What to Wear in United Kingdom

Chatsworth, Derbyshire in April

Chatsworth, Derbyshire in April

Rainy day in Luss, Loch Lomond, Scotland in April

Rainy day in Luss, Loch Lomond, Scotland in April

Swansea, Wales in May

Swansea, Wales in May

Bath in June

Bath in June

Tenby, Wales in July

Tenby, Wales in July

Milton-under-Wychwood, The Cotswolds in Summer

Milton-under-Wychwood, The Cotswolds in Summer

Stow-on-the Wold, The Cotswolds in September

Stow-on-the Wold, The Cotswolds in September

At the Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Island in September

At the Titanic Museum, Belfast, Northern Island in September

Torquay, Devon in September

Torquay, Devon in September

Visiting The Shard in London, November

Visiting The Shard in London, November

Christmas on London's Regent Street, December

Christmas on London's Regent Street, December

Winter walking in Warwickshire in January

Winter walking in Warwickshire in January

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General Style Tips

  • Like most of Western Europe there is no dress code as such and really anything is acceptable.
  • Black is always a popular colour, and smart casual clothes will help you fit right in.
  • In the UK jeans are worn by everyone - young and old alike - and unless you are visiting more upscale restaurants they are perfectly acceptable to wear everywhere.
  • But a few up-market London venues and country hotels do still have a 'smart' dress code which is enforced (no jeans or trainers, jacket and tie for gents) so check if you plan to dine in these places.
  • Unless you are staying at a hotel with a swimming pool, or intend visiting a spa, or the beach in high summer - leave your swimsuit at home as you're unlikely to need it.
  • If you are hitting the beaches, regular swimwear / a bikini is fine for swimming on the hottest days (July and August), but in spring and autumn wetsuits are popular (short or full length) to keep out the chill. From October to March it will be just too cold to swim, except for the very hardy!
  • When out in the countryside you may be some distance from shelter if the weather turns bad; at all times of year go prepared with a jumper, waterproof, snacks and drinking water. Take a mobile phone in case of emergency too.

What Shoes To Pack

  • The best way to see many of the sites in the UK is to walk, and good quality lightweight but smart walking shoes are recommended. For comfort and style we recommend Hotter shoes, and they have something to suit all occasions.
  • Save your high heels for the evenings.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as camisoles and t-shirts for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long-sleeved shirt and jumper in the winter.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewellery will transform any outfit.
  • A pashmina is also a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Pack for the Weather

  • The weather can be changeable in the UK, from day to day and even hour to hour - it's not unknown to experience all four seasons in one day. Pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella whatever time of year you visit, even in the summer.
  • In the cooler months of November, December, January, February and March a warm coat, gloves, warm hat and a scarf are essential - and layer up.
  • Dressing in layers will help you cope with the temperature changes all year round.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of United Kingdom

  • If walking along the coastal paths or in the hills or mountains, make sure you have appropriate footwear with good ankle support, as the terrain can be steep and uneven underfoot. Sturdy trainers or walking shoes are fine in dry periods, but opt for boots with good grips in wet or muddy conditions. Don't try challenging walks in casual shoes, and certainly don't wear flip-flops - you'll be at risk of injury if you do.
  • What to Wear in London
  • What to Wear in Scotland
  • What to Wear in Sussex
  • What to Wear in The Cotswolds

Other Things To Pack

  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organised. You can use packing cubes to compress the volume too.
  • Also take a comfy shoulder bag or day pack to carry your sightseeing essentials and keep your hands free.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home!
  • Save on packing and buy your toiletries there. You'll find all the major brands and they are inexpensive.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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