What to Wear in Denmark

Copenhagen in March

Copenhagen in March

Amalienborg royal palace, in March

Amalienborg royal palace, in March

Food stalls at Paper Island, Copenhagen, March

Food stalls at Paper Island, Copenhagen, March

Shopping on Strøget, Copenhagen, Spring

Shopping on Strøget, Copenhagen, Spring

Visiting the (very) Little Mermaid, Spring

Visiting the (very) Little Mermaid, Spring

The Copenhagen waterfront in Spring

The Copenhagen waterfront in Spring

Hire a bike in Copenhagen, one of the best ways to explore

Hire a bike in Copenhagen, one of the best ways to explore

Zealand in July

Zealand in July

Copenhagen river trip in August

Copenhagen river trip in August

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General Style Tips

  • Denmark is a cosmopolitan country and there isn't a dress code as such.
  • Having said that, Copenhagen residents do dress very smartly.
  • Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as camisoles and a cardigan for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and sweater in the winter.
  • Shopping is expensive, so plan ahead for what you will need.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Take comfortable shoes for walking or do as the locals do... grab a bike and explore. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, save your high heels for the evenings.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, keep you warm in a chilly breeze, or cover your shoulders for modesty.
  • The leather RedDog BagPod is a really versatile and stylish bag that can be used from day to evening. Wear it over the shoulder or convert it to a clutch, or use it to keep your belongings and travel documents tidy and easy to find.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • Denmark has a mild climate, with no real extremes of heat or cold but it's possible to experience all sorts of weather conditions all on the same day; always make sure you're carrying something for rain, sun and cold weather.
  • It can rain at any time and our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat and small travel umbrella even in the summer.
  • The winter months November, December, January, February and March are cooler and you may even experience some light snow, so wrap up warmer with layers and take a scarf, gloves and warm smart coat.
  • Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of Denmark

  • In Copenhagen buy a Copenhagencard for free entry into museums and unlimited use of local transport.
  • If you are visiting the West Coast it has a sporty outdoor vibe with marinas, water sports, lots of businesses, shops, restaurants, unique gift shops and jewelry stores. Again the dress code is smart casual and of course there are the wind and kite surfers who look very funky in expensive watersports and surf brands - Roxy, Animal, Ugg etc.

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee. It protects against loss, theft and damage - great peace of mind if you're taking part in outdoor pursuits.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Small figurines are popular buys from Denmark, look out too for ceramics and kitchenware, and traditional knitted scarves.

Last updated 14 December 2017.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.

Advice You Can Trust

I nearly died when I nipped into a shop in Copenhagen to buy some woolly tights as it was cold and they cost me 40 euros - very nice but the most expensive woolly tights I have purchased!

- Pamela, Portsmouth