TRAVEL: SCOTLAND: TRIP PLANNING: NOMAD DESTINATION GUIDE by Micaela Walker
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  HOW DO YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP?
We always try to spend as much time as possible in Sutherland, on the north coast, where my in-laws own a croft, a traditional Scottish farmhouse, which overlooks the North Sea. It’s just a glorious, magical, wonderful place. But I always try to plan one thing to do that’s new. A couple of years ago we went to Orkney and biked from one end to the other. I would love to explore Shetland and Mull as well.

WHAT ITEMS SHOULD ONE BRING TO SCOTLAND?
One thing that’s extremely hard to get: Cough medicine or any antihistamines. Their pharmacies are more highly regulated than they are in the US so many things that are over the counter here one needs a doctor’s prescription for over there. Bring an array of the cold and allergy medicines you might normally use.
Otherwise, you can get most things there that you can in the United States, but it’s all just more expensive - especially clothes and electronics. Make sure to stock up on all of your camera gear and clothes before you leave.
I like to stock up on podcasts to listen to while driving.
Make sure to have a good travel converter for plugs and buy a cheap disposable cell phone when you arrive - roaming charges on your iPhone will kill you. And a headlamp or a flashlight it will come in handy at some point.
As for clothes - Layers. Layers. Layers. 
Slip on waterproof shoes for going from inside to outside quickly and easily. 
A puffy vest. I resisted buying something so sporty for years but everyone wears them over there for a reason; they’re perfect for the ever-changing weather.

Things that you shouldn’t bother packing unless you are going to a wedding (and even then they are optional):
Umbrella (pointless in the wind), hairdryer, 
make-up, 
and heels. Wide-leg pants. Anything that doesn’t look good layered. 
Anything that shouldn’t get wet.


Micaela Walker
2014