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

What to Wear in Europe

Vienna in April

Austria - Vienna in April

Walking the Dubrovnik town walls in August

Croatia - Walking the Dubrovnik town walls in August

Prague Old Town Square in November

Czech Republic - Prague Old Town Square in November

Paris in June

France - Paris in June

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, in October

Germany - Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, in October

Summer festival in Reykjavik, July

Iceland - Summer festival in Reykjavik, July

Venice in May

Italy - Venice in May

Vilamoura, The Algarve, in September

Portugal - Vilamoura, The Algarve, in September

Barcelona in January

Spain - Barcelona in January

Walkers in Appenzell, September

Switzerland - Walkers in Appenzell, September

Istanbul in March

Turkey - Istanbul in March

Christmas on London's Regent Street, December

United Kingdom - Christmas on London's Regent Street, December

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 camisoles or 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.

Corsica

To fit in, opt for a smart, stylish look.

Croatia

Casual clothes are the norm for daytime wear.

Cyprus

The same applies in Cyprus as is pretty much throughout the 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 camisoles and a cardigan for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long sleeved shirt and jumper in the winter.

Finland

Even in summer Finland can be cool.

France

To fit in, opt for a smart, stylish look.

Germany

Germans dress quite formally and stylishly.

Greece

The same advice applies pretty much throughout mainland Greece and her 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's going to be cool whatever time of year you visit, but perhaps not as freezing cold as you might think.

Ireland / Eire

Smart casual wear 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 camisoles or t-shirt with a cardigan) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a 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 (or Mallorca) really care about their personal appearance and image, and on the whole they dress conservatively.

Malta

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

Minorca

Locals in Minorca (or Menorca) really care about their personal appearance and image, and on the whole they dress conservatively.

Montenegro

For most visitors the draw are the glorious beaches - so beachwear and flip flops are the essentials for the day.

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 camisoles, t-shirts and light knitwear - and warmer ones for the winter e.g. long-sleeved tops and a jumper, 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. camisoles or a t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (e.g. a 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 - particularly in the winter months - you will stand out.

Slovakia

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

Slovenia

Slovenians do dress quite smartly, but you don't have to follow suit; 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

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 wear works really well for daytime and evenings.

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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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