This article was updated by the Great British Mag content team on 21 Dec 2021.
Even though the Mackintosh (raincoat) and Wellington boots (tall waterproof boots) were both created in the UK and despite the UK having a reputation for being a rainy and damp country we do have distinct seasons for which you’ll need different types of clothing.
However, being an island, the UK does get all sorts of crazy weather blowing in across the ocean. With hot summers, icy winters, and everything in between, Brits need to be prepared for just about any kind of weather.
No matter when you arrive during the year, this is what you’ll need to get you through the many climatic changes you’ll experience.
What clothes to bring to the UK
A warm winter coat. You will need to invest in a winter coat that keeps out the icy winds and snow that the winter brings, regardless of what part of the UK you’ll be coming too.
A waterproof coat. The UK is famous for its rainy climate, even though it’s not in the top 10 list of rainiest countries in the world, making it a necessity to have a good rain coat.
Waterproof shoes or boots. Shoes made out of canvas or other kinds of cloth look cute, but they’ll leave you with soggy toes. Be kind to your feet and wear shoes that will keep them dry.
Warm socks. If you come from a climate where flipflops and sandals are your footwear of choice then get ready to hide away your feet. You will be wearing leather shoes and socks most days and during the winter months be sure to have thick ones to keep your feet dry and warm.
An umbrella. The humble umbrella can be found in every Brit’s wardrobe. It lives permanently by the front door or in one’s favourite bag. Buy a travel-sized one that’s easy to store in your bag and whip it out the minute the skies go dark.
Jumpers. Regardless of the weather, Brits tend to layer their clothes. Jumpers, sweatshirts, and hoodies are popular options.
Jeans. Brits tend to dress fairly casually. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine for everyday occasions such as going to classes or visiting the pub with your friends.
A warm hat, a scarf, and gloves or mittens. They may be small things, but these clothes can make the difference between being toasty warm or miserably cold.
Shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. With all this talk of coats and warm socks, you might be thinking that the UK is cold and wet all year round – but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You’ll also want to pack your shorts and sandals so that you can enjoy the long, hot summer days.
Summer hats & sunglasses. In the summer, temperatures can hit 30 degrees Celcius, so sunglasses, hats and sunblock are necessities.
Swimwear. You’ll want a swimsuit so that you can head to one of the 1,500 beaches around the UK.