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UK Packing list for all seasons

Are you heading to the UK and wondering what to pack? Our definitive UK packing list has everything you need for your trip, whatever the season. Use this article with our UK Travel Packing Essentials List to ensure you have all your UK travel packing essentials.

In this article, you will find exactly what to pack for your UK vacation to ensure you are prepared with everything you need and not under (or over) packed for your trip.

There are a number of things to consider when preparing your UK packing list including:

  • What time of year are you visiting the UK?
  • Where are you visiting in the UK?
  • How long will you be in the UK?
  • What places are you visiting? (cities, countryside)
  • What types of activities do you intend to do?
  • Will you be based in one place or travelling around the UK?
  • What transport will you be using to travel around the UK?

Planning and preparation are the best steps to ensure you pack exactly what you need for your trip. Consider your answers to the above questions as you read this article.

Read on for my essential UK packing list.

Things to consider when packing for your trip to the UK


The time of year you are visiting the UK can influence what you will need to pack. Broadly speaking the UK is warm in summer and cold in the winter.

The climate is however notoriously unreliable. For example, May can be a glorious month with hot sunny days one year but a gloomy washout the next.

Expect rain. And expect weather patterns to change rapidly. Sunny and warm one day but raining and chilly the next.

Packing tips to prepare for UK weather

  • Pack layers so you can add or remove clothing depending on the temperature.
  • Expect the weather to be cooler the further north you go (at all times of year)
  • Bring an umbrella all year round. Rain is one guaranteed feature of UK weather!

Read more – When is the best time to visit the UK? Seasonal and monthly guide

An image of two people holding Union Jack umbrellas a vital item in a UK packing list in front of the Houses of Parliament in London


Ensure you pack comfortable footwear. If you are planning to buy new shoes for your trip make sure you wear them before you travel. There is nothing worse than acquiring a blister or two on your first day.

In winter I recommend boots. Ensure that they are waterproof to keep your feet warm and dry.

In summer sandals are fine especially on warmer days. Avoid flip flops as they are not the best footwear in the UK at any time!

Sneakers are a great option all year round and practical for most activities. Just ensure that they are waterproof.


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I recommend planning carefully when it comes to deciding what luggage to use. If you are travelling round the UK by train for example you may want to reconsider taking an enormous suitcase!

I recommend a medium-sized wheelie suitcase for UK travel. If you want to take one carry on only it is important to check size requirements with your airline as some airlines are more generous than others.

Consider your weight allowance too. If your suitcase is full and/or at its weight limit on your outbound flight it means you can’t buy any souvenirs when you are in the UK! An expandable suitcase would be an excellent option for those of you intending to purchase gifts and souvenirs of your trip.

I also highly recommend using packing cubes as an efficient way to arrange your suitcase. It took me a while to be convinced but not I use them every time I travel. They are particularly useful if you are planning to change locations during your UK vacation as you can pack clothing into packing cubes for each destination.

Make sure your bag/suitcase is easily manoeuvrable and lightweight especially if you are intending to use public transport in the UK.

London Fog Newcastle 3 piece set
Orange case
Suitcase set
Coolife suitcases
Samsonite suitcase

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Essential travel items – don’t leave home without these!

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Driving Licence
Document Wallet 4
Document Wallet 3
Document Wallet 2
Travel Document Wallet
travelon bag
Travelon bag
theft proof bag
theft proof bag
Anti theft bag 2
Cross body bag 3
Cross body bag 2
Cross body bag

UK packing list

Items you will need all year round!

  • Travel umbrella
Premier umbrella
Travel Umbrella 3
Samsonite travel umbrella
Travel Umbrella
  • Rain Jacket
Belted Raincoat
Green raincoat
Yellow raincoat
Rain coat
Rain jacket

Electrical Equipment

  • Kindle Oasis
  • Headphones or earbuds
Noise cancelling earphones
Apple earbuds
  • Universal Travel Adapter

Read – Guide to UK voltage

Travel adaptor
Universal Travel Adaptor
Universal Travel Adaptor
  • Portable battery pack
Portable battery
Battery pack
  • Camera
  • Camera Strap

Guide books

Rough Guide Scotland (general)
Lonely Planet England
  • Rick Steves Great Britain
  • Rick Steves London
  • Lonely Planet England
  • Rough Guide Scotland

Read more – The best travel guide books for planning UK travel in 2024 and beyond

Toiletries and personal items checklist

Toiletry Bag

Hanging toiletry bag
Unisex toiletry bag
Mens toiletry bag
Travel toiletry bag for women


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Deodorant
  • Suncream
  • Shaver
  • Contact lens solution
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Shampoo bar
  • Makeup
  • Facial cleansing wipes
  • Deodorant
  • Chapstick
  • Hairbrush
  • Nail clippers
  • Tweezers
  • Earplugs
  • Sleep mask


Washing sheets
Washing line
Washing bags
Washing bag
  • Travel Laundry Clothesline Kit
  • Sewing kit
  • Portable washing bag
  • Laundry bags

Medicines & First Aid

Sun cream
First Aid Kit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Vitamin tablets
  • Medication
  • Scripts for medications
  • Headache tablets
  • Sun cream (summer)
  • Hand warmers (winter)

What to pack for UK travel all year round

I recommend taking a small selection of clothes you can mix and match.

Darker colours are best in winter. You will notice (especially if you are from the southern hemisphere) that people in the UK wear A LOT of black. Brighten up your outfits with a pretty scarf or two!

The number one rule for the UK at any time of year is to pack layers.

  • Underwear x 7
  • Bras x 4
  • Socks x 4 pairs
  • 3 x T shirts

What clothes to pack for London & the UK in winter

In winter I recommend packing a decent waterproof coat, a pair of waterproof boots, warm socks, a scarf and a couple of sets of hat and gloves (so you have a spare if one gets wet)

You will discover that many shops in the UK are really hot in winter so it is useful to remove layers easily.

The London Underground can also be stifling even in winter so it is best to dress in layers to avoid overheating.

  • 3 x sweater/long-sleeved tops
  • coat 
  • 3 x leggings
  • 1 x trousers/jeans
  • 1 x dress
  • 2 x thermal tights/pantyhose
  • 2 x hat/glove/scarf sets
  • 2 x Thermal vest
Knitted dress
Scarf set
Red coat
Grey sweater

What clothes to pack for London & the UK in summer

In summer I would swop winter sweaters for a few more T-shirts. Pack a couple of pairs of shorts, cropped trousers and linen trousers.

Don’t forget to pack a sunhat and your sunglasses.

Find more packing ideas in my UK travel packing essentials guide, which complements this post.

Cropped trousers
summer dress
Summer hat
summer t shirt
Summer scarf
Linen trousers

What clothes to pack for London & the UK in spring & autumn

The temperatures in spring and autumn can vary wildly! Again I recommend packing layers – the weather could be warm one day and cool the next.

I would forget the shorts and pack an extra pair of jeans and/or leggings.

You should be ok with sneakers rather than boots in April/May and September/October.

Enjoy your trip to the UK!

With this packing list you will be fully equipped for your UK vacation. Just remember less is more and there are some great stores in London if you find you need an extra few items!


The UK TRAVEL TOOLKIT is the perfect resource to organize and track your itinerary.

It includes pre-travel checklists, pages for essential destination information such as hotel reservations and bookings, a packing list, budget tracking sheets, important contact numbers and addresses, tour information, flight information, car hire, train travel planner, daily travel memories as well as at a glance pages for weekly and daily itineraries.

Available to download and print off or to use as an editable planner on your laptop or iPad this is the ideal tool to reduce stress and stay organised both before and during your trip.


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