Preparing for a Winter Trip to the Cotswolds

I have been shopping for our trip! And organizing our current warm/wet weather gear.

Keeping warm and dry when hiking

Most likely we will get many cold, wet and damp days, but we want to do as much walking/hiking as possible, so we got the following to keep us warm.

  • Smartwool “Next to Skin” midweight wool long underwear (new for this trip) and very light wool shirts (bought earlier this year for the Switzerland hiking trip).
  • Light weight silk long underwear (pants and top). I love the wool long underwear, but am going to do a warmth comparison of wool vs. silk. Our friend Joan recommends the silk long underwear.
  • Gortex quality rain jackets with hoods. Steve got a new one from REI for the Switzerland trip and I got a new one for this trip from LL Bean.
  • Gortex rain pants from LL Bean. Completely water proof. Wear them with long underwear for warmth.
  • New water resistance back packs and waterproof covers for Steve.
  • Waterproofing for our hiking boots. Last summer in Switzerland, we were in a downpour and the water leaked in through our books.
  • Wool socks. We have been wearing these in our frigid Santa Fe winter and they work well.
  • Fleece, fleece, fleece. Vests, sweaters, shirts, hats, gloves.
  • Hand knitted wool caps. I am starting to knit again and made us hats. I am bringing wool and patterns for hats, mittens, socks.

Movies to watch

If the flight lasts for five days, we are prepared with DVDs (however the computer battery only lasts two hours).

  • Season Two and Finale of The Office (British version, of course).
  • Season Two of MI-5 (British TV series called “Spooks” in England) – we are totally addicted to this show. And they just finished Season Six in England, so we have hours of adrenaline pumping action ahead.
  • Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. Are we the last people in the world to discover this show? We started watching old shows on BBC America and were instantly hooked. We are hardly foodies, but we love business and he does the most amazing analysis of the restaurant business. I love Gordon Ramsay! The way he cuts through the bullshit and gets to the heart of the business problems, his respect of the restaurant customers, his no-nonsense approach, and, of course, his swearing. I downloaded something from iTunes with episodes set in the US.
  • Mad Men, a series about New York advertising men in the 1970s that someone who writes for The New Yorker loves.
  • Blade Runner, final cut. You can’t watch that movie too many times.
  • Battlestar Galactica, Razor. Anything to keep me going until the next season.

Books to read

No worries here. First, we are going to England – bookshops everywhere! Second, Steve bought a Kindle. It won’t work on the wireless in England (it connects through the Sprint network), but we can download books to it via the computer.

It is a great device and means you can travel without piles of books. You can also read newspapers and magazines on it.

Okay, back to packing!!

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Pauline Kenny

Pauline Kenny and Steve Cohen are US expats living in Dorset. We moved to the UK in 2010. Read about our move. If you would like to talk about travel, please join us on the Slow Europe Travel Forums.

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  1. Pauline, I hope you and Steve had a good flight. The weather looked like it cooperated. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your time in England. Have a great stay.

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