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.
Vilnius is a cosmopolitan city and people dress with style. In the summer dresses are popular as are ¾ length trousers and beautiful shoes.
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.
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.
Take sunglasses even in winter, as the sunrays reflect from the white snow.
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, warm hat and scarf. A furry lining or trim will keep you even cozier.
For extra warmth in winter (November, December, January, February and March) pack some long thermal underwear – you'll be grateful you did.
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 and in the evenings. 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 Lithuania
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.
Clothing tips for women
A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewellery will transform any outfit.
And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit 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.
Other things to pack
A lightweight daysack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
The water is fine to drink here but 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 are popular buys, or look for metal ornaments (silver, bronze, copper) or wooden kitchen implements. Good places to shop are the craft markets/fairs or the craftsmen's workshops in Vilnius Old Town.