As a native Brit, I’ve been to the motherland countless times. If you’ve never been, you have to go! The history is rich and although the weather sometimes leaves something to be desired, it’s a fun, diverse town with tons to do, see, and eat. Here’s how I like to pack for a trip abroad.
Our trip starts with a red-eye flight on Thursday night. Since you’re traveling against the clock (at least you are from NYC) this is the best option if you don’t want to lose daylight. In order to arrive bright eyed and bushy tailed on Friday morning, we’re going to need to get some shut-eye. Invest in a quality neck pillow (memory foam is best) and a sleep mask and you’ll feel right at home. Ear plugs are a good idea too, if you’re sensitive to noise.
Most over-night flights give you a little blanket, but it barely does anything. In fact, it’s pretty useless. I love bringing a pashmina, cape, or wrap to drape over me as I sleep. Because they’re fashionable too, you can wear them during your trip- doubling up on their worth and saving you luggage space.
You’ll want to soak in the history and culture, so make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. Sneakers are back in style all over the globe and are more than appropriate for every-day wear.
If sneaks aren’t your thing, consider some pretty flats that can transition from day to night. Whether they’re slip-on mules, oxford shoes, or low-heeled boots, these babies will keep your feet happy for hours on end.
England is known for it’s unpredictable weather. It can be sunny one minute and rain the next, so you’ll want to be prepared. For the warmer months, a brimmed hat will keep the sun out of your eyes, while a beanie might be necessary in the fall and winter.
You might also want to consider packing a small umbrella, as it’s known to rain a lot. You can always pick one up on the street, if necessary, but it might be flimsy and a waste of travel money!
As always, I keep a couple pairs of sunnies in my purse no matter what time of year. Here are some of my favorite styles and brands right now:
As far as packing outfits is concerned, London is one of the fashion capitals of the world. Like it’s counterparts (New York, Paris, Milan) anything goes, so rock whatever makes you feel fabulous. The classic London look is preppy with a dash of rock ‘n roll- this is the birthplace of the 1960s British Invastion after-all. Quality always overcomes quantity here, so rich-looking classics with a hint of modern trend is a great way to go.
Follow me on Instagram to see how the trip is going and check back next week for a tell-all article. Cheer!