What to Pack/Wear in UK

Old Sep 8th, 2010, 08:40 AM
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What to Pack/Wear in UK

I'm traveling to the UK for 2 weeks Sept. 29-October 13 and have no idea what to pack. Ideas?
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 08:42 AM
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Nope not one.
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I'm soon going to Scotland.
I actually live in the UK and share your problem.
I'm going with our old friend, layers.
It is unlikely to be hot, so you can leave your shorts behind.
It will also probably not be freezing cold.
Take a fairly light warm jacket, preferably waterproof.
Long sleeved shirts or blouses and a woollen jumper (sweater) or cardigan would be useful. Again, you don't need really heavy woollens (I hope).
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To expand on the original request for advice ... we will be going to Ryder Cup and sightseeing in Cheltenham, Wales, Liverpool, Southport, etc. The second week will be spent sightseeing in London with a day trip to Paris.
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Thanks, MissPrism ... very helpful!
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Old Sep 8th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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layers.

waterproofs.

an umbrella.

at least two pairs of comfortable waterproof shoes.

sandals

a sunhat.

anything else - you can get it here.
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It sort of depends on what you are doing, but as tourists we are generally outdoors more than we are at home, so a raincoat and umbrella or a goretex jacket and umbrella are a good idea since it will rain. Ditto good walking shoes, two pairs if you can manage them as suggested above or at least something to change into in the evening and perhaps for the next day. This is critical if you are planning to spend time in the country that involves walking, i.e., going to the Ryder Cup.

My wife would never go without a scarf, gloves, and hat since it is cool in the damp, and it is often damp whether or not it is raining.

At that time of year, both of us would wear lightweight trousers, long sleeve shirts, cashmere pullovers, etc during the day for touring, walking around, and going to museums and churches. In late October, I would change lighter trousers for corduroy and in December, move on to wool.

In the evening, it is a blazer and dark trousers for me and dress/skirt and blouse/smart trousers and blouse or top for her if we want to eat anywhere that is not pretty casual.

If we are planning to eat in a well-known or upscale restaurant, I add a tie, though not everyone who is local would. It doesn't hurt to be a bit better dressed if the staff don't know you, but in many places, especially in London you will see everything from men in business suits to creative types with shaved heads in shirtsleeves.

There are about eight million rules about what one wears when, but what you have above mostly covers it for visitors.
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Great responses! Thanks so much ...
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