As I unpacked yesterday I jotted down what I had taken since there are often questions about what clothes to include on various trips. This is what I took on the RS Scotland trip, April 29 - May 8. I wore everything I took and never wished I had brought any additional clothing. I could have trimmed this further (like one sweater instead of two) but with clothes, toiletries, etc., my suitcase weighed in at 21 pounds, which was easy enough to handle.
I am more into practicality and function over style. Some of the things I took, like my fleece jacket, I have been traveling with for years just because they work so well for me. We had pretty decent weather. Just spotty rain, but a range of temps. We went from a low of 30 and one day experienced snow and sleet, to highs around 60 and bright sunshine. (I took sunglasses, but left them in the car at the airport thinking it was silly needing sunglasses in Scotland; that is the one item I wish I had taken 😄.). This list includes what I was wearing on the plane.
Fleece Jacket - an old Lands End jacket from back in the day when they were cut large enough for layering and had lots of pockets.
Down vest - COSTCO
Marmot Precip rain jacket - this is the one item I purchased specifically for this trip. Bought it from COSTCO in a size large (I wear a size 8) so that I could layer under it. It is graduating to “clothes I like for travel.
Rain pants - old LLBean model
Long underwear - old LE poly top and bottoms
3 pairs of pants - LE knit, Amanda denim jeans, Amanda gray jeans
Buff neck gator
2 lightweight quarter zips - think athletic wear; these happen to be from K-mart
Pullover sweater - SmartWool
Cashmere cardigan sweater
1 long sleeve t-shirt
4 short sleeve t-shirts
5 pair Sox - COSTCO merino wool
5 pair underpants
I pair compression hose for the plane
2 pair shoes - Merrill Moabs for everyday walking and a pair of Mary Jane style A’rcopedico (these shoes are SUPER lightweight yet have some support)
Several in our group bought additional layers enroute. It was quite cold and windy at times. With the items above, I had enough layers for the coldest days.