Packing For Scotland In August

I’m so excited to be headed to Scotland with Kelsey and our friend Jeanine in just a few days! We’re staying for 10 days and will be traveling all over the country, from Glasgow to Inverness to Edinburgh and more. You can bet we’ll be sharing a bunch of details and photos from our trip over the next couple of months, but in the meantime, I wanted to delve into the most stressful part of travel – packing!

Packing can be difficult, especially when you’re traveling somewhere you’ve never been or somewhere with a different climate than where you live. Since taking a look at someone else’s packing list can be helpful, I thought I’d share some of the things I’m planning to bring with me to Scotland. Hopefully this will come in handy if you’re ever headed there or planning a trip elsewhere in the UK!

Since we all live in Chicago, Kelsey, Jeanine, and I know first-hand that being prepared for the weather is key, and as our trip approaches, we’ve been closely watching the weather across the pond. Between the weather channel, research, and tips from an acquaintance who lives there, we know that Scotland in August means temperatures in the 50s and 60s Fahrenheit (roughly between 10 and 18 degrees Celsius), rain showers, and lots of wind. That means layering is going to be crucial.

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Photo: J. Crew Factory
T-shirts in a variety of basic colors are great for travel anywhere and make for easy layering. I’m bringing both long- and short-sleeved styles in a slightly oversized fit for maximum comfort while exploring.

Try: J. Crew Factory | Cotton:On | Old Navy

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Photo: American Eagle Outfitters
For layering over t-shirts (or wearing on their own), I’m bringing two types of tops: heavier button downs (for example, chambray, military/utility or flannel)…

Try: American Eagle Outfitters | J. Crew | Maurices

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Photo: Cotton:On
…and light, oversized sweaters. Either type is perfect for fighting off chillier weather or strong winds.

Try: Cotton:On | Target | Zara

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Photo: American Eagle Outfitters
Bringing a couple good pairs of jeans is a given on any trip to a slightly cooler climate. High-waisted jeggings from American Eagle are my favorite jeans and are already a staple in my closet, so naturally I’m bringing them with me to Scotland.

Try: American Eagle Outfitters | Gap | Express

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Photo: Columbia
There’s a reason the UK has a reputation for rainy weather, and since we’re likely to see at least a few showers, a lightweight, hooded rain jacket is a necessity for this trip. Somehow, despite having lived in Chicago for my entire life, I didn’t have a raincoat, but I was able to pick up a Columbia on sale.

Try: Columbia | Joules | Nordstrom

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Photo: Macy’s
What’s the point of having a rain jacket if your feet get wet? Duck boots are a cute and comfortable alternative to traditional rain boots that can be worn rain or shine. I’m especially happy I’ll have them for our planned hike to the Devil’s Pulpit at Finnich Glen!

Try: Macy’s | Sperry | L.L.Bean

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Photo: Target
And finally, to carry with me on the plane, around town, and on day trips to visit historic sites and the Glenmorangie distillery, I picked up a small floral backpack that will fit my laptop, camera, toiletries, and (of course) snacks.

Try: Target | Forever21 | Herschel Supply Co.

Is packing as stressful for you as it is for me? How do you usually prepare to travel? Is there anything you think we should check out while we’re in Scotland? Let us know in the comments below!

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