by Nirvana Yarger
There is only one word for spring in the UK: unpredictable. One day could be cold, while the next could be warm and sunny, meaning your clothes will have to accommodate the weather form 8°C to 20°C! Sometimes the sun is shining but like the British stereotype it can also rain. With this in mind, packing for a British spring can be tricky, so here are some tips to guide you.
1) Waterproof shoes.
It’s surprising how many nice shoes actually aren’t waterproof when you put them to the test. To survive a British spring you need shoes with sturdy soles that won’t let any water through, even when you accidently walk through the deepest puddle on the street – wet socks and cold feet are a nightmare!
Jeans are both stylish and durable, and comfortable to wear throughout the day. Come rain or shine, jeans are perfect – and if it gets too warm you can always roll them up!
3) Layers of clothing.
I have found that the best way to combat the unpredictable temperature of a British spring is to wear layers. Imagine that you’re wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt, a short-sleeved t-shirt over it, a cardigan over that, and a jacket over that. If it gets too hot, you can always take some of those layers off and cool down, but if it’s cold, you have enough clothing to stay warm.
4) A light hooded rain jacket.
Rain can strike at any time in the UK, so the easiest way to stay dry is to have a waterproof jacket with you. It doesn’t need to be a winter coat, because usually the weather stays quite mild while the rain pours down – you don’t want to be forced to choose between overheating while wearing the jacket, and getting soaked while not wearing it!
Don’t let our spring weather intimidate you: put on your layers, arm yourself with waterproofs, remember your umbrella, and head out into the crazy but fun unpredictability that is British springtime!