Autumn is in the air. Or it’s supposed to be. London’s had mixed weather lately, but I’m sure things will return to normal soon. If you’re traveling to the UK this fall and want a local’s advice for what to bring, here’s my essential autumn packing list for London. These 5 items will help you travel light and look like a local. And who wouldn’t want that?
Autumn Packing List for London
Being a shoulder season, autumn can have mixed weather in London. One day it feels like summer, the next it threatens to snow. When I first moved to London this erratic climate threw me off. But now that I’ve been through 9 years of it, I’ve learned what I need to survive. I hope that by sharing my findings with you I will help you avoid the mistakes I made.
I love jeans. I wear them almost every day, summer or winter, rain or shine. And in the autumn they’re the perfect thing to wear with sweaters and boots. Durable enough to withstand the weather and warm enough to resist the cold, they couldn’t be better suited for the season.
As far as the type, I swear by AG jeans and 7 For All Mankind. I’ve had countless pairs over the years and they fit perfectly. If you’re in the UK, these are the perfect pair. If you’re in the US, check these out.
In the same way I included summer scarves in my summer packing list, I’m putting autumn ones on my autumn packing list. Scarves are a staple of any Londoner’s wardrobe, and autumn scarves are perfect for the season’s ever-changing weather.
They’re a great way to accent an outfit, too. If you’re in the UK, you can buy one here. If you’re in the US, you can get one here.
Nothing fights the impending chill like a good coat, and I never walk out the door without one. Heavier than my summer trench but shorter than my winter coat, my autumn coat offers a good balance for the season in between. It’s also a great wardrobe investment, as I wear it more than anything else I own in the fall. If you’re in the UK, you can get one here. If you’re in the US, you can get one here.
Under my coat, I always like to wear a good autumn sweater (er, jumper). I’m a sucker for light cashmere ones, not least because they’re so soft I feel like I’m walking in a cloud. But beyond touch, they also keep me warm.
On days when I don’t need a coat, I can layer them and know I’ll still be toasty if the weather turns. If you’re in the UK, this is a good one. If you’re in the US, this one is just the thing.
If flats are the perfect summer shoes, boots are just the thing for autumn. It’s usually not cold enough for calf-height boots until November, so I like to go with a shorter boot before the cold creeps in. Flat ankle boots are great for walking around London, and keep my feet warm and dry on rainy days (and there can be a lot of them!). You can buy them here.
To recap, here is my autumn packing list for London:
2. Autumn scarf
3. Autumn coat
4. Autumn sweaters
5. Ankle boots
Beyond these 5 items, I still recommend the umbrella and bag I mentioned in my summer packing list. They’re useful year-round, and are good things to have on any trip to London.
If you follow this packing list you’ll be all set for your visit, rain or shine. Happy travels!
How about you? What would you put on your autumn packing list for London?
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