Road Trip: United Kingdom + Ireland

Twelve days, four countries, a million memories... 

I am so excited to share the details of my road trip through the UK and Ireland! Join me here this summer as I talk about my adventures in Scotland, England, Wales, and Ireland.

  • Edinburgh
  • Scottish Highlands
  • York
  • Cambridge 
  • The Cotswolds 
  • London
  • North Wales 
  • Dublin
  • Galway region 

Culture, history, art, nature, food, shopping, entertainment: the United Kingdom and Ireland have it all and then some. I'm going to touch on all these topics as they relate to my trip. 

In addition to my trip highlights, I'll also be sharing the most useful travel tips I picked up along the way. Today, for starters, I want to highlight a couple items you should absolutely bring on a trip to the UK or Ireland.

When packing for this trip, I couldn't just throw all my favorite spring/summer pieces into a suitcase. Needless to say, summers in the UK and Ireland can be considerably cooler and wetter than those in California. No matter what your itinerary, when traveling in these regions, I recommend an umbrella and a solid pair of rain boots. Trust me, they'll come in handy.

1. Hunter Rain Boots
I love Hunter boots because they're durable, comfortable for walking, and chic. They come in just about every color you can think of, glossy or matte, short or tall. The Tour packable boots are more lightweight and bendable than the originals, making them easy to stow in your suitcase.

2. Madewell 'Abroad' Trench Coat

My other must have for this trip was a lightweight trench coat. Spring and summer days in the UK and Ireland can be cool and rainy, but you still get warm, sunny days in between. For me, the key to dressing for such variable weather was a travel capsule wardrobe that included lots of layers (more on that later). For my top layer, I wore the Madewell Abroad trench coat. The coat's side slits make it roomy enough to wear with a thick cardigan underneath, and on warmer days, it looks great unbuttoned with rolled up sleeves.

Have you travelled to the UK or Ireland before? Please share your trip highlights with me! Are you planning a similar trip right now? Feel free to leave me questions in the comments section.