What to Wear in Latvia

Walking in central Riga, June

Walking in central Riga, June

Flower stalls at Riga market, June

Flower stalls at Riga market, June

Riga market, in June

Riga market, in June

Summer solstice festival, Riga

Summer solstice festival, Riga

Exploring Riga, September

Exploring Riga, September

Riga in September

Riga in September

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General Style Tips

  • Jeans are always popular here and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (try camisoles or t-shirt with a cardigan) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a sweater over long-sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.
  • Add in a smarter outfit for more formal occasions, such as the Opera.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
  • 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.
  • 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 (try Hotter shoes, they are just so comfy and look great too).
  • Take your heels, but save them for evening dining or nightclubbing.

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 too.
  • If you are going to visit any religious sites, use your pashmina or a wrap to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

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

  • For extra warmth in winter (November, December, January, February and March) pack some long thermal underwear - you'll be grateful you did.
  • From November it turns colder and damper, and there can be substantial snow. January and February are particularly cold, so our advice would be to pack warm layers, a coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf. A furry lining or trim will keep you even cozier.
  • To keep your feet warm pack boots with a soft water resistant sole. 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.
  • May, June, July, August, September and October are the warmer months, although there can still be heavy rains so pack a raincoat and travel umbrella.
  • But even in summer (June, July and August) it can be cool some days. 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

Other Things To Pack

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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! Amber goods and jewelry are very popular buys, or look for Latvian handicrafts such as wicker baskets, ceramic candlesticks and leather wallets.

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.