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Like neighbouring England, Wales has such varied seasons that it can be difficult to know what to pack. As a Welshman, I’ve lived through them all and in this guide, I’ll give some general guidelines to help you pack for visiting Wales.

What To Pack For Wales?

The time of year that you are heading to Wales and the places you visit will have an impact on what you pack, so I recommend checking the weather forecast and planning appropriately.

There are 4 seasons in Wales which can be defined as:

  • Spring (March, April, May)
  • Summer (June, July, August)
  • Autumn/Fall (September, October, November)
  • Winter (December, January, February)

In general, Spring and Summer are the warmer and drier months, whereas Autumn (Fall) and Winter are wetter, colder, and darker.

Packing Guidelines

Here are some right guidelines to follow when packing for Wales (see some sample packing lists at the end of the article):

Clothing

No matter what time of year you visit, the weather in Wales can be unpredictable so having layers is key.

During Autumn and Winter, make sure to pack a thick, warm jacket, sweaters, and long trousers (pants). If you’re brave enough to attempt outdoor activities during these months, ensure you have suitable waterproofs and warm socks.

Even during spring and summer, it’s worth carrying a light waterproof jacket with you as dry days are never a given.

Wales is not a dressy place, so when exploring towns and cities, something casual is great for most day and evening activities. You will only need to pack smarter outfits if you’re planning to head out to more exclusive venues in Cardiff and Swansea.


Shoes

A good pair of trainers (sneakers) will be suitable for most occasions as well as many of the coastal walks which follow a well-trodden path.

If you’re heading out hiking in the national parks, you’re going to want to take some hiking boots as the trails can get muddy. Even during the summer, popular routes can be muddy due to large numbers of tourists.

When visiting beach destinations such as Tenby, Llandudno, or Prestatyn, a pair of sandals or flip-flops would also be helpful.

Most bars and restaurants across the country will let you enter with casual trainers so you don’t need to pack smarter footwear unless you’re visiting more exclusive venues in Cardiff and Swansea.


Accessories

During Autumn and Winter when temperatures are typically in single figures, you’re going to want to pack scarfs, gloves, and hats. This is especially true between December and February when temperatures dip below 5℃ and snow is a high likelihood.

During Spring and Summer, carrying sunscreen and sunglasses is a must, particularly with the growing number of heatwaves that Wales is experiencing each year (although you can easily buy sunscreen from most supermarkets if needed). Don’t forget beachwear if you’re heading to seaside destinations, you might be lucky with the weather.


Miscellaneous

If you’re travelling to Wales from an international destination (likely via Cardiff Airport), then a passport is required. However, if you’re crossing the border to Wales from England or another part of the UK, then you don’t need a passport to visit Wales. However, most airlines will require some form of identification.


Wales Packing List

Here are some sample packing lists for each time of year. Of course, you’ll need to amend the list according to the weather and planned activities.

Wales Packing List for Spring/Summer

  • Light, layered clothing (shorts, t-shirts, shirts, etc)
  • Beachwear
  • Light waterproof jacket or poncho
  • Underwear
  • Summer hiking gear
  • UK travel adaptor
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses and sunhat
  • Casual trainers
  • Flip-flops/Sandals
  • Hiking boots (if required)
  • Toiletries
  • Day Pack
  • Passport (if travelling internationally)
  • Visa (if required)
  • Electronics and photography gear

Wales Packing List for Autumn/Winter

  • Warm, layered clothing (shirts, sweaters, jeans, long trousers, etc)
  • Warm waterproof jacket
  • Umbrella
  • Underwear incl. lots of warm socks
  • Hat, Gloves, and Scarf
  • Wetsuit (if surfing)
  • Winter hiking gear (waterproofs, etc)
  • Hiking boots (if required)
  • UK travel adaptor
  • Casual trainers
  • Toiletries
  • Day Pack
  • Passport (if travelling internationally)
  • Visa (if required)
  • Electronics and photography gear

Kieren is the founder and editor-in-chief of Wales Guidebook. Originally from rural Mid-Wales, he has lived all over the country from Cardiff to Wrexham. A true Welshman, Kieren created this site to share his passion for Wales and help others discover this beautiful country.