What You Actually Need to Pack for Scotland: A Complete Packing List

Scotland packing list

Scotland is a fairly easy place to pack for. The weather is consistently mild all year round, though it can be rainy and windy. When it comes to packing for a trip to Scotland, there are two essentials you’ll want to pack: rain gear and layers.

A note about my packing style — I’m a (sometimes overly) light packer — I packed for Scotland using only a carry-on. Though I like to travel light, I still like to look presentable. I wear a lot of black because it doesn’t stain and looks good with everything. And I have a weakness for red lipstick, as you’ll see in the photos.

Scotland Packing List

What to pack for Scotland

Packing gear

  • 1 carry-on suitcase
  • 1 backpack — for valuables and electronics
  • 1 small crossbody purse — I love this one from Cuyana
  • Packing cubes — the Eagle Creek ones are my favorite

Clothes

What to pack for Scotland
  • 1 lightweight rain jacket
  • 1 packable down jacket
  • 1 hoodie — for cold days and flying
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 1 long-sleeved black shirt
  • 1 nice blouse
  • 1 plaid wool skirt –- it felt very fitting in Scotland.
  • 1 dress — for if you’re planning on going to a nice restaurant.
  • 1 hoodie — for cold days and flying.
  • 1 pair of jeans
  • 1 pair of black jeans – versatile, and can be dressed up or down.
  • 2 bras – one nude and one black.
  • 5 pairs of underwear – For travel, I love ExOfficio underwear because you can wash it in the sink if necessary, and it dries super-fast.
  • 1 pair of leggings – for flying or travel days.
  • 1 pair of pajamas (optional) – Pajamas are a nice luxury to have after a long travel day.

Footwear

20 unique photos of Scotland
hiking to the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye
  • Comfortable boots — You’ll most likely be walking a lot, so bring comfortable, close-toed walking shoes. I brought a pair of black leather Chelsea boots from Clarks similar to these ones — they’re so comfortable!
  • Compact rain boots – I also recommend packing rain boots in case it rains (likely!)
  • 5 pairs of socks
  • Flip flops (optional) – if you’re staying in a hostel, you may want to pack flip flops to use in the showers.
  • Waterproof trail runners (optional) — if you want to do some hiking, bring lightweight hiking shoes.

Toiletries

Tip – don’t overpack your toiletries – you can always buy more once you arrive. Additionally, I recommend packing your toiletries in Ziploc bag, in case they explode mid-flight.

Tech

  • Kindle – Especially useful if you’ll be taking a lot of trains.
  • Universal adapter – you can either bring a universal adapter or a UK-specific adapter.
  • 1 pair of headphones
  • 1 portable battery – in case your phone dies.
  • Camera (optional)

Miscellaneous

20 unique photos of Scotland
  • 1 wool beanie
  • 1 collapsible travel umbrella
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Eye mask and earplugs
  • Costume jewelry – I wouldn’t recommend bringing valuable jewelry, but it can be nice to have a few accent pieces to accessorize an outfit.
  • 1 pair of sunglasses

Other things you might need

Scotland packing list
Enjoying a sunny day at Stirling castle with my dad!

Have you ever been to Scotland? What was on your packing list?

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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

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