Scotland is a place that can attract many different experiences. Hiking in the Highlands, whisky tours, sightseeing in Glasgow and Edinburgh, road trips along the coasts – the possibilities for adventure are endless.
Have you already booked a trip to Scotland, or are you about to do so? How should you pack for the best experience? You may need to think about that for a while. Luckily, we’ve done some thinking for you and here we can present a packing list for a trip to Scotland.
Packlists for your trip to Scotland
Here are three packing lists with different themes. It’s all about road trips, hiking and the big city. We’ve included everything you might need for these different types of trips and we think they’re pretty complete.
If you want to do a bit of everything in Scotland, you can of course combine the packing lists however you like. Just remember to always (always!) pack clothes and shoes for rainy weather! With the right clothes, you have every opportunity to see and experience Scotland at its best.
Clothing for road trips in Scotland
- Long sleeve t-shirts
- Functional sweaters
- Knitted sweater
- Head sweater/fleece sweater
- Jeans/hiking pants
- Wind- and waterproof jacket
- Rain cap
- Waterproof shoes/lighter boots (Buy with a Go Outdoors discount voucher)
- Rain boots
Equipment for road trips
- Water bottle
- Cooling bag
- Plastic bags
- Towel (Buy with a Dunelm discount voucher)
- Scent spreaders
- Head lamp
- Cigarette socket charger
- Physical Travel Guide (Buy with a Waterstones discount voucher)
- First aid
- Coffein pills
- Axiety tablets
Clothing for hiking in Scotland
- Thin sweatshirts
- Fleece sweater (Buy with a Berghaus discount voucher)
- Jeans/hiking pants
- Wool stockings
- Buff/neck scarf
- Waterproof hiking boots
- Waterproof jacket
Equipment for hiking
- Waterproof backpack
- Rain and shelter
- Sunglasses (Buy with a Fashion Eyewear discount voucher)
- Liquid system
- Water filter
- Head lamp
- Shockproof and waterproof mobile shell
- Chafing plasters
- First Aid Kit
Clothing for weekends in Glasgow and Edinburgh
- Jeans/Long Pants (Buy with a Dapper Street discount voucher)
- Cotton jacket/jeans jacket
- Waterproof jacket/coat
- Sneakers/comfortable walking shoes
- Waterproof boots/rain boots
Smart gadgets to pack
- Travel adapter (optional)
- Reading tablet/tablet
- Powerbank (Buy with a Robert Dyas discount voucher)
- Camera with SD card
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping mask
- Travel guides (Glasgow/Edinburgh)
Money and travel documents
- Cash (cards are not accepted everywhere)
- Bank cards/credit cards
- Copy of passport
- EU insurance card
- Copy of conditions of insurance
- Bookings and tickets
Pharmacy and hygiene
- Oral hygiene
- Hair care
- Skincare (Buy with an AllBeauty.com discount voucher)
- Face care
- Things for shaving
- Wet wipes
- First aid
- Pain killers
- Hand sanitizers
- Sun protection factor
Don’t miss these four tips for your trip to Scotland!
Of course, a trip to Scotland is always more fun and better in every way with good planning and good packing. We’ve provided complete packing lists for hiking, road trips and city adventures. Below are some additional tips for your trip.
Pack like it’s going to storm every day
An article on the theme of packing list for a trip to Scotland cannot be complete without a few extra words about the weather. It is said that the Scots have over 100 words to describe different types of rainy weather. It says something that the sun may not shine from a blue sky every day.
Throughout the year, precipitation of some kind occurs about two out of every three days. So a one-week stay means about five days of precipitation and with a bit of bad luck it can rain and/or snow every day.
At the same time, we can tell you that it rarely rains all day. There can be only a few minutes between hail from an ash-grey sky to brilliant sunshine. The weather is almost an experience in itself!
We won’t interfere with your travel plans. It’s just important to know that you can expect precipitation (and also a lot of wind).
Then the question is how to pack to cope with the precipitation and the rapid weather changes. The basic rule is “layer on layer”.
Imagine that you are in the highlands. It’s 18 degrees and the sun is shining. You wear a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of more durable hiking pants. Suddenly the wind picks up and it gets cold. You then put on a warmer mid-layer. Then it starts to rain. Then put on a windproof and waterproof jacket.
Another rule to remember is to make sure you always keep your feet dry. It doesn’t matter if you’re on a weekend break in Edinburgh or hiking in the Highlands – it’s no fun getting your feet wet. Pack rubber boots and/or fully waterproof boots.
Pack extra warm clothes
Scotland is not only known for its variations in rainfall. There is also a lot of wind here and the wind makes everything much colder.
For example, if the air is 10 degrees above zero and the wind speed is “fresh wind”, the temperature feels like 6 degrees above zero. That difference might make you want to add an extra layer under your jacket.
The tip is to pack some extra warm clothes. A good example is functional sweaters that you can wear under a jacket. It also doesn’t hurt to bring a hat and gloves, even if you’re making the trip to Scotland during the hottest months.
Read on and take a travel guide to Scotland
Everything on holiday will be so much more fun if you have some prior knowledge. Everything will also be more fun if you have planned at least a little before you land.
There are plenty of excellent travel guides to Scotland. Some are about the country as a whole while others focus on Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Highlands or the North West Islands.
If you’re going to Glasgow, buy a travel guide and start reading. Read about sights and attractions, exciting shopping, interesting restaurants and more to help you plan your trip. Then take the travel guide with you so you don’t miss out!
In Scotland, fashion is all about function over form
Of course you want to look your best on holiday. It’s part of the experience to wear nice clothes that you feel comfortable in. In Scottish fashion, however, function takes precedence over form.
Rain and wind and glassy cobbles mean that durable, waterproof garments and waterproof shoes with good grip are the name of the game, not high heels and jackets in delicate materials. Having said that, you can of course choose garments in your wardrobe that you think are nice, as long as they can withstand the weather!
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