Packing for a UK break always raises a dilemma for me. I always struggle with how warm or cold it’s actually going to be. Our recent trip to Cornwall proved that, I got it right and so very wrong. But equally we were on holiday and I wanted to wear nice things as well as those practical outfits for walking.
I think the trick here is packing for the time of year and every weather condition no matter what the forecast tells you! Which might not help you at all but it’s a gentle reminder that despite all the lists and checklists I still got it blooming wrong. The weather in Cornwall can and did change in an instant so making sure you have packed a waterproof and a warmer layer is essential.
With its diverse landscapes, I found it difficult to know what to wear on holiday in Cornwall and, of course, something I eventually grasped was that it is very much dependent on the time of year you are visiting. So, below I have made a list of essentials that I packed or should have added to my case for a week in April.
What to wear on holiday in Cornwall in April
1. Midi/Maxi dresses and jumpers to layer up – this look is perfect for those in between days where it isn’t quite warm enough for shorts but equally you don’t need to wear jeans.
2. A range of footwear – I love my Teva sandals as they are great for walking in and paddling in the sea as they dry quickly – but equally look great with dresses and shorts, walking boots or ‘muddy trainers’ as I call them – a must for the many walking routes on the Cornish coastline, more for comfort if you are travelling in the warmer months.
3. Denim shorts – I am so glad I packed my shorts as it was definitely warm enough on a few days. I always pack a thin sweatshirt to throw over, and for when the sun really comes out and it did, I always ensure I have a vest top or t-shirt ready for when it’s time to whip off the jumper.
4. Warmer clothes – definitely for April and I am sure the summer months too it often does get chilly, especially in the later afternoon and evenings. I would recommend fleeces, jumpers, denim shirts, rain coats and socks. Ones you can layer on top of outfits to help enjoy these evenings catching the sunset or just sitting on the harbour with a drink.
5. Sunglasses, sun hats, beach towels and sun cream – even in April we needed our sun cream and our beach towels. I like to pack light so would recommend the Hammamas quick drying towels. As the weather changes so frequently never forget to pack your shades!
6. Denim, leggings and anything that you are comfortable wearing when moving about. I found wearing my leggings, hoody and walking trainers were a must on my morning walks to catch the sunrise. I also enjoy wearing jeans with sandals on days when the weather is indifferent.
My biggest tip for what to wear on holiday in Cornwall in April is to pack for changeable weather. There were days where we were driving through rain and fog in the morning, getting sunburnt in the afternoon sunshine, layering up in the middle of the day, and drinking wine in the evening watching the perfect sunset under the warm sunshine.