The London Survival Kit
A visit to London can be lots of things – fun, exciting, romantic, fascinating – but it can also be challenging if you are not prepared. England’s capital is pretty large and the weather can be unpredictable, which can play havoc with your sightseeing plans.
Put together a survival kit of items to help you navigate the trials of a trip to London and it will help you enjoy your stay even more. Here are the essentials to include:
Install the Citymapper app on your phone
If you have ever looked at the multicoloured lines on a London Underground map and tried to untangle them in your head, you will know that riding the Tube can be confusing. Add in the other forms of public transport and it is a logistical nightmare.
That is where Citymapper comes in. Install it on your phone before arriving in London, then all you need to do is type in your destination and hit ‘Get me there’. A selection of the most direct routes will appear on your screen. These easy-to-follow guides even tell you how far you will need to walk to a specific bar, restaurant or attraction after you have exited the train and will map it for you.
Comfortable shoes for walking
While London transport is pretty comprehensive, there will undoubtedly be times when you need to do some walking. A pair of comfortable shoes is a must-have in London, otherwise you will spend a lot of time complaining to your partner that your feet hurt. If you can strike the balance between comfort and style, even better, as your footwear will serve you well when going out in the evenings.
A selfie stick to snap pictures in front of London’s iconic landmarks
Once you have arrived at an attraction, you will want to get some pictures to remember the moment. Pack a selfie stick to ensure you don’t look lonesome in your photos and get great shots of both of you. Whether it is a smooch in front of Tower Bridge, hand-in-hand at Harrods or clutching cocktails at The Sky Garden, it is time to up your Instagram game.
London Pass for all that sightseeing
Some three million people have used the London Pass so far, making it an indispensable item in your survival kit. Enjoy fast-track entry into attractions, instant tickets on your phone and tips and hints on making the most of London.
Collapsible umbrella for the changeable weather
Even when the sun is shining on the capital, you can be just moments away from a rain shower. Pack a small, collapsible umbrella that can be stowed in your day bag. You never know when you will suddenly need it.
Contactless debit card for riding the Tube
There was once a time that an Oyster card was an essential item for travelling around London, but a contactless debit card will now do the job just as well. Swipe it at the barriers as you head into a Tube station, then again at the end of your journey and the cheapest fare for your route will automatically be deducted from your card. It cuts out the need to queue for tickets or add credit to your Oyster.
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