WHAT TO PACK FOR AN AUTUMN TRIP TO SCOTLAND
Updated: Feb 25, 2019
It's no secret that packing is challenging enough, what with the excess belongings and trying to fit all of the essentials into one bag, but packing for a different country is even trickier. What if it rains? How cold is it going to get? What if it gets really warm?
Scotland is notorious for it's split second changes in the weather: one minute you're stood in glorious warm sunshine and the next you're running for cover from torrential downpours. So how do you pack for every situation?
1 - Figure out how many clothes you'll actually need for the time you're away
That doesn't mean two outfits every day and two spare jumpers and another pair of jeans just in case. Be realistic. Backpacking isn't known for being glamorous, expect to wear the same clothes more than once. If you're only going to be away for three days then you won't need more than two sets of clothes at a max.
2 - Wear the stuff you 'might need'
I always find it handy to travel in the things I might need, instead of packing it into the furthest corners of my backpack. Wear your hat, scarf and gloves and shove them in your backpack if you need to. Not only does this save room in your backpack but it also really helps me in deciding whether those 'just in case' items are really justified.
3 - Wear layers
With a country like Scotland it could be ten degrees or minus ten during the winter/early spring, so I find it best to pack layers: thin long sleeved tops, thin shirts and jackets that can be layered up or down as you need to.
Swap bulky jeans for thin leggings and bring a pair of tights for those chilly days. I always bring a thicker jumper(s) for when it gets chilly on a night, but I find that bringing layers saves room and means you aren't freezing cold or boiling hot either.
4 - Be flexible and double up
By this I mean be prepared to wear things multiple times if needs be. Depending on how long your trip is and where you're headed, using a washing machine to freshen up your clothes is always an option.
For when that isn't practical, bring clothes that can double up: bring a smart(ish) jumper that can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a hike.
Don't be afraid of wearing the same clothes twice, or even three times! As long as it's relatively clean it won't matter, and chances are no one is going to notice! It saves you a ton of room, and not to mention less of the dreaded washing when you get home.
As long as you're sensible and check the weather before you go, packing for a trip to Scotland should be a doddle!