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

What to Wear in Europe

Vienna in March

Austria - Vienna in March

Walking the Dubrovnik town walls in August

Croatia - Walking the Dubrovnik town walls in August

Cobbled streets in Prague, April

Czech Republic - Cobbled streets in Prague, April

Champs-Elysees, Paris in October

France - Champs-Elysees, Paris in October

Konstanz square in September

Germany - Konstanz square in September

Grafton Street, Dublin in February

Ireland / Eire - Grafton Street, Dublin in February

Venice in May

Italy - Venice in May

Vilamoura, The Algarve, in September

Portugal - Vilamoura, The Algarve, in September

Torremolinos promenade in September

Spain - Torremolinos promenade in September

Stockholm in August

Sweden - Stockholm in August

Tenby, Wales in July

United Kingdom - Tenby, Wales in July

For advice on what to pack for your vacation in Europe, choose your destination country from the list below:

Austria

Austrians tend to wear clothing that is quite formal and stylish.

Belgium

Like most of Western Europe there is no dress code as such and really anything is acceptable.

Bulgaria

Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as a t-shirt for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and jumper in the winter.

Canary Islands

Throughout the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and La Gomera, in the tourist resorts dress is casual.

Croatia

Casual clothes are the normal daytime wear.

Cyprus

The same applies in Cyprus as is the case pretty much throughout Mediterranean islands - our advice would be to travel light.

Czech Republic

Prague is the most popular destination in the Czech Republic. It is very much a tourist city with visitors from around the world, so you will see all sorts of clothing and there are no real restrictions - although locals tend to be smart casual.

Denmark

Denmark is a cosmopolitan country and there isn't a dress code as such.

Estonia

Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as a tank vest and light knitwear for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and cardigan in the winter.

Finland

Even in summer Finland can be cool.

France

Black is always a colour that works well here.

Germany

Germans dress quite formally and stylishly.

Greece

The same advice applies pretty much throughout mainland Greece and its many Islands - travel light, and we mean really light.

Hungary

Casual clothes reign supreme - really anything is acceptable to wear here.

Ibiza

As in all parts of Spain the locals really care about their personal appearance and image and on the whole they dress conservatively (away from the party scene).

Iceland

Iceland is close to the Arctic Circle so it is going to be cool whatever time of year you visit.

Ireland / Eire

Smart casual will make you feel instantly at ease.

Italy

Italians like to dress up and you will feel more comfortable in smart casual dress.

Latvia

Jeans are always popular here and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (try light knitwear with a t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a cardigan or jumper over long sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.

Madeira

Throughout Madeira dress is casual.

Majorca

Locals in Majorca really care about their personal appearance and image.

Malta

The same applies in Malta as is the case pretty much throughout Mediterranean islands - our advice would be to travel light.

Minorca

Locals in Minorca really care about their personal appearance and image.

Montenegro

For evenings, a smart-casual look will work well.

Norway

Norwegians' dress is generally casual but neat and clean; sports and outdoor gear are common away from the cities.

Poland

Jeans teamed with lighter layers for the summer - try vests, t-shirts and light knitwear - and warmer ones for the winter e.g. long-sleeved tops and a cardigan or jumper, they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.

Portugal

In Lisbon and in other major cities like Oporto the locals dress in a smart, casual and understated elegant style. Opt for a smart casual look.

Romania

Jeans are always popular and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (e.g. a t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a cardigan or jumper over long sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.

Russia

Russia is fairly conservative, and if you choose to wear bright colours you will stand out.

Slovakia

 Jeans are always popular and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (e.g. a t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a cardigan or jumper over long sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.

Slovenia

It's smart, but you don't have to be; if you prefer to dress more casually you will feel at ease.

Spain

The Spanish really care about their personal appearance and image and on the whole they dress conservatively and make an effort when they go out, even if it's just doing the daily shopping.

Sweden

The Swedish people (both women and men) are fashionable and effortlessly stylish.

Switzerland

Very smart casual or smart business orientated clothes will carry you through for business, sightseeing and for eating out.

The Netherlands

Like much of Europe there isn't really a dress code in the Netherlands. Jeans, t-shirts , jumpers and comfortable but attractive shoes will take you anywhere.

Turkey

Smart casual for daytime and evenings works really well.

United Kingdom

Like most of Western Europe there is no dress code as such and really anything is acceptable.

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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Advice You Can Trust

Being a native German, living in the States and organizing small group travel to Europe I find your site accurate and very helpful. My clients often ask what to pack when visiting Europe and I loved your motto: Dress smart! Nice job guys:)

- Russ and Elke, USA