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Summertime can be the most favorable season to plan a trip to Scotland. The warm and dry weather, festivals, and extended daylight tend to bring more visitors to the small country at this time of year. If you find yourself headed to Scotland, continue reading for tips that will keep you looking good and prepared on your upcoming trip.
Clothing tips for Scotland
Written by: Niki Landry
Be prepared for the unpredictable weather.
On a typical visit to Scotland most travelers will spend a few days in the cities, and the majority of their time will be spent exploring the outdoors in the Highlands and countryside. Packing items that can work for both situations is important, as is being prepared for the unpredictable weather.
The weather during the summer does tend to be warmer and drier, but this is relative to the country’s other seasons. It may be colder than expected, and be prepared for sudden rain and temperature changes depending on the region. Prepare for the unexpected with a small umbrella, a raincoat, and if possible waterproof sneakers.
Unless you are doing serious hiking, look for sneakers with some weather protection. They will take up less room in your luggage than bulky boots, and would be suitable for your daily activities in the cities and towns.
Always check the weather forecast before your trip. Once you’ve researched the weather, you can focus on creating a travel capsule wardrobe.
Bring along fashionable fleece.
The temperature can drop at night, and if the weather is humid it will feel colder than the temperature suggests. Be sure to have one or two warm sweaters you can layer over your clothing. Select a neutral color or pattern that can coordinate with most of your outfits, or if your overall palette is neutral opt for a pop of color.
Use packing cubes to help you organize and even compress your belongings to maximize your space.
You can’t beat a pair of leggings.
A good quality medium weight legging will be indispensible on a trip to Scotland. It will keep you warm while outdoors, and comfortable in the cities. I am addicted to Athleta brand leggings, because they hold their shape and color after many of washings. Be careful that your choice doesn’t stretch or sag after one wear. Also, look for a legging without the shine that signals workout gear. A matte fabric will be more versatile over the length of your trip.
Flat Boots are the best shoes.
The best shoes for walking around in the towns and cities are comfortable flat boots. A neutral pair that would look good with jeans or dresses is your best bet. Also, choose a light pair that wont weigh down your luggage. Make sure to break them in before your trip to prevent rubbing and sore feet.
Don’t forget to protect yourself from the midges. If you are traveling to an area where midges are prevalent, be sure to take along a little skin protection. Some people swear by Avon Skin So Soft, but I would stick to proven insect repellents to keep the bites at bay.
The best way to enjoy your holiday no matter the conditions is to be prepared. Pack the essentials and layer in other pieces and accessories that reflect your personal style.
Do you have any tips to add? Please comment below!
For more Europe summer packing tips, please read:
- What to Wear in Hungary: 5 Quick Packing Tips for Budapest in Summer
- What to Wear in Greece in Summer: Islands and Cruising
- Planning a Summer Barcelona Vacation? Follow these 8 Packing Tips!
- 5 Wardrobe Essentials for a Summer Trip to Madrid
Suggested travel resources:
- Lonely Planet Europe on a Shoestring
- Lonely Planet Scotland (Country Guide)
- Travel Shoes for Europe
- The Best Carry-on Suitcases for Europe
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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs. nikilandry.com nikilandrydesigns niki-landry-designs-llc