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Traveling With Style: London Packing Guide

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The Big Smoke. London Town. The Swinging City. London is one of the most visited cities in the world and it’s not hard to see why. From music and sport to culture, art, history, and shopping, there really is something for everyone. But, to get the most out of your trip — however long it may be — you need to make sure you’ve got a variety of clothes, shoes, accessories, and other travel essentials.

 Why? Because the best way to travel around the UK is to travel prepared. And that doesn’t mean you have to cut corners when it comes to style either. Here, we reveal our top tips in the ultimate packing list for London.

Clothing

You can’t always rely on the sunshine making an appearance in London. But that’s not to say it shouldn’t be top of your wanderlust list. There are plenty of cafes, bars, museums, and galleries to get respite from any weather that’s on the chilly side, and you can also pick clothing for your trip accordingly. 

In the spring and summer, layers work well as you can easily remove a few if you start working up a sweat with all the walking. Think oversized shirts over vests, shackets thrown over a dress, or even a matching two-piece trousers and top set, which looks just as chic without the jacket.

When it comes to autumn and winter fashion trends, again layers are key. Some of the hottest now include chunky knits with high-waisted jeans, long-sleeved tops under strappy dresses, and midi skirts teamed with tights and roll necks. It also pays to think about what you’ve got planned. If you’re going to the theater or dining at one of the best restaurants, you might want to pack something a little more formal to wear in London.

Shoes

Where layers are key for clothing, it’s all about comfort when it comes to shoes. After all, you’re probably going to do a fair amount of walking or even have to run for a tube! Trainers, Timberlands, ankle boots, and Doc Martens can all be dressed up or down and are relatively transitional from season to season. Just be sure to check there aren’t any dress codes for places you want to visit.

If you do want to bring your favorite killer heels, you still can, but you may want to book a taxi to get around in the evening. Don’t worry though as there’s plenty of Ubers and hailing a black cab down is one of the most British things to do.

You may need specific type of shoes if you’re planning to do something fun like attending adventure sports themed Christmas parties. Your regular shoes may not be the most appropriate, which is why it is best to carry a tough pair that will get you through it all. 

 Technology
If you’re traveling from abroad, it’s a good idea to note that the United Kingdom might use a different plug socket system compared to what you’re used to. You’ll need to have a three-pin travel adapter, but you’ll be able to purchase these in London if you forget.

You probably don’t need a reminder but remember to carry your phone and camera for snapshots of your travels, or even a tablet to read, watch, or listen to something while traveling on the tube network. Headphones will also be useful for your own hearing and to avoid inconveniencing other people around you. 

 Also, remember to get in touch with your mobile phone provider before you travel to check that you can use your phone abroad, and whether there’ll be any additional charges. London is lucky enough to have lots of free WIFI hotspots though, so you can still check in with friends and social media regularly.

Other essentials
From chargers to purses, scarves, hats and even beauty products for the journey, there’s a whole host of extras that you don’t want to forget. For starters, you should never go away without relevant travel insurance such as World Nomads. Thereafter, it’s always a good idea to take different debit and credit cards — and keep them safe back at your accommodation — in case of an emergency.

 Whatever time of year you’re visiting London, a reusable water bottle, hand sanitizer, and good-sized day bag are all useful too. Packing cubes will also help you fit more into your suitcase for your trip. To top off the other essentials, you could pick up a London travel guide as well to ensure you don’t miss any must-see tourist attractions.

Get some extra bags if you plan to do some shopping, especially during the Christmas time. You may find great deals on christmas candles, home decor, clothing and more. Don’t miss the chance to get your friends and family some amazing presents. 

Storage
Another tip when it comes to packing and traveling to the UK’s capital is finding appropriate luggage storage in London. Many hotels and other accommodation providers won’t allow you to check in until the afternoon meaning, if you arrive earlier, you’ll need to drag your belongings with you around the city.

That’s exactly why London luggage storage should be a priority. With shops dotted around, you simply turn up, drop your bag off, collect a receipt, and then pick it up when you’re ready to check into your accommodation. It’s a great way to free up your hands and means you can start exploring the cityl straight away.

 So, there you have it — the ultimate London packing guide to help you to travel in style. Do you have any other tips? Let us know by commenting below.

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