What to Wear in Slovakia

Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, in February

Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava, in February

Bratislava Town Hall, in August

Bratislava Town Hall, in August

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Hotter Shoes women's summer collection

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General Style Tips

  • 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 for 10 hour protection) and sunhat.

What Shoes To Pack

  • 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.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

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 Go! Filtered 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 ceramicsweaving and embroidery.

Last updated 09 May 2018.

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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