear that can be effortlessly paired with comfortable trainers or boots. The coordinating set can easily be mixed and matched with other items of clothing as needed. Why not try a hoodie and jeans for a look more suited to an event, or tracksuit bottoms and a t-shirt for a more casual look?

Ouston Hooded Quilt Jacket

This lightweight jacket is ideal for winter excursions - the quilted design keeps your little one warm without the extra weight of carrying a heavy coat around. It can easily be layered with a hoodie where an additional layer of warmth is needed, and features a fixed hood for protection against the elements. The iconic styling of Barbour International is reflected in this luxury feel jacket through its angled chest pocket with a branded badge to create an on-trend winter look. 

Formular T-shirt

Add a splash of colour to their outfit with a white Formular Tee. The Formular Tee is made with soft cotton and features a crew-neck design for comfort. Suited for a range of looks including layering underneath or on top, or for pairing with jeans, joggers, and trousers, this branded graphic tee is the ideal versatile piece.

Girl’s Winter Break Essentials

Sparkle Knit Beanie

Let her stand out in the winter with this pink beanie; featuring a ribbed hem and a faux-fur pom-pom on top, it offers her collection a playful seasonal touch. This is the perfect addition to her winter wardrobe, the super soft yarn will keep her warm whilst the metallic look will add an extra bit of winter cheer and sparkle. With a gold badge sporting the Barbour International branding, she’ll be sure to make the most stylish snow angels around. 

Kiara Sweatshirt

No girl’s wardrobe is complete without a staple sweatshirt. Sweatshirts are another extremely versatile option which makes them an excellent choice for travelling with. Create a comfortable winter airport outfit by adding leggings or layering over a t-shirt or dress when travelling between venues. The Kiara Sweatshirt boasts large metallic branding to ensure that any outfit it features in will be transformed into something stylish.

Garcia T-shirt

As we know, a t-shirt is truly a staple item for any wardrobe. The Garcia T-shirt is no different, with its ultra-cosy cotton feel and gold foil branding, it’s the ultimate go-to tee that compliments any outfit. Easily stowed into a suitcase and ideal for layering, the Garcia T-shirt isn’t to be missed off the packing list! 

Julio Quilted Jacket

The Julio Quilted Jacket in pink is an exceptionally fashionable choice. With a faux-fur trim on the detachable hood and a chevron quilt, there’s no compromising style for warmth. The warm pink colour will stand out against cool winter tones, with a contrasting black and white Barbour International badge on the sleeve that captures the eye. For ease of wear, the jacket features a zipped fastening as well as secure zipped lower pockets - perfect for warming the hands or keeping gloves secure. Effortlessly complete her outfit with this stylish jacket. 

Get ready for a winter city trip with Barbour International

Travel more and worry less about what to bring with our full range of clothing. If you’re looking for more inspiration, view our collection of menswear, womenswear and accessories, or take a look at our guide to airport outfits for more tips and tricks.