Wondering what to pack for London? I took a trip to London in the fall and learned a lot about what to wear in London for cooler weather. I’ve included a London packing list below so you’ll know exactly what to pack for your London trip.
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Capsule Wardrobe for London
Whenever I travel I try to pack using the capsule wardrobe method. If you aren’t familiar, I can tell you about it super simply:
A capsule wardrobe is a set of clothes that are simple, functional, timeless, and able to be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits.
A capsule wardrobe can be used as your home wardrobe, but concept also translates very well to packing for travel due to the small number of pieces needed to create a full wardrobe.
Why Pack Using a Capsule Wardrobe?
Creating a capsule wardrobe for travel will help keep you luggage light. You won’t need to pack a pair of pants for each day if the two pairs you choose can go with all of your tops.
Using a capsule wardrobe while traveling makes getting dressed easy. Everything you brought with you already matches – less choices to make means that you can enjoy yourself more.
What to Pack for London in the Fall
I like to wear muted colors, but you should keep in mind that in London, the clothing colors are much more subdued. Looks like I will be fitting in with my typical color selection! Shades of navy, brown, black, and gray are preferable. Avoid wearing more than 3 different colors at once if you want to blend in with the locals.
Here is my London Packing List for 1 week
Travel experts generally say to never pack for more than one week. If you’re traveling for more than a week, plan to do laundry or get dry cleaning done!
- ✔︎ Underwear, bras, socks (3-4)
- ✔︎ Pants/jeans: (2-3 pairs)
- ✔︎ Dresses/skirts (1)
- ✔︎ Ankle boots, sneakers, flats (If you can pair down to two pairs, that’s even better)
- ✔︎ Raincoat
- ✔︎ PJs
- ✔︎ Long sleeved shirts (2-3)
- ✔︎ Short sleeved shirts (2-3)
- ✔︎ Cardigan
- ✔︎ Accessories: such as 1-2 infinity scarves and 1 showstopper necklace (a statement piece)
I kinda have a scarf problem, I like them way too much. You really only need 1-2 of these but if there is one thing that I bring extra of (because they make me feel good) are my scarves! I find the best scarves on Amazon!
Travel Underwear for Women
When it comes to travel underwear, I have a strong opinion on the matter. I purchased ExOfficio underwear for my London vacation and they did not disappoint. The underwear has breathable mesh fabric supplies airflow to keep you cool, which is especially important on long air plane travels. They are easy to care for (you can easily wash in a hotel room, they dry in 2.2 hours) so you only need a couple for each trip!
Layers for Traveling to London
Layers are oh so important in the Fall in London. The weather there is similar to fall weather in the Northeast US, where I live, which is to say it can sometimes be warm and sometimes be freezing! Don’t skip the raincoat, cardigan, and scarves.
Are you going to London with Kids? I did!
My kids were so excited about traveling to London, they kept asking me, “What’s the time in London?” They thought it was amazing that London time is five hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. It was a great opportunity to teach them about time zones for sure.
Ok kids, it’s time to pack for London! Here’s what you should pack your kids for a trip to London.
How to Pack for London with Kids in the Fall
Pack these items for each child for one week of travel. My list is slightly more boy-ish because that’s who I’m dressing. For girls, substitute one pair of pants for a skirt or dress if you’d like.
Depending on how messy your child is, you can get more wear out of some items. You might need to adjust what you pack based upon how clean your child keeps their clothes.
- 3 -4 casual shirts
- 2-3 polo shirts
- 4-5 pants
- 1 pair of pajamas
- 3-4 pairs of underpants
- 3-4 pairs of socks
- Rain coat (insulated if possible. We have this one.)
- Sweater or thermal jacket
- 2 pairs of shoes
- Add specific event attire (soccer match, afternoon tea, formal dinner)
As you can see the child’s capsule wardrobe consisted of simple colors. We actually got most of our items from Old Navy, which was very cost effective. Pro Tip: Visit their school uniform section for these types of items.
What Not to Bring on a London Trip
As mentioned earlier, bright colors will make you stand out like a sore thumb here. You generally don’t want to look like a tourist as it could make you at risk for theft. Leave the kids neon t-shirts and any flashy accessories at home.
Don’t bring shorts. It won’t be warm enough to wear them, and pants are going to be more acceptable in London’s more formal areas.
Packing a Carryon for a London Trip
Don’t panic, you can totally travel to London with just carry on luggage! The secret trick to this is using packing cubes. These let you compartmentalize your items into smaller packages that fit nicely together inside the small bag. Roll your clothes instead of folding them – this saves more room than you’d expect it would. Put things inside of shoes – don’t waste that space!
The other nice part of packing with cubes is that if you need to open the carry on to get something, you won’t need to re-pack the entire thing. Just take out the cube that you need, and then replace it. So easy!
Have an amazing time in London! This London packing list will help you stress less about what to bring and what to wear while you’re there.
Tell me – where is your favorite place to travel to? Have you been to the UK? Do you have experience packing using a capsule wardrobe?
Leave a comment! I’d love to learn about your experiences too.