Edinburgh's Hogmanay Packing List

Edinburgh's Hogmanay is one of the world's greatest New Year celebrations featuring three days of spectacular events. The festival is mainly an outdoor event so if you are planning to attend you’ll need to be prepared!

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In this guide we’ll share with you what to pack for the various events, including the infamous New Year’s Day Loony Dook, and some easy packing tips to have a sustainable festival visit.

Despite what you may have heard, Edinburgh has a pretty temperate climate, even in winter. In December the daytime maximum temperatures average from 5 °C (41 °F) to 7 °C (45 °F) and the coldest months are January and February. The city can be gusty at times and does occasionally get snow which makes Edinburgh look even more magical.

What to bring to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

  1. Warm hat
    There can be a cold wind during the winter months in Edinburgh, so keep your head and ears warm with a woolly hat.
  2. Gloves
    Gloves are a must in Scotland in winter and will help keep your hands nice and cosy while holding a chilled drink.
  3. Layers
    The temperature in Edinburgh on a December evening could be anything from below freezing to 7°C, so make sure you bring plenty of layers to be prepared.
  4. Waterproof jacket
    Make sure you bring a waterproof jacket or poncho just in case it rains!
  5. Comfy Shoes
    Edinburgh is full of cobbled streets and can be hilly in places, so a comfy pair of winter shoes is advised.
  6. Small bag
    There are bag searches before you enter the street party so best to bring a small bag.
  7. Reusable bottle
    If you would like to bring drinks into the arena then pack a plastic or reusable bottle. Containers over 500ml and glass bottles are prohibited.
  8. Portable phone charger
    There are so many great photo opportunities throughout the evening so a battery pack is advised so you can still call your loved ones at midnight!

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What to bring to the Loony Dook on New Year’s Day

1. The wackiest outfit you can find
Participants traditionally wear fancy dress costumes, so pack the wackiest out you can find! Anything goes, from onesies to inflatables.

2. Old shoes
Dookers are advised to wear shoes in the water so best to bring an old pair that you don’t mind getting wet.

3. Change of clothes
Changing facilities are available near the beach after the event, so pack a change of clothes to stay warm.

4. Small bag
No lockers are available for valuables so best to leave bigger items back at your accommodation and take a small bag.

5. Towel
A cosy towel is a must to dry off post event!

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Staying Green at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

Prepare by packing well. By packing all you need you won't need to buy extras in Edinburgh. Umbrellas, reusable bottles, rain poncho, sporks and comfy trainers for all that walking!

1. Reusable bottle
Scotland has some of the finest water in the world, so bring a reusable cup to stay hydrated at refill points.

2. Reusable cup
Pack a reusable cup for your hot drinks to save waste. You could also bring a cup to the street party to avoid using plastic cups at the bar.

3. Reusable spork
During the winter months many festive markets spring up across the city with great food to enjoy. So bring a reusable spork to minimise your waste impact.

4. Get around green
The quickest, greenest and easiest way to explore Edinburgh during the festival is on foot. But the city cycle paths and excellent public transport networks are handy alternatives.

5. Consider your commute
Coming to Edinburgh by train couldn't be easier and is a great green travel option. Waverley station is in the heart of the city, surrounded by beautiful views. Visitors to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay can also off-set the carbon produced by their journey to Edinburgh when purchasing event tickets. More details can be found on the festival’s website.

Have a fantastic trip to Edinburgh, the world’s leading festival city!

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