What to pack for a weekend in Wales

Ahhh Wales, a country of rolling hills and fresh streams, forests and mountains and lakes and outdoor adventures. And rain. Yes, don’t forget the rain and the general unpredictability of Welsh weather.

I grew up in North Wales and now live on the English/Welsh border so I feel like I’m pretty well adapted to these unusual weather patterns we have.

You can honestly drive to the coast to a town like Abersoch and feel like you’re in Spain with sunshine and 30c temperatures. Then drive to another little town down the road and it’s freezing cold and there’s a torrential downpour like a scene from Noah (great film by the way).

Last weekend I took a trip to mid-Wales to stay in a tree house in Powys.

Autumn is a difficult season to pack for at the best of times because you can end up with glorious sunshine and soaring temperatures. But, let’s be honest, you’re much more likely to have a weekend of drizzle and chilly winds.

As usual, the trick is lots of layers and simple styles.

I’m a firm believer that if you have a decent pair of warm shoes and a cozy, waterproof jacket then you can pretty much wear anything underneath.

If there are any guys wondering what to pack for a weekend in Wales, you’ll be good with jeans, boots, a wooly hat and the thickest, warmest, snugliest wooly jumper you can possibly find.

Here’s what I recommend packing for a weekend in Wales…What to pack for a cold weekend in Wales

Start with lots and lots of layers…

What to pack for a weekend in Wales

Keep your luggage light with easy to pack leggings and wear your skinny jeans to travel. River Island have the best leggings because they come in different lengths and last for ages.

What to pack for a winter weekend in Wales

A cozy jacket and jumpers are essential. Don’t scrimp on a waterproof jacket, it’s worth buying a decent one and it will last you for years. There’s nothing worse than being cold and wet while you’re out and about.

What to pack for a weekend in Wales in the winter

What shoes to pack for a weekend in WalesWarm and waterproof boots are also essentials. I love my yellow Hunter wellies and cozy Merrell boots. (If you can squeeze into a kids size they’re half the price. I’m a UK size 5.5 but the 5 fit me perfectly).

Packing for a weekend in Wales

And if the sun decides to shine or you find a cool bar or restaurant, you can dress up your ‘sensible outfits’ with some accessories.

Winter style inspiration

Winter style inspiration.


Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of affordable luxury travel experiences.Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!

SHOWHIDE Comments (4)
  1. What no camouflage? or even glamouflage?

    Cycle the Taff Trail – wonderful experience of the great outdoors anytime of year.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

The Travel Hack Travel Blog

The Travel Hack is a blog about stylish adventure travel and affordable luxury.

We believe luxurious travel can be affordable and isn't just for the rich. Follow along with our worldwide adventures as we share our trips and tips for incredible travel experiences on a modest budget.