1.Do not over-pack: You should be bringing 1 suitcase and using a backpack as a carry on. You may be making your own way from the airport to your accommodation, so you want as little to carry as possible. You’ll be able to use the backpack later on for weekend trips. Leaving some space in your suitcase will also mean that you’ll be able to bring back more souvenirs when you leave.
2.Plan what you’re bringing: Only pack items that can be easily mixed and matched – versatile items and neutral colours. Items that only make one outfit or that you don’t wear often need to stay at home. The additional time planning what to pack will ultimately save you from bringing unnecessary items, and will give you more space in your bag.
3.Keep overly casual clothes to a minimum. Londoners never wear sweatpants or yoga pants in public, unless they are actually working out. You’ll want some comfortable clothes to wear around your accommodation and for sleeping, but otherwise you won’t need it. If you’re interning, you’ll also need to consider what the dress code is for your internship. You’re better off being overdressed than under!
4.Outdoor gear: A light, waterproof jacket that you can layer underneath is a necessity year round. Scarves are lightweight and don’t take up much room in your suitcase, but will help for chilly evenings. Any additional outdoor attire can be purchased upon arrival. You’ll also want to bring a small umbrella that you can fit inside a purse.
5.You don’t need as many shoes as you think you do. Two pairs of work-appropriate shoes, a pair of casual shoes, and a pair of boots is enough. Leave rubber boots at home – it rarely rains hard enough to justify bringing them, and Londoners rarely wear them.
For more help with packing, check out our AES Packing List board on Pinterest.