If you’re going on a trip to Devon, you’ll most likely be spending time outside by the coast or in the countryside and doing lots of walking and outdoor activities. What to pack really depends on the season. Devon can be warm in the summer, so t-shirts, shorts, skirts and pants are all suitable. You’ll still want to bring some warm layers like a light jacket or a fleece as the temperature can drop in the evenings and it can feel chilly if a sea breeze rolls in.
For winter trips, it's best to bring warm clothes that are going to keep you dry and snug such as long-sleeved tops, a windproof and waterproof coat, scarves and gloves. And not forgetting the trusted brolly – it’s always a good idea to bring an umbrella as the heavens can open at any time throughout the year. Yay to British weather!
Check out this packing list of essential items to bring on your Devon trip.
1. Walking boots or shoes
A sturdy pair of walking boots or trainers are essential, especially if you’re walking along the Jurassic Coast or exploring Dartmoor National Park. You’ll need shoes with decent grip as the rocks and mud can get a bit slippy when it rains. Don’t make the mistake of wearing fresh new boots or trainers without breaking them in – pesky blisters are the last thing you want to have to deal with on your trip.
2. Swimming costume
Devon is surrounded by stunning coastline and pristine beaches. It also has some amazing natural swimming pools like Sharrah Pools in Dartmoor. Don’t forget to bring your swimming costume or trunks so you can go for a dip. If you’re going in the cooler months and don't fancy swimming in cold water, you could bring a wetsuit to make the water temperature a bit more bearable.
3. Lightweight towel
Lightweight towels are the best. It dries quickly and rolls up into a small ball so you can forget you’re even carrying it around. It’s super handy if you’re lacking space in your bag but want something to dry yourself off with after a swim.
4. Waterproof jacket
Bring a rainproof jacket that you can chuck on if it starts piddling it down. If you’re visiting in winter, you'll also want a jacket that's windproof as it can really blow a hooly and feel chilly on the coast.
Comfortable trousers are essential for long days of walking, cycling and being outdoors. You can’t go wrong with a pair of sports leggings and joggers. You might also want to bring a pair of jeans, skirts or dresses if you plan on going out in the evening to enjoy Devon's restaurants, pubs and bars – there are plenty of them!
6. Warm layers
A hoodie, cardigan or fleece is always handy to chuck on after a swim or in the evening if it gets chilly.
7. Reusable water bottle
Don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle. They’re much better for the environment than single-use bottles and you can refill them at water stations, cafes and bars. Thermal bottles or flasks are ideal for keeping your water cool on hot days or if you want to bring some warm tea or coffee on crisp winter days.
A daypack is a traveller’s best friend. You don’t need anything too big, but big enough to carry your phone, wallet, camera, water bottle and a few snacks. You can get some pretty nifty ones with in-built water sacks to free up your bag space if you're out on long walks.
Last but not least, don’t forget to bring your intrepid spirit. From ancient fossils and medieval castle ruins to quaint coastal villages and secluded breweries, Devon is packed with adventure.
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