Not sure what to pack for London? Awesome because totally get it. I’m a super, unstylish American who needs a London packing list JUST to make sure that I don’t stick out like a sore thumb during my next trip to London.
Just Stick with These Tried and True London Packing Tips:
And you’ll create a stylish, London wardrobe that you can be proud of. People may even start to think that you’re a local…til you open your mouth. LoL.
Sorry, but I can’t fix your accent.
Just Remember That:
This checklist for traveling to London is a guideline only. Feel free to tailor these suggestions to match your personal style and aesthetic.
I Just Enjoy London Packing Guidelines:
Because inevitably, I always forget something while packing for a trip, And since this phenomenon is very unfun, I didn’t want that to happen to you. I want these London travel hacks to reduce any and all packing related stresses in your life.
After reading this article, I hope that you feel confident enough to pack seasonally appropriate London outfits that match the overall style of the city.
You’ll feel more confident during your London trip since you’ll look less like a tourist and more like a street-savvy local.
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How you’ll feel in your London attire after reading this article…maybe. My lawyer tells me I can’t make any guarantees.
But Really, What do People Wear in London?
I hate to break it you but sadly, you’ll need to leave those UGG boots, high top sneakers, ratty sweatpants, and half destroyed flip-flops at home.
Yeah, Londoners typically exude style and confidence at all times. This means that you’ll want to create a packing list for London that embraces confident feminity, with a dash of edge for good measure.
Your London outfits should be stylish and fit well while maintaining a conservative flair that is NOT overwhelmed by vibrant colors.
AKA, Don’t Dress Like a Rainbow Brite.
Instead, minimize the colors in your London trip packing list, while double checking that all your London outfits consist of no more than three colors,
Still not sure what to add to your checklist for traveling to London?
Just wear a dressy top that you’d feel comfortable wearing to work, and pair that with a nice pair of jeans or dark colored pants (One of my favorite packing tips is to leave the jeans at home since they are bulky and retain odors).
The Ultimate London Packing Checklist!
We all know that it rains a lot in London. I mean, locals practically do a celebratory dance when they see the sun.
Packing a rain jacket of some kind is a total must.
And while both jackets are great, I love the Cole Haan packable raincoat because it neatly and easily folds up into your suitcase.
Just Remember That:
The weather in London is a bit nuts and can change rapidly. Therefore, check the weather forecast before you depart since there is nothing worse than being totally unprepared for the weather at your final destination.
Try and pack for the activities that you know you’ll be doing. So if you don’t plan on hiking then leave the hiking boots behind. Or, if you know that you’ll be walking along the not so mean streets of London, then sacrifice that pair of Stilettos for a nice pair of walking shoes or comfortable ankle boots.
Since the weather in London tends to be a bit damp and cold, packing a nice pair of warm, walking boots is a must!
The UGG Simmens Boot and the Lucky Brand Ankle Bootie. Both boots are comfortable, high quality, and come with a zipper that helps you quickly and easily remove your shoes at airport security.
If I had to pick just one, I would pick the pair of UGGs since they are lined with wool and keep your feet extra warm when it’s cold and damp outside (obviously these boots are perfect for your winter London packing list).
***Double-check and make sure that your boots are waterproof and perfect for rainy weather. ***
3. Stylish Day Bag
I prefer a stylish backpack when I travel to London, but it’s really up to you and what your day bag needs and preferences are.
The Only Drawback of a Backpack?
If you’re traveling alone in London, you can’t really see who is behind you. Therefore, someone could steal your stuff and you’d probably have no idea.
If I carry a backpack, I always put a lock on my bag and only bring enough money for the day. This way, if my bag does get stolen, I still have cash and credit cards back at the hotel that I can use.
PS (RANT AHEAD):
Why is it so difficult to find a cute, Anti-theft bag? They’re all super ugly or make you look like a scared tourist. Come on! This one is cute though. Plus, it’s waterproof and antitheft and the perfect travel carryon for your next trip to London.
4. Comfortable Shoes
“I love getting blisters and making my heels bleed from way too much walking!” said no one ever.
This one is kind of obvious but I think the real challenge is finding comfortable shoes that don’t make you look like a total tourist.
London is one massive city. So even if you take the Tube everywhere (because no one can afford to cab it all the time), you’ll still need a pair of awesome walking shoes that won’t make your feet beg for mercy.
***Speaking of the Tube, If you plan to use the Tube in London, the Oyster Card is a good fantastic way to save your hard earned dollars. So much cheaper than buying tickets individually. So just use the oyster card if you plan on using public transportation a lot. You can pick one up at any Tube station. All you’ll need is a £5 deposit for the card (you’ll get it back when you return the oyster card, as well as any money you haven’t used) and the amount of money you want to spend on transportation.***
So What is the Shoe Solution and one of the best walking shoes in Europe?
Easy, my ECCO women’s slip-on sneakers. They’re cute, comfortable, easy to slip on and off, and still make you feel mildly stylish while cruising through the charming streets of London (more of a summer shoe than a winter shoe).
***Socks look gross with these shoes so if you wear these to the airport and don’t want to step on the nasty floor in bare feet then definitely pack some no-show socks. ***
5. Chunky Knit Sweater
London and most of the UK are known for having rather damp weather.
It’s always smart to bring something nice to throw on, just in case the weather changes and it gets a bit chilly.
So Instead of Rocking a Sweatshirt with Holes:
Why not try a chunky knit sweater? Not only do these sweaters keep you warm, but they really pull an outfit together without making you look like you’re trying too hard in a Hillary Clinton power suit.
Chunky knits help keep you warm and toasty on those over-airconditioned, long-haul flights.
6. Leave the Tye Dye Behind
I didn’t get this memo my first time in London.
Therefore, I looked like an overgrown pinata in my insane kaleidoscope of colors. Yeah, don’t be like me.
Locals prefer subdued colors like blue, grey or brown, especially during the winter and fall. And if they do use color, it’s typically a pop of color from a signature accessory.
But feel free to wear what you want.
Just remember that if you wear a bunch of super bright colors, it’s a dead giveaway that you’re a total tourist.
That’s Why I Love this Shirt!
It has a feminine, baggy fit that is still attractive. I also love the inspiring quote and the neutral color that pairs well with a colorful accessory.
Plus It’s Only $11 and I’ve Worn it a Bunch of Times and It Hasn’t Worn Out.
Not into the T-shirt Look?
You can always pack a nice sweater dress too! In a nice neutral color, they look great and keep you nice and warm, like the one below.
7. Bring Sunscreen and a Scarf
What, You Haven’t Met Casper the Friendly Ghost?
Yeah, that’s me, your pasty white friend with the passport. That’s why even in London, I still need to think about the sun’s effect on my skin.
I suggest packing sunscreen and a nice scarf to protect you while you’re out exploring some of my favorite, top London attractions.
I wear a hat since they look lovely and really enhance the quality of your photos.
London can get pretty windy and result in the loss of your aforementioned hat. That’s why it’s probably best to pack a nice scarf and not a hat.
Because Real Talk:
No one wants to resemble Mr. Krabs (from Spongebob) in their Instagram photos. #notagoodlook
8. Selfie Stick Free is the Way to Be!
In General, I’m Not a Huge Fan of Selfie Sticks.
Instead, as a solo traveler, I suck it up and get up at the crack of dawn. I’ll then wipe the sleep deprivation from my face, grab my tripod, and take photos while everyone else is sleeping.
If This Doesn’t Work for You:
That’s totally cool. But just know that in most major cities, the selfie stick is the calling card of a naive tourist.
Therefore, Leave the Sehfie Stick at Home.
And prepare for that socially awkward moment when you need to ask a total stranger to take your picture.
I hate being social so instead, I usually bring a tripod since I’m also not confident in another person’s ability to take my photo.
No, I’m Not Anal Retentive or Anything (Note the intense sarcasm).
If you need one, this tripod is light, easy to use, inexpensive, and perfect for someone who isn’t a professional photographer. But remember, you get what you pay for so don’t expect professional photography equipment level awesome.
9. Money Belt
As You Know From Many of My Tales of Wow:
Pickpockets are rampant in many major European cities, especially in busy, touristy areas. Therefore, protect yourself and your valuables.
The best way to protect my passport, cash, cellphone, and credit cards are with a money belt that I can easily hide under my shirt. Just make sure that it has RFID blocking sleeves to protect you from thieves who try to steal your information electronically.
Not the sexiest item on this London packing list but who cares. Nothing ruins a vacation faster than identity theft.
***While we’re on the subject of travel safety, ALWAYS purchase travel insurance. Sure, it’s tempting to forego insurance when you’re in a major city and feel like nothing bad could happen, but don’t do it. No one ever expects some horrible medical tragedy to befall them so always be prepared, just in case. Plus, the last thing you want to do is declare bankruptcy because your medical bills are insanely expensive. Okay, lecture over.***
10. Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
Raise your hand if you carry electronics with you on vacation?
(This girl’s hand shoots up)
I’ll admit it, I’m a tech-dependent Milennial who would probably fall down a well or get eaten by a bear if I didn’t have my GPS with me at all times.
If the battery on my phone dies, it’s like a Defcon 5 level state of emergency.
But Never Fear:
That’s where this handy, pint-sized portable charger comes in.
So take a deep calming breath, namaste it up, and relax because this gadget will recharge multiple devices and save you a trip back to your hotel.
The Best Part Though?
This little charger is tiny and can easily fit in your day bag; a fact that keeps your hopes of becoming the ultimate minimalist packer very much alive.
***Friendly reminder not to forget your UK power adapter! Remember, the UK uses a higher voltage than the US; a fact that will render your electronics totally useless if you plug them into an active outlet (remember that you may need to flip a switch to turn the outlet on). So always pack a dual voltage universal adaptor that you can use all across the globe, like the one below***
I Feel Like a Shawl is ALWAYS a good idea.
Not only can you use it as a pillow or as an extra layer when you’re cold, but if you’re hot? Pssh, no worries. Just take it off and you’re good to go.
A shawl can be a great way to add a pop of color to an outfit or change an outfit, without totally overpacking for your next London trip.
But Wait, There’s More!
It’s also handy at night when a breeze can roll through London and create a slight chill in the air.
12. Deodorant Wipes
One of the Best Travel Items Ever!
No joke, these lightly scented gems of freshness are perfect after a long-haul flight. I mean, you can’t always shower at your hotel right away since check in might not be until later.
Rather than sit around and wait for a shower, just use one of these wipes to feel a whole lot less stinky.
These lightly scented sheets (no gag-inducing floral odors) leave no sticky residue, are easy to pack, and work well with sensitive skin. So yeah, they’re re a total keeper.
13. First Aid Kit
You know how mom and dad INSIST that you buy travel insurance, even though you never actually use it?
A first aid kit is kind of the same thing. Sure, it iwon;t get you a date on a Friday night, but it is helpful when you’re… trapped down a well (where’s Lassie)! Kidding! It’s much more likely that you’ll get a blister and need a band-aid.
So Not Usually End of the World Stuff:
But a travel first aid kit is one of those things that you should always pack because while you probably won’t use it, if you need it and don’t have it, you’ll regret it. Like Big Time.
So check out this super nifty and super compact first aid kit. I love it and use it on all my trips.
14. Passport Holder and Travel Document Organizer
OMG! Cutest Passport Holder Ever Right?
I mean, it doesn’t even look like a passport and document holder. It just looks like a super awesome and super cute little clutch that you can bring with you for a hot night out on the town.
An awesome clutch that just happens to hold your phone and have RFID blocking capabilities (Superhero much? LoL)
It also comes in a variety of colors, has a removable strap, and costs less than $20.
Talk About Winning at Travel Life London.
15. Packing Cubes
Back in the Day:
I never really used packing cubes. I just thought they were for obsessive-compulsive weirdos who had nothing better to do than obsess about their upcoming trip to London.
Until I tried them and Realized that I could Never Again Live Without Them!
Not only do packing cubes help organize your carry on, so that you can easily and efficiently find everything you need, but they give you more space by compressing your London travel essentials into a smaller size, allowing you to pack more.
The packing cubes below are probably some of my favorites. They have a mesh top that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, they come in several different sizes that help you pack anything and everything you need, and they are also extremely durable, so no need to worry about inconvenient rips, tears, or broken zippers (they also come in a variety of colors that you can match to your luggage).
One of Those London Packing Essentials I Can’t Leave Home Without.
London Packing List Winter
(Temperatures are milder in London than in many other parts of the world. Therefore, between December and February, expect temperatures from 40°F to 50°F. Rain is also common so warm waterproof clothes are a must.)
- Warn Jacket
- Opt for Sweater Dresses with leggings
- Pack a Chunky Knit Sweater
- Waterproof booties
- Thermals for layering
- Pack Extra socks to keep your feet warm
- Wool lined leggings
- warm hat, gloves, and scarf
London Packing List Spring
(Spring in London is between March and April, with temperatures that are between 45°F to 60°F. There are not too many tourists so it is a great time to explore London. However, the weather can vary wildly during a single day, so pack for almost any type of weather.)
- Ankle Boots
- Weather can vary so pack layers to wear under any dresses or skirts
- Pack waterproof, boots jacket, and compact umbrella (it rains a lot)
- Pack a raincoat (rainboots if you need them)
- Ballet Flat for an evening out
- Nice Cardigan
London Packing List Summer
(Summer in London lasts from June through August, with temperatures between 60°F to 75°F. It can rain but summers are mild and a great lovely to be outside with all the other tourists that take over London at this time of year.)
- Nice Ballet Flats
- Comfortable yet stylish summer sandals
- Leather Jacket
- Jersey Skirt and Dresses (try bright and sunny summer dressy if it will be sunny)
- Can be windy so think about layering
- Pack a light scarf and sunscreen to protect you from the sun
- Light cardigan
London Packing List Fall
(Fall is from September through November in London, with temperatures that range between 55°F and 65°F. And while there are fewer tourists at this time of year, this is the rainiest season in London so pack accordingly.)
- Earthy tones
- Warm Hat
- Ankle Boots
- Nice raincoat
- Chunky knit sweater
- warmer scarf
- Leggings under skirts or dresses
There you have it!
My not so little London packing guide for women.
Sorry guys, I’m not a dude and have no clue what a London packing list for men should look like.
If you are planning an epic London vacation or are creating a London study abroad packing list, hopefully, this post helps you understand how to create the perfect London travel outfit for any season.
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