For any family holiday, you know that you’re going to need a plethora of things; often it can seem like you’ve packed everything but the kitchen sink.
Of course, it depends on what kind of holiday you’re going on, doesn’t it? If you’re travelling far away from home and are getting a flight to an adventure vacation then you’re going to need a lot more stuff than normal. Whereas, if you’re going on a city break, then you’ll know that you don’t need quite as many things because the paddington hotel you’ve chosen has plenty of amenities for you.
Similarly, cities tend to be better equipped with extra things you might need from shops and, depending on the location of the hotel, they should be pretty close by.
One thing that helps you to ensure that you don’t get overstimulated and stressed is a good old checklist of things that you need.
When it comes to London, you might need quite an extensive list of things, but this really depends on what time of year you’re going to be visiting this beautiful city. In summer, you’ll need fewer layers, but you will need hats, sunglasses and suncream, whereas in winter you’ll want to make sure that the whole family is kitted out in their woolies, with gloves, scarves and hats.
However, we’re going to focus on spring and autumn travel in the very trendy of London, and we’ve got lots of tips that will ensure you keep at an optimum temperature when you’re sightseeing around the Big Smoke.
Somehow both warmer and not as warm as tights, leggings can oddly be more fashionable with longer tops and a pair of ankle boots.
These are also going to fit in well in London, which is quirky and very artistic, so you’ll be blending in like a true Londoner in no time.
One of the best things about leggings is that they are quite hard-wearing, which is perfect when you’re travelling with young children who might find it difficult keeping on their feet when they’re touring the city with you.
There’s lots of family Hyde Park Hotels around the central London and you can lay down your head at the end of a busy day’s sightseeing!
This is less about function and more about fashion, as stripes are very popular throughout the London.
However, you can’t really go wrong with wearing something stripey no matter where you are. It’s a classic style choice that rarely looks wrong as part of an outfit, so it’s good packing sense really because you should be able to wear it a couple of times.
Some fashion writers like to say that stripes can add casual chic to any outfit and, of course, there’s the chance that someone might actually think that you’re French, who are the ultimate relaxed fashion trendsetters.
During spring and autumn, it’s good to choose a top that’s made of cashmere, because it’s light but it will keep you warm if it goes unexpectedly cold. Try a Breton stripe, as this look tends to suit most people, making it a safe choice.
Cardigans and camisoles with stripes can be good too, if you don’t feel like committing to a jumper. Layers are your friend when it comes to British seasons and you’d do well to remember that handy tip!
Stripes are great for the top half, but they can be a lot more difficult to pull off when you wear them as trousers. However, if you have the confidence you can make a bold statement! Pick up a striped piece to add to your wardrobe from the trendy Brick Lane market, or any of the shops that adorn this famous London street.
Perhaps the most important part of your packing because, let’s be honest, there’s nothing worse than walking around all day in uncomfortable shoes. Well, there are some things, but when it comes to travel this is pretty bad.
Make sure that you pack something comfortable, such as a sturdy pair of trainers or boots that will be easy on your feet and good enough to protect them against any sudden inclement weather. You’re travelling to London, which is in Britain and very well known for its unpredictable weather, so don’t take any chances!
If you’re travelling in search of some exciting nightlife – and we really recommend that you should, as London at night is a vibrant and enthralling place – make sure that you pack a pair of shoes to go and party in. Herpackinglist.com recommends ankle boots or flat Chelsea boots, which can be bought for both men and women and can be used for daytime and evening wear, meaning that you won’t be taking up loads of space in your suitcase.
Of course, if you’re travelling with kids, it makes sense for you to bring at least two different pairs to keep the options open and ensure that there aren’t any comfort issues over the few days of walking around you’ll be doing.
Go for grey
Nope, not 50 Shades, we’re talking about jeans this time! Grey jeans are incredibly versatile, more so than black ones, and they’ll look lighter and more refreshing in the spring season in particular.
Most people are aware that London is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and you’ll often see stylish types walking around in comfortable grey skinny jeans. This is not only because they look great, but they’re also really comfy and functional in most types of weather, so you’ll be warm in the autumn and cool in the spring.
Don’t forget that a stripey top looks great with grey jeans too! There are lots of great shops around where you can pick up a few new things when you’re in London; for example, why not head to Oxford Circus for the ultimate high street experience? If you like your designers, then we recommend that you take a jaunt to Bond Street and pick yourself up some classic grey jeans at one of the stores there – you won’t be disappointed!
During the day when you’re sightseeing, you might not fancy accessorising much compared to when you’re going out for the evening.
However, you should pack a few simple day accessories in the spring and autumn, such as a scarf – just in case the breeze gets up – plus a leather or denim jacket and some kind of hat.
Obviously, you don’t have to bring a denim or leather jacket if you don’t have one, as any kind of light coat will do; these ones just tend to be a little more versatile with the weather. Also, you’ll fit right in with the rest of the Londoners.
For evening time, people in London usually tend to dress up their daytime looks with ear cuffs and arm bangles, while swapping tights for ankle socks and matching boots and other such things. You’ll find that there’s a nice simple approach that’s easy to fit in with in most areas, particularly south of the river.
However, if you fancy going a little more upmarket towards Chelsea, then that’s when you can really get your gladrags on, as you’ll find smart outfits, coiffed hair and gorgeous people everywhere.
Whatever you do, just make sure you pack what you like, what you feel comfortable in and what suits you – as we said, there’s plenty of shops for you to pick up something new when you’re in London!