For today’s post, we’re going to talk about what an amazing job I did on my first solo trip. 😁
Yeah, I wish! Today I’m actually going to point out 5 OBVIOUS things I should have packed for my trip to Scotland.
I pride myself on being a GREAT planner! As meticulous as they come. But as you may already know, Scotland had a way of humbling me at every turn.
Reminding me that I still have much to learn.
Biting off more than what I was ready to chew, on multiple occasions. Aka my car rental fiasco, and risqué hiking trails that almost took me out of the game, TWICE!
Today I’m going to add more to that “How the hell did you miss that Suzie?!?” pile. (Which is ever growing)
As you’re reading, I’m sure you will probably be thinking, “Meh, what an Amateur” but I bet you won’t be expecting number 5! 😋
So let’s get on with it then.
5 Essentials I Should Have Packed for Scotland.
1. A Waterproof/Windproof Jacket
Where was I again? Oh yeah, that’s right, Scotland. Where rain is just as expected as whiskey and Jamie Fraser. (That is, I hoped to run into Sam. 😩)
Did I know this before I went?
Well to give you an idea, I could probably work at one of Scotlands weather stations.
I have no idea why I didn’t bring one, especially with all the hiking I had planned.
In Edinburgh, my peacoat was perfect. But in the highlands, when you’re hiking (which is just as demanding as exercise) you find that the coat that was keeping you warm from the crisp morning chill, quickly turns into a sweat box. And then it starts raining, so now you’re cold and wet! Need I say more?
2. A Waterproof Backpack
I needed this one so badly! On many of my hikes I had to use my umbrella as a shield for it (my backpack) because if not, all my things would’ve gotten wetter.
You can imagine then, that I was left with no cover for myself. It was also because of this, that I was unable to hike the great Ben Nevis.
(I still ended up hiking the most epic trail!)
But are you seeing a pattern here? Anything that you CAN bring that’s waterproof, bring it, you’ll need it. (even if you go in the summer)
3. More Leggings
I went in early May, and the weather was supposed to be cold by Miami standards. (My freezing point is anything below 70F, a wimp, I know.)
So, knowing that the averages were going to be in 40’s – 60’s I packed 2 gym leggings and the rest were jeans & pants.
Walking around the cities in jeans, was perfect attire to keep me nice and toasty. But hiking, it was a completely different story.
Have you watched Friends?
Do you remember Ross and his leather pants? That was me.
I 👏🏽 was 👏🏽dying!
4. Warm-weather Clothing
Wait a minute, wait just one minute! Isn’t Scotland all dreich and cold, like ALL the time? Well according to my meticulous planning and extensive research,
Scotland’s weather is quite unpredictable. Often times, you can experience multiple “seasons” IN A DAY.
Yeah, I did the research, but apparently forgot to send myself the memo.
The weather was exactly as predicted, unpredictable!
The last two days there, were beautifully sunny, and HOT.
Super hot! I would have loved to have had some shorts, or a cute spring dress for that type of weather.
5. Coffee, Café, Kaffee, Caffè, кофе, Cofaidh!
Yes, I should have taken coffee. (aka the Elixir of my life)
Now, before you imagine me walking around, with a big canister of coffee.
This is the one I wish I had taken. (single to-go packets) I will never get caught without it again, even when I head to Paris in a month.
Coffee is life for me, I want it, I need it, it is… precious to me.
(WOW, any excuse to make a Lord of the Rings reference, which I’m currently watching for the third time… back to back.)
Gandalf just died, it gets me every time! 😞
Side Note: Viggo Mortenson 😍
Okay, sorry! back to the sweet & bitter nectar I live for.
Being the coffee aficionado that I am, not just any coffee will do. Here in the states, I don’t drink any of that weak, Folgers “classic roast” crap, I drink the good stuff. (Café Bustelo, Pilon, & Café la llave)
I can make decadent expressos, smooth drip, frothy cappuccinos, and divine ice coffees with them. Yikes, I could go on.
But basically, out of the 12 different coffees I asked for, from 12 different bakeries, in Edinburgh, all the way up to Skye. They ALL tasted horrible.
I hate saying anything bad about Scotland, because I love it so dearly, and would pack my bags to go there ANY day of the week.
But it was pretty bad, I can’t remember ever finishing any cup I ordered. (Which is unheard of for me)
How I was able to function getting up at 3 a.m. and going to bed at 11-ish, EVERY day. Without my battery (coffee) is still a mystery. Maybe I was running on fumes of adrenaline? Who knows.
I do hope that Paris will offer a better selection, but I’ll be taking my mini packets of the glorious Pilon just in case. The ball is now in your court Paris, je suit prêt!
So there it is, some of my silly beginner mistakes! I still had the most AMAZING time in Scotland! There are just some things you have to learn along the way. 💛
Thank you so much for reading along! Hope you enjoyed.
P.s. Boromir just died 😭