You know, wondering what to pack when going to London in winter? Lets see
Generally, for cities in the UK you will find that folks will tend to be fairly well dressed, so you will likely want to pack your nicer looking clothes – although you don’t need to be super dressy for most occasions. Just bear in mind that if your travel plans include fine dining, nice bars or trips to shows like the opera or the west end then you might want to bring some smarter clothes.
When we travel to London in winter we usually wear jeans or pants and Jess will wear layers with a warm sweater like this on top, while I will usually have a shirt and a fleece. We will also both wear a warm winter coat. A warm scarf (this one for Jess) and good gloves are also essential winter items for London!
If you suffer from the cold, you will also likely want a warm hat. For visiting London In summer, Jess will usually bring along a pair of pants, capris, and have a light dress with a shoulder wrap to wear depending on the weather. She often wears clothing by FIG travel – you can her thoughts on that here.
I will usually wear jeans, although on the odd rare hot day I can find that jeans become uncomfortably hot to walk in sometimes, so I will also pack light pants or shorts. For bright days (they do happen, we promise!), you’ll also likely want a pair of sunglasses.
The key thing for either time of year is to bring a series of clothing you can layer so you can adjust to the climate accordingly. As mentioned at the beginning of the post, if you are doing anything more formal such as a nice afternoon tea at a nice hotel, you should definitely check the dress code in advance so you are prepared.
You are unlikely to need outdoor gear such as hiking pants or boots for your London trip, although if you are heading out to the countryside for a little while, (perhaps following one of our UK itineraries), then a good pair of hiking pants will likely be a good addition to your UK packing list. London packing list – Laurence and Jessica in front of tower bridge london
A decent pair of shoes can make or break a holiday. You’re going to be doing a fair bit of walking as you explore the UK and her cities, and the last thing you want is sore feet or blisters. I have this absolutely fabulous pair of Timberland shoes that I love.
They are dressy enough for a night out or a nice meal, but also comfortable enough for walking in all day. They’re also 100% waterproof, which can be a real benefit, as rain showers can happen at any time in the UK! Jess loves her versatile black Skechers shoes and they have been her go-to shoe for our many city trips for years. Whatever shoes Jess wears though, she finds she suffers from arch pain, probably because of high arches.
After a lot of research, we settled on these cool insoles, which have solved that problem.
3. Toiletries / Make up
Naturally you’re going to want to bring your toiletries with you on your trip to London! You don’t need much different for London and the UK than anywhere else, so just remember your essentials – toothbrush, toothpaste, deodarant moisturiser and any make-up or sanitary products that you might need. Of course, all these things are easily available to buy in the UK as well, although as brands might differ slightly, if there is a product you love from home it is best to bring it with you to be sure. If you are on any medication you should definitely bring this as well.
We’d also advise sunscreen for travel in the summer months, and a good Chapstick for travel in winter as the cold winter air can very quickly dry out your lips which isn’t fun.
4. Electronic Gear
The UK uses a 220v three pin system, so if you’re travelling from nearly anywhere else in the world you are going to need a travel adapter.
We actually prefer to use a cheaper adapter like this and then pair it with an extension setup like this, which gives us all the plugs and USB ports we need to charge our all devices.