Whenever you’re travelling, your packing list is informed by your destination. You don’t want to forget your sunscreen if you’re going to Ibiza or your woolly hat if you’re heading to the Alps in winter. The things you need to pack are influenced by the weather and temperature, but also by what you might be planning to do and the things you’re going to experience. Even local culture can dictate the things that you need to pack, especially in countries where you might need to dress a little more modestly. If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, there are a few things you’ll want to bring along, and it’s not just your clothes that matter.
Plenty of Layers
One thing to keep in mind about Scotland is that the weather can vary. You can enjoy plenty of sunny and even warm days if you’re visiting at the right time. But you really need to be prepared for anything, no matter what time of year you choose to visit. The weather can turn suddenly, and you want to be ready. When you’re packing, be sure to pack various layers, from your Balenciaga hoodie to a windbreaker and base layers to help keep you warm. Try to pack layers that you can fold and compress so they take up less space when you don’t need them.
Be Ready for Rain
Speaking of the weather, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re ready for rain. Some places in Scotland receive more rain than others, but it’s smart to prepare for it, no matter where you’re going. While an umbrella can be handy to have, they’re not always the easiest things to travel with. A compact umbrella can be packed away without much trouble but you might also prefer to pack a waterproof coat or jacket instead.
Prepare for the Outdoors
Scotland has no shortage of options for outdoor adventures. Even if you visit a city, you’re likely to spend a lot of your time walking around outside. Whether you’ll be walking Edinburgh’s cobbled streets or heading into the Highlands for a real adventure, be sure to pack for the environment. A good pair of walking shoes or boots will help you wherever you’re going. Of course, if you’re planning on going camping, you’ll definitely want to make sure you buy or rent all of the gear you need.
Remember Your Electronic Essentials
We often travel with more gadgets and electronics than we used to. At the least, you will probably have your phone and you’ll want to be able to charge it. Remember to pack the essential electronic accessories for your trip, including any chargers that you need and a UK adaptor if you need one. It might also be a good idea to put this stuff in a dry bag, both to protect it from the rain and ensure nothing else in your luggage can spill on it.
Whatever your reason for visiting Scotland, be prepared for the weather and environment when you pack.