Everything Scotland: What to Pack and What to Read

When it comes to packing, we all like to put it off. Packing is a bit tiring. And usually, it’s the last we’d want to do. However, packing is, as Thanos said, inevitable. We have to do it. To make sure you pack the right things, you have to have a packing list. That’ll make the process a bit easier.

Here is a list of 5 essentials you’ll need to pack when you go to Scotland as well as 3 books on the country you might want to read.


There are lots of things you need to pack when you’re out on a trip, here are 5 essentials you should make sure you packed.

First-Aid Kit

First-aid kits are usually what a lot of people forget to bring. However, these almost always come in handy. When you figure out what to pack, make sure to add first-aid kits to the list. These kits should come with band-aids, some antibacterial cream, hand sanitizer, and more. Make sure what’s in your kit is something you’re allowed to bring onto the plane and into the country. You can make your first-aid kit or buy a portable one.


You’re obviously going to need clothes if you want to stay more than a day in one area. What clothes you need to pack will depend on the place you’re visiting. Is it cold or hot? For now, let’s talk about what to bring when you go to Scotland.

Scotland is a pretty cold country so make sure to bring long-sleeved shirts, socks, jeans, and a coat. Try bringing warmers such as thin leggings and long-sleeved shirts that you can wear under your usual shirts and pants to keep yourself warm. If you plan to go to the beach, bring a swimsuit.

Bring a lock!

When you travel, you don’t want any stranger rifling through your suitcase. To prevent this, make sure your suitcase is locked up tight and that you’re the only one who knows the combination or has the key.


Another essential you need to add to your packing list are your toiletries. Bring small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Also, make sure to bring toiletries and bring a toothbrush and toothpaste. Add a hairbrush, sunscreen, moisturizer, shaving supplies if you need them, and tweezers to the mix. Don’t forget that hand sanitizer! You can add more things to your list of toiletries. It all depends on you. Just make sure to bring what we’ve listed down so far as well.

If you have medication, don’t forget to bring those.

Last on the list would be medication. If you have any medication, make sure to bring them. You wouldn’t want to fall ill while you’re supposed to be enjoying your holiday or vacation.


If you plan to go to Scotland, a great thing to do would be to read up on it. It could help you understand their culture and their traditions. It could help you learn how to respect the locals there. There are tons of things you can learn from these books so why not read them?

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

If you’re looking for a great fantasy read related to Scotland, check out the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Having sold over 25 million copies, this series is one of the most popular books series in the world. It’s a story of love and adventure where Claire, the main character, mysteriously went back in time. This is set mostly in Scotland and has been adapted to a great TV series available on Netflix in certain countries.

The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane

Want to learn more about the enthralling sights and rich history of Scotland? This book can give you a great introduction to it. Read it before you go on your trip to Scotland!

How the Scots Invented the Modern World by Arthur Herman

Finally, we have this book written by Arthur Herman. This book does a phenomenal job of describing how Scotland has contributed to modern art, science, writing, and more. It gives you a great perspective on how Scottish history connects our modern society.


There are tons of things you can do to prepare yourself for your trip to Scotland. That includes packing what you need and reading up on the traditions and culture of the country. Make use of the two lists we’ve given above to learn more about what to pack and books on Scotland we’re sure you’ll enjoy.