After returning from a spur of the moment trip to the Isle of Wight, I’ve gained new appreciation for knowing what to pack for an Autumn country break. I’ve never gotten into the habit of remembering to make and use a packing list (similar to my shopping lists which never leave my pocket), but I think it makes travel less stressful if you have a plan, so here’s my recommendations.
Packing lists are extremely personal. At the very least they’re a reminder of what we should take and at best a list is an easy formula for reducing those “damn, I forgot______” moments.
Knowing what to pack for an Autumn country break in the UK is the key to comfort. If it’s autumn, temps can range from chilly to balmy, wet and dry. Plan on layering for your comfort level. Wind and rain can easily make you feel chilled if you’re not prepared.
Traveling in the south of England during September and October is;
- Warmer than I expected with more sunny days than cloudy
- Rain comes in short bursts or as extended periods of light mist
- When clouds roll in, temperatures drop in relation to the wind
- Near the coasts or up on hills? Windy.
- Paths get really mucky
The closer to the coast, the warmer and windier; the further north you go the colder, so adjust your pack accordingly
What to pack for an Autumn country break:
What to Pack – to Wear
– long sleeve t-shirt (2)
– light weight wool sweater
– lightweight sweatshirt hoodie
– sweater coat for travel or dressing up
– down vest
– down jacket or windproof jacket
– hat for wind, rain
– thicker stretch leggings
– stretch jeans
– walking shoes or trainers (waterproof boots if trail walking)
– slipper socks, undies, comfortable bra,
– sleep t shirt
– lightweight jogging pants to relax in at the end of day
What to Pack – Body
– essential makeup
– shampoo/conditioner travel size
– body lotion
– eye makeup remover
– Q Tips
– face and body soap
– nail clippers & file
– travel tissues
What to Pack – Tech
– phone, tablet
– charger for phone/tablet
– outlet converter for phone/tablet charge if needed
– mini travel hairdryer/curling iron
What to Pack – Extras
– small water bottle
– energy bar, small bag of almonds/cashews
– travel apps on your phone to keep track of details
– small notebook
What to Pack – Bags
– wheeled suitcase carryon
– backpack for day tripping
– over the shoulder mini handbag
Pack only what goes together. Sounds simple doesn’t it? When I ignore this, I get frustrated at pulling together an outfit. Lately I’ve been packing navy blue, olive or dark green and white. Even down to my shoes!
Knowing what to pack for an Autumn country break in the UK or Europe is a bit of wizardry. Being prepared for wind, rain and chill isn’t as hard as it sounds. Unless you’re planning on hiking outside for long periods, there is usually a pub, bus, train or car to duck into if the weather turns bad.
I’ve found umbrellas don’t really work as you want to keep your arms and hands free. It’s unlikely you’ll get a heavy downpour for long. A hat and weather proof jacket is your best option.
Don’t believe the hype. Temps can fluctuate but in the south of England, France or Italy, it’s usually mild especially during September and October. I’ll update you as November and December roll around!
About the only thing you can count on with the weather is change. So pack accordingly and you’ll be able to layer like a local.