When it comes to deciding what to pack for a trip to London, it all comes down to making sure you’re prepared to deal with 4 seasons in a day. I’m not kidding! There are six essentials I can recommend, plus a few suggestions for clothes, but everything else is really optional. Keep calm and pack on! Here is what to pack for your next London trip.
London Packing Essentials
Bring Comfortable Shoes for Walking Around London
London is an incredibly walkable city. To avoid sore feet, pack very comfortable walking shoes with good support. I’m really serious about the support bit … don’t think you can do it on Converse or Vans. You’ll be logging miles around London walking to attractions, down and up the tube steps and exploring museums.
A lightweight crossbody (Uniqlo) bag or backpack is perfect for carrying your daily essentials around. Avoid overpacking bigger bags that will weigh you down.
Foldable Tote Bag
While we’re on the topic of bags: do pack a foldable tote bag to carry purchases as many stores and markets in London charge for plastic and paper bags. And you’re also saving the planet, so win win.
Reusable Water Bottle
Pack a reusable water bottle before your trip. Unlike what the tourists on TikTok say, you can fill up your water bottle from fountains, restaurants, and cafes rather than buying bottled water every time you’re thirsty. This saves money and reduces waste!
A Compact Umbrella
London is famous for its rainy weather so make sure to pack a compact umbrella if you have one. Yes, you can get umbrellas in London, but it’s a waste of money if you have one, they are ridiculously priced in touristy areas. My go-to is the Fulton Open & Compact which has lasted me a long time, the only reason I re-bought it is that I left mine on the tube!
Don’t forget UK power outlets are different! Pack a travel adapter so you can charge your phone, camera, and other electronics during your stay. You can get these in London as well, but they do overcharge you, so make sure you bring your own or invest in a good set before you travel. Some spots may have USB charging outlets, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What Clothes To Pack For Your London Trip
If you come from a similar climate, take things that you usually wear and that are comfortable for long days out.
Are you coming from a different climate? Packing for London requires some strategic planning no matter the season. The weather can fluctuate from sunny to rainy in a snap.
Start by researching average temperatures and rainfall for the months you’ll be visiting. This will give you insight into how to pack properly.
Next, focus on versatile pieces that transition well. Pack clothing in complementary colours that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Stick to fabrics like lightweight cotton, linen, or merino wool that won’t overheat but provide warmth if needed.
Be sure to bring proper outerwear. Spring and summer call for a rain jacket or trench coat. For fall and winter, pack a warm wool coat, hat, scarf, and gloves.