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What to Pack for England in the Summer

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I’ve previously written What to Pack for England in the Autumn and What to Pack for England in the Spring, so this year I’m tackling summer and winter.

My first advice is to check the weather, of course. While stereotypical season weather is a bit more dependable in England than, say, Colorado, you still never know what you’ll get! I feel like it goes without saying that you check the weather before you pack, but don’t forget to continue to do so up until you zip up your suitcase for the last time to head to the airport.

I’ve been here two summers already and most people will say that those two summers were unseasonably warm. Last July we had an absolutely scorching heatwave that completely killed our grass. But I really enjoy late August when the days are cooler and rainy in the mornings. (Especially if I don’t have anywhere to go.)

So here are some packing ideas to help you blend in with the locals, dress seasonally appropriate, and be fully prepared for your trip to England. (Keep in mind that Wales will probably have similar weather to England, but further north in England, Scotland, and likely Northern Ireland will be a bit more chilly no matter the time of year.) This time, I also tried to make a few more sustainable choices than usual as I’m moving that direction in my personal wardrobe.

Wool Fedora | Linen Button Down | Cotton Tee | Chambray Button Down | Picnic Dress | Long Weekend Dress | Relaxed Chinos | Shorts | Skirt | Sneakers | Sandals | Denim Jacket | Raincoat

If you’re planning on doing a lot of city walking, this is a great place to start packing. Of course if you’re planning on doing more country walking or more specific activities, you’ll know what to bring for that. I always recommend comfortable shoes and I firmly believe you can’t go wrong with a pair of Allbirds. If you want sandals as well, Birkenstocks are a great option. Whatever you choose, you need a firm sole because there are a lot of cobblestone roads around the UK.

Otherwise you want to pick a wardrobe that will keep you cool when you’re walking around and give you the ability to layer if it starts raining or in the evenings. I have this raincoat actually and I love it for the summer. It’s not going to make you any more warm, but it will certainly keep you dry and it rolls up really nicely to fit in your bag.


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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales

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What to Pack for England in the Spring

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About six months ago, I wrote What to Pack for England in the Autumn, inspired by my mom who was curious about what to wear during that time of year. I know quite a few people who are planning to visit this spring--next week, in fact, so I figured it would be a good opportunity to again give some pointers to help blend in with the locals.

Of course, you always want to start with checking the weather (and continue doing so up until you leave). Just because England is portrayed as being grey and rainy all the time, that's definitely not true. Just a few weeks ago we had a beautiful heat wave of about four days of blue skies and seemingly unlimited sunshine. It happened to coincide with our weekend trip to London, which was so perfect. However, it was back to being a bit cloudier and a bit chillier on Monday. And now we're back to clear skies and sunshine for this bank holiday weekend.

Camisole | Tee | Button Down | Shirt Dress | Dress | Midi Skirt | Jeans | Cardigan | Jean Jacket | Moto Jacket | Rain Coat | Wellies | Sneakers | Flats | Scarf

From my experience, if you get about average weather, you can get buy with a pair of tights (to wear under skirts or dresses), jeans, and a light jacket (or two, to layer). You'll certainly want to pack your rain coat since it's unlikely you won't get any rain (or moisture) during your trip. And I'd recommend a pair of wellies--or walking shoes--if you're planning on taking walks through the countryside.

I think living in Colorado for 26 years prepared me well for England because dressing in layers is necessary, almost all year round. Choose pieces that you'll be able to layer--especially under your rain coat. During my first visit, two years ago this month, I got away with wearing only a canvas military-style jacket with a hood or a leather bomber jacket. On the coldest day, I just layered one under the other. I seem to live in a longer, thinner cardigan these days, and it's perfect for sunny days with a bit of a chill in the air, and easily goes under my rain coat. (Or my puffy coat which I'm sad to say I still haven't put away for the season yet.)

I recommend packing a pair of durable sneakers if you plan on doing a lot of exploring, especially by foot. I love Allbirds and can't imagine going to another travel shoe. I wore my yellow pair while we were in Berlin and have taken them to London a few times as well. My black pair served me well in Paris, even in the snow. They're made of wool and seem to regulate the temperature quite well because my feet stayed warm in snowy Paris and I haven't noticed them being overly hot on the warmer days, even with thin socks on. The best part is that after 15,000 or 20,000 steps, my feet don't hurt! When I get home, I just throw them in the wash and they're as good as new and ready for the next adventure. Seriously, get you a pair of these shoes! They come in so many colours now and they have men's and women's. I have two pairs of the Wool Runners and Luke just bought a pair of the Tree Runners.

The main thing is to stick true to your own style (obviously these picks reflect my own) and to wear what's comfortable and what you don't mind wearing all day, especially when it comes to foot wear. You may have your own philosophy on style versus comfort, but when travelling, prioritising comfort can literally save your trip. Trust me, I've been the Grumpy Gus who wanted to wear a cute outfit or cute shoes and was miserable from about lunchtime on.

And if you are planning a visit to the UK this spring don't miss these other posts:

Travel Guides:

A Muggle’s Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

A Weekend Guide to the Cotswolds

10 Things to Do in Birmingham

15 Places to Visit in the UK

25 Things to Do in London

Packing Guides:

What to Pack for England in the Autumn

British Springtime:

London in Bloom

Springtime in London

General Travel Tips:

5 Tips to Beat Jet Lag

How to Prep for a Long Trip

10 Items for a Day Trip to London

6 Mistakes I Made While Travelling Internationally


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