Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Finland

Helsinki Cathedral steps, March

Helsinki Cathedral steps, March

Helsinki Cathedral, August

Helsinki Cathedral, August

Helsinki in August

Helsinki in August

Turku in August

Turku in August

Helsinki Cathedral, September

Helsinki Cathedral, September

Temppeliaukio underground church, Helsinki, September

Temppeliaukio underground church, Helsinki, September

General Packing Tips

  • Even in summer Finland can be cool.
  • Our advice would be to dress in warm layers.
  • Long pants with a long-sleeved top are good to pack all year round, with extra warmer layers including sweaters and fleeces for the winter.
  • You may also wish to take something to protect your face and lips from the cold dry air.
  • Children's faces in particular should be protected by using plenty of lip balm and clothing such as balaclava hats.
  • Wear comfortable footwear for sightseeing - we love Hotter shoes for their range of comfy styles.
  • Take sunglasses even in winter, as the sunrays reflect from the white snow.
  • If it's snowing when you plan to visit pack snow goggles - they really will help.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • If you are on business then pack conservative business suits, trouser suits, or dresses.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you are on business then pack dark colored conservative business suits.

Pack for the Weather

  • Pack a waterproof jacket or light raincoat as it rains throughout the year.
  • For the winter in November, December, January, February and March 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 pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
  • merino 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.

Regions of Finland

  • If you're heading to the eastern forests for bear-watching, definitely don't forget your camera! But also take a good book - you may have a long wait between sightings. The mosquitoes are a problem here too, so take plenty of insect/mosquito repellent.

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • 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).
  • 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! Items themed with the Finnish Moomin characters are popular gifts - look for mugs or cookie cutters.

Last updated 04 June 2015.

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