What to pack for Edinburgh


Edinburgh looks like a magical home of the Hogwart with a lot of literary roots like the Oxford bar, the Seventeen House and the Writer’s museum.

So are you wondering what to pack for Edinburgh?

Surely you’d choose the dark academia aesthetic clothing style but we are here to inform you there’s more than that to Edinburgh.

Packing for a trip to Edinburgh is more than just about clothes! We’re here to make sure you pack all the essentials for a gratifying visit.

Here’s the guide to packing for Edinburgh covering all the necessities from medicines to documentation, and of course clothes!

Identification documents

Identification documents
Image: IntroducingEdinburgh.com

When visiting another country, the first thing you should keep handy are personal identification documents.

These documents may include your birth certificate, driver’s license, social security cards, employment ID, citizenship card, passports and visas.

Not all of these documents are needed but in Edinburgh three of them are essential— a valid passport, a driving license and proof of age.

Financial transactions

Being a European country, Scotland’s currency is often misunderstood to be the Euro. Rather, it is accepted in the city only for a limited amount.

The currency used in Edinburgh is Sterling Pound, which can be exchanged with your currency at the airport.

Keep your credit card and debit card with you at all times for financial transactions. 

In case the card fails, cash will come in handy so try to keep both options ready when you travel around the city.

Medical Kit 

Health comes first and keeping all your medical reports along with emergency medicines should always be priority.

Make sure to keep a basic medicinal kit because it’s always better to be prepared beforehand.

Some medications may not be available over the counter and you don’t need medical bills to add to your expenses.

The essential medicines you should carry to Edinburgh are:

  • Band-Aids
  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Antibacterial cream
  • Antiseptic liquid
  • Tissues
  • Earplugs
  • Painkillers
  • Hand sanitizer


Although toiletries will be available in Edinburgh, it is in your best interest to carry some of your own in case your favorite brands are unavailable in the city.

This is to avoid additional expenditure and any allergies or side effects you may have to new products.

Here is a list of essentials that must be tucked away in your bag:

  • Dry shampoo spray and talc powder 
  • A hairbrush
  • Regular makeup products
  • Toothbrushes
  • A tube of toothpaste
  • A razor
  • A pack of dental floss
  • A small bottle of shampoo
  • A small bottle of shower gel
  • Deodorant or perfume
  • Hygiene products 
  • Skincare products 
  • Menstrual products


Now that electronic gadgets have become an essential part of life, you should not forget to pack them as necessities.

Despite being known for its medieval features, Edinburgh has an interesting legacy in the field of technology.

Rest assured, you will find all kinds of digital services in Edinburgh that you need but you should still keep these personal devices with you for a convenient journey:

  • Camera 
  • Phone 
  • Laptop
  • Tablet 
  • Backup memory 
  • Backup battery
  • Universal charger


Image: EdinburghLive.co.uk

Packing great outfit is definitely a priority but with Edinburgh’s everchanging weather, you must also pack various weather appropriate clothes.

While one day in Edinburgh may prove to be extremely cold, the next might be cloudy or even rainy. So you must keep sweaters and raincoats ready at all times.

Edinburgh has cold winters and mild summers so most of your clothes should be winter ready:

  • Multiple pair of jeans
  • Cardigans 
  • Sweaters
  • Raincoats 
  • A pair of sneakers
  • A pair of boots
  • Multiple pairs of socks
  • Some boxer shorts
  • A towel
  • A pair of shorts
  • A bathing suit
  • A few t-shirts 
  • Long-sleeved t-shirts
  • A pair of flip-flops
  • A pair of leggings 

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