Bill Bryson - Notes from a small island
Miscellaneous: Notes from a small island by Bill Bryson tells the story of Bryson's last trip around Britain before moving back to the States after almost 20 years on the British island.
The book is packed with interesting and funny stories about travelling as it really happens. By reading the book you get a nice insight into the life of the British people and their peculiarities. Some places Bryson visits on his trip are: Bradford, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Llandudno, London, Porthmanog and Thurso.
This book is definitely a must-read for everyone before or after a trip to Britain.
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It could rain a lot!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I know that everybody has heard that in London is raining a lot and this is so true. You could be lucky and have only sunny weather but be prepared for the rain too. So don't forget your umbrella or raincoat and will be good if you have gumboots.
- Hiking and Walking
Good old English weather eh!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: When coming to England I would strongly recommend you bring warm clothes to protect you from the elements. While our warm summer months are generally May to August, it is always good to prepare by throwing a couple of good pairs of jeans into your suitcase as the British summer is somewhat unreliable.
In 2007, April was glorious and sunny. In 2008, April saw snow.
Should you come armed with winter clothes and find everyone strutting about in shorts and t-shirt, summer clothes tend to be a bit cheaper to buy than winter clothes (if you know the right places to shop)
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- Hiking and Walking
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Assembling a suitable packing list of clothing for England is a nightmare. It's that notorious British weather. It's not quite four seasons in one day, but you could be sweltering in a T-shirt one day and shivering in two jumpers the next. And of course the rain. layering up is the only way to limit bag size.
Not that it matters that much because if you desperately need something you'll be able to buy it. London has several shops.
There seems to be a lot of talk of umbrellas Just say 'No'. Certainly don't pack one: they're readily available. (Try J. Smith at 53 New Oxford street, who have been selling them for over 150 years) As a Londoner, I loathe brollies because of the constant hazard of getting your eye poked out by the damn things. And they don't keep you that dry, either. If you need to be out in the rain for a while, (say you're having a nice day at the seaside) a lightweight hooded top is much more useful. Otherwise, make a mad dash for it or wait until the rain stops. Which may not be long....
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: ummm, VT formatting can be a problem. Elastoplast for those umbrella-produced facial gashes??
The rain raineth alike
On the just and unjust fella
But more upon the the just,
For the unjust has stolen the just's umbrella
Pack warm for trip during December to March
Luggage and bags: Other than carrying sweaters,jackets and warm inners, also carry gloves, caps that cover ears so it can keep out the chilly wind. Ensure you take warms clothings that you can wear in layers, and take it off and put on back as and when weather changes. Also carry a strong umbrella or a good raincoat.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: wear good covered shoes, something that won't get easily wet in the rain. high length boots are a good choice for women.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Good moisutrizer and something for fever and cold
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Always pack clothes you can layer. Temperatures can and do drop substantially when the sun sets. Several thin layers are warmer than one thick one.
Rain is frequent all year round. It may be heavy, it may be light, it may last all day or it may be a brief shower. So bring an umbrella and waterproof outerwear.
Sandals are just miserable in the rain (it's never warm rain). London is hard on the feet, so bring comfortable walking shoes. Save heels for the evenings.
Dress so that you can add or remove layers through the day. Your body will tell you when to add or remove: it is different for everyone (see photo).
Unless people are going to work, or out for the evening (and often then as well) jeans are the norm, for all ages.
So are trainers (sports shoes). They are comfortable and good in the rain.
Key point to remember: no-one in London (or the UK) actually cares what you look like. Really.
- Women's Travel
Luggage and bags: It doesn't matter whether to carry your luggage you bring a suitcase or backpack, but try and keep some kind of handbag or rucksack while walking around.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring nice comfy fashionable shoes, they are very fashion aware in London. In the winter bring a very proper rain coat and in the summer bring some comfortable shirts or t-shirts.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The normal toiletries apply. A couple of plasters should do the trick for medical supplies.
Photo Equipment: If you are a fan of churches bring your digital camera. If not then bring a normal camera.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There is nowhere to camp, no beaches and you don't really need any outdoor gear.
Don't Forget the Drugs!!
Miscellaneous: OK, all the travel websites are telling you what to pack for where you are going to be, but somehow they always leave out the WHAT IFS!!! We thought we would start our European dialogue with a reminder to all you 50 somethings traveling for the first time to Europe. DON'T FORGET THE DRUGS!!! Sue and I are in relatively good shape, but we are 50 something and need a few extra's to keep us going. Yes, we did pack everything you see even the expired in 2007 package in the back left. The moleskin is a must. I used this after our first day of hiking through Londontown.
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Not the tropics
Luggage and bags: November in London is rainy. Not everyday, but a good part of the time. Pack good shoes for walking around - something that won't let your feet get soaked. You could bring an umbrella, but they are sold everywhere. Your hotel may even have many spares - ours did. Good thing, too, since my flimsy California umbrella got completely mangled on a particularly wet, windy London afternoon.
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Never leave home without it.
Miscellaneous: The CAMRA Good Beer guide.
OK London is not my favourite city, especially for a beer but it is possible to track down a decent pub selling a decent pint.
This book will point you in the right direction, usually.
See website for details.
Wet weather gear!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A must in your luggage is an sizeable umbrella or cagoule for pounding the city streets. No mattewr what time of year the weather can be dreary, especially in the last 2 years. In the summer you should also bring some warm clothes as you never know what the weather will be like.
Umbrella for sure!
Luggage and bags: Dark coloured bags to avoid any attention or black ones,keep it low profiled,
you dont want it to be an eye catching!
Plus it will be less damaged from the rain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: An umbrella would be very useful on rainy days (as you can never trust the weather in london)and an over-coat for sure!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There is no Advil in UK.
The weather can be unpredictable so be prepared
Luggage and bags: A case on wheels is much better than carrying bags or backpacks. If you must use the latter please be aware of the people around you when you turn around. I have been knocked sideways by many tourists with ridiculously large backpacks who spin around to talk to their friend.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be prepared for all weathers. You'll need a good, comfortable pair of shoes as you will be doing a lot of walking. I'd say wear layers rather than one thick jumper/coat that you will have to keep taking off and putting on again. It can get very cold, but then change and be warm (it is always hot on the tube too), so it's much easier to remove/put on a couple of thin layers. Take an umbrella and a rain coat. Our weather isn't always great so be prepared for a shower or two. Also, if you plan on visiting Harrods make sure you follow their dress code. It prohibits: "...ripped jeans, high cut Bermuda or beach shorts, swim wear, athletic singlets, cycling shorts, flip flops or thong sandals, dirty or unkempt clothing." Furthermore "Any extremes of personal presentation are prohibited as are bare feet and exposed midriffs."
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You will only need to bring the essential prescription medicines. You can get the regular medical items in any supermarket, Boots or Superdrug (which are both high street chains).
Photo Equipment: There's plenty to take photos of so come ready.
Miscellaneous: A tube map and a street map. Although many Londoners will happily stop to offer help to lost tourists, some are too busy (or too rude) to help. Also, one of a commuter's top annoyances are tourist congregated around the tube maps blocking the way to the escalators, or tourists stood in the middle of the pavement searching on their map, so although they are good to have, please step aside when you stop to use it, so you are not stopping everyone else too.
Luggage and bags: I use my carry on roller board for trips longer than 4 days and my overnight Coach bag for a long weekend.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The time of year and the length of my stay will determine what I pack. I usually travel to London for an extended weekend so I pack light. Two pair of jeans, a pair of slacks (either light colored for summer or dark for winter), comfy loose fitting t-shirts, trendy short sleeve tops that can be worn to dress up my outfit. I take a pair of walking shoes (comfy boots in the winter, sandals in the summer), a pair of high heeled shoes/sandals I can wear to go out on the town, a sweater or denim jacket and my pashmina.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I always carry my own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, hairspray, and any hair accesories I use. I have long hair and other products tend to leave my hair scraggly.
Photo Equipment: I never leave home without my Sony Cybershot 10. Megapixal camera, (2) 2.0 gb memory cards, spare rechargeable battery, camera case, camera charger, and an extra old camera in case my new one goes bust!
Miscellaneous: I always take along a good guide book for reference and of course my journal. DON'T forget to take along a travel size umbrella with you.
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