hand luggage only | hamburg, germany

On Monday I’ll be flying to Hamburg to meet up with my boyfriend Oli who is partway through his European interrailing adventure. He’s currently in Switzerland, so we thought it would be a good middle ground, plus flights were only £28 return to Hamburg  from Manchester airport.

I’ve visited Germany several times before, but this will be my first time in Hamburg, the country’s second largest (and richest) city.  We’re staying in Sternschanze, which I’ve been told is one of Hamburg’s most Bohemian neighbourhoods, so I’m expecting great restaurants, bars, and boutique markets! Plus it’s on the coast, and I’m a sucker for the sea.

I’ve managed to book a private airbnb apartment with towels, kitchen, wifi, breakfast, and washer/dryer for £59 per night.  Oli’s friend Adam is travelling with him, so in addition to our private bedroom, there’s a sofa bed in the living room for him.

Oli and Adam have been living out of backpacks and camping since the middle of June, so they’ll be happy to be able to wash their hiking clothes and sleep on real beds for a few nights. I’m travelling mainly to hangout with Oli for a few days before I head back to Canada and he goes on to tackle the Kungsleden in Northern Sweden, so we’d like a relaxed and sparse schedule.


Here’s what I’m planning for:

  • 4 nights (5 days) in Hamburg, Germany in early July
  • Urban setting
  • Lots of walking
  • About 20ºC, changeable weather, forecast RAIN!
  • Nice meals in cool, casual restaurants and cafes
  • Sitting in beer gardens and bars, relaxing

Here’s what I’m packing:

  • 5 x underwear
  • 3 x socks
  • 2 x bras
  • 3 x linen tees
  • wool jumper
  • denim joggers
  • denim shorts
  • comfy jeans
  • leggings
  • linen skirt
  • waterproof trench
  • waterproof walking boots
  • birkenstocks
  • light scarf (find in Hamburg?)
  • accessories: watch, sunglasses, earrings
  • pyjamas

*I’ve chosen all dark bottoms because I’m expecting lots of rain and splashes. The temperature will still be warm, but I think it’ll be a wet one!

I think that’ll do just fine! And still plenty of space in my tiny suitcase. I’m on the lookout for a really nice and versatile silk scarf (my three scarves are wool or wool blends – not ideal fo summer evenings), so I may swing into a few independent boutiques while I’m in town.

This is my travel outfit – Layers for the plane (even though it’s a reeeeally short flight), and my heavier walking boots to save space – althought there’s still so much room in my tiny suitcase I may switch and wear my Birkenstocks if it’s warm!
Tip: Keep your shoes/boots in a shower cap to prevent them from soiling your clothes.


This is just my clothing capsule for Hamburg. In a few weeks I’ll be sharing my definitive minimalist packing guide, so be sure to subscribe so you can see what else goes into my suitcase!

If you have any recommendations for things to do/see/eat/drink in Hamburg, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Fingers crossed for good weather, and I’ll post a few snaps from my trip on instagram (@thelitestyle). Tschüß!




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