From a Wintry Australia to a Summery London – What to pack?

As most of you are aware I’ll be heading to London for a week in July. July in Australia is actually full blown winter, where as it will be summer time in London. I fear that coming from Australia ill probably still freeze in UK’s “summer”!!


  • Undies (of course!)
  • Socks
  • A few t-shirts
  • Jumpers and jackets
  • Jeans
  • Comfortable pants (for the plane)
  • PJ’s
  • Walking shoes & high heels
  • Nice going out clothes
  • Shorts (but sure I will wear them!… too cold?)
  • Hat (in case I cant be bothered doing my hair)
Minimalist Packing List
Photo Credit: cmor15


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Perfume
  • Baby wipes (to freshen up on the plane)
  • Pads and tampons (don’t worry guys, you don’t need to pack these ;))
  • Panadol
  • Lip balm
  • Asthma inhaler (any other medications)
  • Sunblock (just in case I might get burnt)
  • Breath mints
  • Hair brush
  • Hair straighten (being a girl is hard work!)
  • Mini first aid kit
Hotel toiletries
Photo credit: Eszter Hargittai

Electronics (more than likely in my carry on luggage):

Travel Gear
Photo Credit: Eric Ritchey


  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • Travel card (x2)
  • Cash


  • Sunnies (cannot live without these)
  • Passport
  • A pen (to complete arrival and departure forms)
  • Global Sim card (received from Covermore travel insurance)
  • Travel insurance details (including emergency phone numbers)
  • Airline tickets
  • Lonely planet London guide book
  • Oyster card (which you can order before you leave!!)
  • Handbag

What do you plan to take with you when going from Winter to Summer and most importantly What am I forgetting?

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  1. Hey!
    i have debated online back up but dont want others to have accept to my photos and that also means you have to rely on WIFI
    Yeah looking forward to london – its going to be a Whirlwind~!

  2. What a comprehensive list! Am jealous you get to have a bit of escape from the Aussie winter! 🙂 I’d take (more like dust off) my sunscreen and all SPF stuff too when travelling from winter to summer. Have fun 🙂

  3. UK is pretty warm this summer so you may not freeze after all. I always get so much excited when i see/hear or talk about packing bags. With all the anticipation on it’s way I think packing your bag is the most exciting part of a trip. Happy Summer in UK to you!

  4. Agreeing with Tiaraa – the weather’s not too bad in London! I always found this issue to be annoying as a Canadian…one of the most popular things to do is to find winter sun and then you end up getting stuck lugging your winter coat around the Caribbean or looking like a COMPLETE tourist on your return, wearing shorts and a sunburn haha

  5. Guessing you are almost ready to go or possibly in the UK already. Hope the weather is warm and you are defrosting from the Aussie cold nicely. 🙂 I dont think I have ever gone from Winter to Summer, so do have any tips. Happy adventuring. Hope you have a blast!

  6. Hey Anna,
    Yesh i actually this this evening. Not looking forward to the LONG flight.
    Ill be going from the cold to “summer” and then to skiing!
    Ill give you some tips when i get back 🙂

  7. Have you been to London in July? It’s usually pretty warm – the buildings and traffic heat things up a lot. The nights are much shorter too, meaning you get sunshine till much later.

    When I lived in London I’d wear a summer dress pretty much every day in the summer and seldom needed more than a light cardigan until September.

    Take the shorts 🙂

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