What to Wear in Poland

Kraków, in January

Kraków, in January

Kolobrzeg in April

Kolobrzeg in April

In church in Czaplinek

In church in Czaplinek

Sopot in July

Sopot in July

Warsaw in July

Warsaw in July

Gdansk, in August

Gdansk, in August

Poznan in August

Poznan in August

Szczecin in summer

Szczecin in summer

Wroclaw in August

Wroclaw in August

Gdansk in September

Gdansk in September

Street market in Kraków, September

Street market in Kraków, September

Kraków in October

Kraków in October

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General Style Tips

  • Jeans teamed with lighter layers for the summer - try camisoles, t-shirts and light knitwear - and warmer ones for the winter e.g. long-sleeved tops and a sweater, will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.
  • Add in a smarter outfit such as a smart dress or pants and shirt for more formal occasions.

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, so be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes (we love Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too).
  • Ladies take your heels, but save them for evening dining or night clubbing.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Polish women like to take care of themselves, so if you make an effort to dress up and use make-up, you will fit in and feel comfortable.
  • 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.
  • If you're going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs - a 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

  • 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, a warn hat and scarf. A furry lining or trim will keep you even cosier.
  • 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.
  • Again for winter - to keep your feet warm pack boots with a 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.
  • In May, June, July, August, September and October it will be warmer, although there can still be heavy rains (particularly between June and August) so pack a raincoat and travel umbrella.
  • 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

Regions of Poland

  • Warsaw is a great city - lots to see and do, and on Sundays most museums and visitor sites are free. Use the local buses and trams to get around - they are cheap, easy to use and clean. Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime.

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.
  • 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).
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • 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! Polish vodka would be our choice, but remember you will need to pack liquids in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free. Baltic amber jewelry is also a popular buy.

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.