Okay, don’t panic. It’s September tomorrow, which means it’s officially the end of summer. No more spending time with your kids while they’re off school or running off to Ibiza with your best friends for a hen do and no more summer hashtags on Instagram. But, this bittersweet end means one thing: it’s the official countdown to Christmas. My favourite time of the year.
Last year, I went on my first ever Christmas market break to Bruges, and I loved it. Escpecially drinking Belgium beer in my pink bobble hat with the smell of warm waffles in the air. And being the organised person I am, I pulled myself together a list of things to do before I went:
City break booked: ✓
Passport in date: ✓
Researching museums, transport and the best local restaurants: ✓
Collecting travel money: ✓
Dealing with an over-spilling suitcase: ✘
I’m not going to lie. The suitcase was a BIG problem, and one thing I don’t like is the cold. I wanted to pack plenty of clothes to make sure I kept warm, but I also wanted to bring outfits that were sparkly enough for going ‘out-out’ or sophisticated enough for a quaint restaurant.
After sitting (jumping up and down) on my smallest suitcase and trying to wiggle it shut, I decided to look into how much it would cost to add more bags to my city break. Here are my reasons why I think you should add extra luggage to your Christmas Market break too:
- More room equals more space to bring back presents
If you’re treating yourself to a lifetime supply of chocolate (I won’t judge) or bringing back some festive gifts for your loved loves, one thing is for sure, you can never have enough room for souvenirs.
It’s absolutely freezing in most of Europe in the winter, and you can never have too many jumpers, coats, hats or gloves to keep you warm while you’re wandering around. Plus, all these essentials take up extra room that you don’t need in the summer.
- Going over your allowance is really embarrassing
We’ve all been there: adding extra layers to yourself in the airport toilet wondering whether or not you can layer up until you can hardly move. Either that or paying lots of money because you’ve really gone over your allowance, and labelled with the heavy suitcase sticker of shame.
- Spend less time worrying
You can pack both pair of shoes that go with your outfit. With extra luggage, you can even bring another option to wear. If I could, I’d take my whole wardrobe. It also gives you the space to carry a travel first aid kit and maps (if you’re old school).
If you’re similar to me when it comes to packing, the to ‘should I get extra luggage for my Christmas Market break?’ is, of course, a ‘yes’.
If you’re travelling with us to Madeira or the Canaries this winter, you’ll be able to add extra luggage to your break below:
What’s one item in your suitcase you never leave home without? I’d love to know in the comments below.