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 sweater over long-sleeved tops), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.
Add in a smarter outfit or dress for more formal occasions.
The sun can be deceptively strong even if the temperature feels cool so we suggest that you use a good quality sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range or 10 hour protection) and sunhat.
If you are looking for a highly versatile travel jacket to bring along we 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.
Shoes to pack for Slovakia
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).
Clothing tips for women
A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, as will some simple accessories.
If you are going to visit any religious sites, use your pashmina or a wrap to cover your shoulders and bare legs.
Clothing tips for men
There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
Pack for the weather
In the summer months of June, July and August the temperatures average 18-24°C, and even then the evenings can still be cooler so pack a lightweight jacket or sweater.
The winters are freezing. From January to February the range is -5 to 7°C. Pack warm layers: thick coat, warm hat, gloves and scarf. A furry lining or trim will keep you even cosier.
Through December, January, February and March you also need to pack really good boots with soft rubber soles. 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.
For extra warmth pack some long thermal underwear – you'll be grateful you did.
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.
A light raincoat and travel umbrella are worth packing all year round.
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
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 LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
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! Traditional Slovak crafts include ceramics, weaving and embroidery.