Top style tips for 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.
- 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.
- If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we highly recommend the SCOTTeVEST range. Their range of jackets have been specifically designed with traveling in mind and include RFID security (to protect your passport information), 23 secure pockets and personal connectivity integration.
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 🙂
Shoes to pack for Latvia
- 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
Clothing tips for men
- There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
Travel essentials for Latvia
- 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 LifeStraw Filtration 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).
- 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 jewellery are very popular buys, or look for Latvian handicrafts such as wicker baskets, ceramic candlesticks and leather wallets.