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How To Dress for Travel In England

15 Mar How To Dress for Travel In England

So you’re going to England on a trip! Traveling is exciting, whether it is for business or pleasure. England is full of history and culture. There are so many things to do and places to see. Even if you are required to spend some of your time in the office, you can easily transition to sightseeing with a little preparation. Whatever your reasons for going, there are a few things you should bring along to make your trip more comfortable. England can be chilly and gets a lot of rain, so pack and dress for the weather and the time of year that your trip is taking place.

 

Dress in Layers

While the summer months can be warm, England is generally a bit on the cooler side, so you need to be prepared. Temperatures often drop in the evenings or after rain. Your best bet to be comfortable no matter what the day brings, is to dress in layers. Carrying a men’s fleece jacket is the perfect solution to quickly add some warmth when it’s required, without spending the majority of the day sweating under the sun. Choose your jacket to be a neutral color and go with any outfit. That way you can bring it along each day and wear it whenever you need a little something extra to keep warm. Many restaurants, museums, and other popular tourist spots can often be cold, so a jacket will let you take in all there is to see without freezing.

 

Bring Rain Gear
England also gets a lot of rain during the majority of the year, so you should come prepared for a sudden shower. Have a waterproof jacket or raincoat with you and carry an umbrella. Always check in with the local weather so you can prepare accordingly. A compact umbrella or poncho that can easily fit into a pocket or a day bag is a great option to always keep you prepared.

 

Dress Appropriately for All Attractions

A lot of churches and tourist attractions that have religious affiliations require modest dress. This is for respect and to avoid offending any other visitors. You don’t need to go crazy, but long pants or a skirt are generally preferred over shorts. Donning your jacket if you are wearing a tank top or more revealing shirt is also an easy fix. Check ahead if you are planning to visit a lot of these places so you are familiar with any dress code you will need to adhere to.

 

Go for Smart, but Casual

While it is important that you are comfortable when you are out exploring either the city or the countryside, you should take note of current trends and local preferences in dress and be respectful. A jogging outfit or very casual sports gear may not be an acceptable option for all the locales you will be visiting. Try to map out your day so that if you are doing any hiking or other outdoor activity, you won’t be trying to attend a more formal function after.

Your best bet is to dress smartly by wearing nice pants and a shirt that isn’t revealing. Nothing overly formal is required, but looking good will also make you feel better and have you posing for all of those vacation pictures.

 

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Footwear that is comfortable to walk and stand in is an absolute must. You may be traveling a lot of places by foot as you explore your surroundings, or find that you need to wait in line to gain access to busy sights. You will want to make sure that your feet are supported and don’t tire easily. Don’t wear anything that is new and hasn’t been broken in as this will only cause blisters and make your walks a chore.

A few simple items can make all the difference when it comes to travel in England. A few well-chosen pieces of clothing that can be worn for any occasion will save you time and effort in packing and let you focus on having fun.

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