What to Wear in Estonia

Cruise ship passengers in June

Cruise ship passengers in June

Old Town, Tallin in August

Old Town, Tallin in August

Tallin in August

Tallin in August

Tallin square in August

Tallin square in August

Tallin in October

Tallin in October

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General Style Tips

  • 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.
  • Take sunglasses even in winter, as the sunrays reflect from the white snow.

What Shoes To Pack

  • To get around and see as many sites as possible during your trip you're likely to do a good deal of walking and often on cobbled streets - so be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes. We love Hotter shoes, they're really comfortable and stylish too.
  • Take your heels, but save them for evening dining or night clubbing.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Add in a smarter outfit for more formal venues.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • And a few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • If you are going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs - your pashmina can come in handy for this too.

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

  • Even in summer Estonia can be cool - temperatures peak in July at around 16C or 61F.
  • May, June, July, August, September and October are the warmer months of the year, although there can still be heavy rains so pack a raincoat and small travel umbrella.
  • From November it turns colder and damper, and there can be substantial snow. To keep your feet warm pack boots with a water resistant sole.
  • The winter months November, December, January, February and March are freezing cold and, as well as layers, you need to pack a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as really good boots with soft rubber soles. It's important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
  • For extra warmth in winter pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
  • light wool is a good choice to wear against your skin as it naturally helps to regulate your body temperature. It keeps you warm in the cold, wicks away moisture when it's hot, and doesn't retain odours - even after prolonged wear.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
  • 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

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • 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).
  • 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! Woollen knitwear and linen clothing are very traditional Estonian items, and you'll find plenty of stores selling them in Tallin.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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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

A Message From Helen



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.