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Raingear for England,Scotland,Wales-mid April

Raingear for England,Scotland,Wales-mid April

Feb 23rd, 2007, 05:35 AM
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Raingear for England,Scotland,Wales-mid April

I'm about to buy rain gear for my upcoming trip to Great Britain-(April 15th-April 28th)-Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what might be absolutely necessary to bring?-Thank you in advance
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 05:55 AM
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I have found a rain poncho (hooded) is great. I also carry the smallest umbrella I can find.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 05:59 AM
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I have a lands end rain/shine jacket with a hood..
it was under $50.. and its loose enough to layer under..and the best part - its bright yellow so whoever I am traveling with can find me when I wander off !
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 06:04 AM
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I'll be in East Anglia about the same time (as I was last year) and agree with taking a compact umbrella. I also take a pair of waterproofed (with silicone) walking/work shoes which eliminates the need for overshoes.

I use an LL Bean rainjacket with a hood that has never failed me.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 06:43 AM
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UnderArmour. The dampness chills you to the bone.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 06:44 AM
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Oh ya - and we were in Scotland in June and bought gloves and hats to keep warm -- and had to do some "mandatory shopping" for cashmere scarves -- that we WORE!
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 07:29 AM
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Well, Goretex rainwear is always good, for breathing as well as waterproofing. But Goretex is not cheap. And make sure that small umbrella is lightweight also. I have an aluminum one I bought in Salzburg.

From Goretex land (Seattle), making notes about a hat and gloves for our trip to Scotland in May.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 07:35 AM
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Forgot to mention -- I know everyone has different "tolerances" for cold.... so to understand my cold weather tolerance -- I was born and raised in Iowa and have lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota for the past 10 yrs - cold winters all my life.... The fist time I visited Scotland it was August and I wore a light jacket and long pants everyday (never unpacked my shorts for sure) and you saw my comments about last year's June trip....
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 07:44 AM
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You might want to consider waterproof trousers of the type that golfers use. When it rains in Scotland, it can often be horizontal and pants can be saturated very quickly. These can keep you warm too and they do not weigh much.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 10:13 AM
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Yes, if you are out hiking, you might want to consider rain pants as well. The wind on the Highlands is strong and the rain will be horizontal. Have a great time!
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 10:17 AM
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As a Brit, unless I'm out hiking I just put an umbrella up. If you're hiking a kagoul is good, personally I hate waterproof trousers and would rather take a spare normal pair in my rucksack and change once the rain stops.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 10:49 AM
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Kagoul? Is that like an anorak?
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 10:54 AM
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Bit thinner than an anorak - it's just the outer waterproof layer. Equally cool though.
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Feb 23rd, 2007, 11:05 AM
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Hmm, a bit of googling turns up some info. I think an American will have better luck looking for a "rain jacket" or "rain poncho", as kagouls, cagoules, and even anoraks are unusual terms here. Or you could buy a genuine kagoul after you arrive, for that extra "not looking like a tourist" factor!
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Feb 24th, 2007, 07:25 PM
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I'm going to Scotland in Early May. I'm thinking of buying some "Wellie" rain proof boots. JCrew is selling them right now.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 01:42 AM
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Don't buy wellies if you mean to walk. They're awful for walking in. Trust me on this.

Get a good pair of waterproof walking boots or shoes and stay out of rivers and bogs, instead.

It won't be cold in April so get something waterproof you can wear over what you're wearing. Make it breathable. I hate kagouls because they're not. If you can afford it, get Goretex.
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Feb 25th, 2007, 07:23 AM
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I guess that I don't understand your need to purchase rain gear. I have been to Great Britain many times and I just wear what I would wear at home when it rains. I returned from a very wet trip two weeks ago and I didn't take anything special, just stuff from home.
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Feb 27th, 2007, 03:50 PM
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I'm looking for some good Rain proof Boots now. I'm not getting wellies. They really are to big to carry around......Does anyone have suggestions on good boots.
My fiance says to me "Just wear sneakers". Well, for one I'm just not a sneakers kind of girl. And they aren't rainproof...
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Feb 27th, 2007, 05:10 PM
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I would say any type of rain coat and lots of layers. April should be really nice but you never know. The dafodils should be out.
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