London is one of the most popular cities for travellers. If you are planning a week-long trip or just taking one of the many London day tours in the near future, you have to start preparing early. The most important part of the preparation phase is packing.
Here is a brief guide on what you should pack for a trip to London:
Check the Forecast
The weather of London is notoriously damp and chilly almost throughout the year. That being said, it is a good idea to check the weather forecast before you start packing. Go over the expected weather over the next week or so. Finding accurate weather forecast reports shouldn’t be a problem. However, you should carry an umbrella or at least a waterproof jacket regardless of the weather forecast.
Pack Essentials Only
To make your trip comfortable, it is important that you don’t have to carry around too much luggage. This is why you should stick to essentials when packing. You will need a few changes of clothes, depending on the length of time you plan to stay in London. Everyday items like toothbrushes, phone chargers, etc, are easily available in London so you can skip them.
Take Layers of Clothing
You have to take several layers of clothing with you. Even if you check the weather forecast, you might be in for a surprise when you land at the Heathrow and step out. This is particularly true if you are coming in from a place with a warmer climate. You might assume the temperature isn’t too low but you may feel chilly from the outset. This is why it is important to have layering so you can pack it on should you feel cold. Of course, you can remove the layers if you feel hot.
Don’t Forget Your Medication
If you are on regular medication, make sure you get your prescription filled for the duration of your stay in London. You can get over the counter drugs in London easily but if you require a prescription, it could take you a while to get the medicines. It is better to bring your medicines along rather than looking for them after getting here.
Bring Comfortable Walking Shoes
In London, you will have to do a lot of walking. Much of the charm of this large city is in walking. Most of the must-see sites in London are better explored on foot. There are some areas where it is a good idea to walk around rather than taking a cab or travelling by public transport. So, unless you like blisters on your feet, bring comfortable walking shoes.
Before departing, download a map of London on your smartphone or tablet. If you don’t have a mobile device, get a map. Also, don’t forget to bring a camera. You will regret it for the rest of your life if you aren’t able to snap pictures of your visit to London.
So, this is a brief guide about packing for a trip to London. Keep in mind that these are general guidelines. Any item you feel is necessary for your trip, you should put it in the bag.