What to Pack for Winter in Europe + Printable Ladies Packing List!

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Do you want to know what to pack for winter Europe? Well, trust me, not a lot of people know how to dress for winter either, and you’re not the only one!

I was one myself until one damn cold day I decided I’ve had enough of this cold and decided to chuck away my cheap winter jackets and invest in proper winter clothing that will keep me warm even if I spend the whole day outside.

You have to remember that during winter season anywhere in the world, the problem is often not the weather itself but the person because nothing is too cold unless you’re wearing the proper clothing!

Note that if you’re traveling in winter, you must have a good sturdy backpack to travel in Europe around this time of the year! Winter gears are heavy and bulky so you’ll need a proper one to carry all of your belongings.

Here’s a list of what to pack for winter in Europe – the essentials! You can get the packing list in your email if you sign up below:

Winter in Europe is magical, and every year, tons of tourist from all over the world fly their way to Europe to experience white Christmas in the Nordics, enjoy skiing in the Alps or simply just for the fun of traveling. Europe is popular all year round but visiting during cold seasons will guarantee you fewer crowds and more opportunities to see tons of places at a lower price. Remember, the winter season in Europe means low season in many expensive big cities.

READ: Winter in Bruges: Romance, Beer, and Christmas Cheer

Also, Christmas Markets in Europe is a big thing too during the holidays months (November and December), and there would be tons of activities that will be held outdoors for everyone to enjoy. So, if you’re keen on visiting major European cities for their Christmas Markets, then you need to be prepared to spend lots of time outdoors in the cold! I can’t stress enough how important it is to dress properly for winter and that’s why I compiled this list that should help you survive Europe during cold seasons.

Besides, what’s the point to be in beautiful Europe in winter if you’re freezing your ass off and can’t enjoy your trip? None. Trust me. You don’t need to layer tons of clothing to stay warm! All you need are few but essential key clothing that will help you survive winter in Europe (or any other places).

What to Pack for Winter in Europe

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Dress for Winter and Survive Europe During Cold Seasons

LONG JOHNS OR LONG UNDERWEAR

Okay, long johns are not so pretty but I can assure you they’ll keep you warm and that’s what’s important here. Besides, no one will ask you to strip down to see if you’re wearing something not-so-cute underneath your winter jacket. Trust me; you’ll surely need this especially if you’re coming from countries that don’t experience winter.

Plus, some brands sell decent looking ones that are skin tight but will keep you warm. Normally these are sports grade materials, and I’d go for those since they are likely made for athletes who does winter sports. This is one layer of clothing to add on how to dress for winter to stay warm.

Here’re examples of long johns:

WARM PANTS, JEANS OR WOOL LEGGINGS

WARM PANTS, JEANS OR WOOL LEGGINGS

If you refuse to wear long johns, then you better find something else that will keep you warm. I suggest jeans or wool leggings; these two are what I use on days long johns aren’t exactly too cute to wear.

If you’re feeling extra cold, then you can either put the jeans on top of your long johns or wool leggings for extra warmth.

Here are examples for warm pants:

FLEECE JACKET OR WOOLY JUMPER

FLEECE JACKET OR WOOLY JUMPER

Layering is your best friend during winter indeed. However, you don’t need to layer ten things to keep warm. Sometimes all you need is one or two layers! On top of your long johns, you can either top it with a fleece jacket or a wooly jumper, your choice.

That said, I always wear a fleece jacket over my long underwear, and that keeps me warm even if the degrees drop to minus fifteen. Sports fleece jacket isn’t the prettiest, but I find it warmer than wooly jumpers!

Here are some examples of fleece jackets:

THERMAL OR INSULATED WINTER COAT

THERMAL OR INSULATED WINTER COAT

It is up to you, but I often suggest thermal winter coats to anyone who wants to stay warm during winter. If you can find a winter jacket that is thermal, windproof and waterproof, then that’s perfect! Winter in Europe can get wet sometimes due to snow melting or just because it is snowing, plus some parts can be windy also. Helsinki, for instance, gets windy since it is by the coast.

Typically, you can find these sorts of winter jackets on the sports aisle where you can find skiing clothes. Now, you’re probably wondering why I keep on suggesting winter sports clothing – well, simple, they’re made for cold, harsh winters!

They are not the prettiest, but they’ll keep you extra warm and dry. You don’t want your winter holiday ruined because you’re cold, soaked and freezing, right?

If you want to look cute during this winter holiday, then I suggest looking for at least 80% wool winter coats or sometimes sports brands are selling thermal winter coats made for city people – warm but beautiful. However, they might run a bit expensive but guarantees to keep you warm than cheap winter coats from popular retail brands.

Related read: Travel Jacket for Women: Best Lightweight Travel Coats for Winter

BEANIE OR A HAT

BEANIE OR A HAT

It is crucial to keep your head warm. This is the first thing I learn when I moved to Finland, wear a beanie in winter unless you want to get a massive headache afterward.

A hat should suffice, but if the weather falls under minus degrees, it is better to wear a warmer hat. Personally, I’m wearing a thermal beanie, and I love it! Plus, it is also windproof, so that was a win.

winter wonderland

GLOVES

I’ve lost plenty of gloves every winter – yes, every. single. winter. I decided that this year, I’ll wear mismatched gloves because I can’t be bothered buying new ones and, to be honest, having gloves on when it is minus degrees outside is always the best idea ever.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to use gloves when you’re outside. Trust me; it is nice to have warm hands especially if you plan to stay out for a longer period.

I mean, wouldn’t you love to stay outdoors as long as you can when the country turns into a winter wonderland like Finland in these photos?

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WOOLY OR THERMAL SOCKS OR ANY THICK SOCKS

WOOLY OR THERMAL SOCKS OR ANY THICK SOCKS

I’m going to say this again, and I think I’ve said it enough, it is important always to stay warm and especially your feet! I’ve learned this the hard way in the beginning, and now I’m never without thick socks when I’m heading out even for a short period.

Feet is, in my opinion, the most important part you have to take care of because trust me, frostbite is real and if you don’t keep your feet warm – they are usually the first things that get cold after a short walk in the snow.

PROPER WINTER SHOES/BOOTS

PROPER WINTER SHOES/BOOTS

So, we just tackled the reason why you should keep your feet warm at all cost. But what is a good winter boot anyways? I know some shops sells several sorts of good looking boots that are in fashion and looking so dandy and the price is reasonable! Steal? Maybe. But the real question is, will that pair of boots keep your feet warm?

I’ve bought plenty of cheap but beautiful winter boots in my life and they frequently only last about one winter season, and for its price, I would say it is not even worth it. So, how to find proper winter boots that would last long and keep you warm? Here’re a few factors you consider when buying winter shoes:

  • Material that is used on the shoes: Shoes made out of 100% leather should keep you warm. But not a lot of people find this ethical so boots that say it have “thermal lining” or “insulated” should be good.
  • Brand of the shoes: Many companies or brands are known for reasons and that is because they make kickass winter clothing and only that – nothing else. For shoes, it is the same thing; there are specific companies that only produces shoes to keep your feet warm in winter. For instance, I have a Timberland 100% leather boots which I bought for this winter – it is awesome. Plus, Timberland is a well-known brand for producing leather boots with a particular style.
  • The price of the shoes: I’ve bought my Timberlands for 200€, and I thought that was expensive, but after using it for a while, I felt its worth because not once I felt cold on my feet this winter. So remember, sometimes it is worth to buy quality products from well-known brands than spending 70€ on shoes that look great but don’t last long.

Here are examples of quality winter boots that are great for winter:

WARM POSITIVE VIBES

WARM POSITIVE VIBES

Trust me, it will be cold and you’ll need this. But kidding aside, just be reminded that don’t let the cold ever be the reason why you can’t have fun outdoors because trust me, it is fun to be outside!

Also, in countries like the Nordics, they often serve amazing hearty dishes that truly warms up the soul – that is also something to look forward to when you come in winter.

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26 thoughts on “What to Pack for Winter in Europe + Printable Ladies Packing List!

  1. Melissa Gomez says:

    I liked your tip on long johns and also on sports clothing. Being from a tropical place, I know I’m not at all prepared for the European winter, but I still would love to visit Europe in this season and your tips come in handy.

  2. Joseph Richards says:

    long johns are a big a thing here. as a dock worker in winter at 6 am (live on border of canada and america) you are going to want those. work wonderfully.

  3. Scott Summers says:

    I have yet to experience winter but I would not mind these tips let alone the gear. It will be useful during cold days.

  4. Patricia says:

    Wow that’s a lot! My luggage will be full just by my winter clothes alone. The first time I went abroad for winter was in Taiwan and it wasn’t as cold so a simple jacket, jean, and shirt would suffice. Just the basic stuff. But I do want to experience snow…

  5. shaira says:

    All these outfits sure looks beautiful when worn. But of course, they’re a hassle to bring but we have no choice, we cannot let ourselves suffer in cold.

  6. Priyanshu singh says:

    Great tips for surviving the winter. Don’t worry about what you look like,we should just worry about staying warm! Even though I haven’t visited Europe in the winter, I did go hiking in Ecuador and it was very windy and cold. I was not prepared and purchased a pair of long johns, wool socks, and gloves to go with my collection of travel clothes. It’s better to be safe than sorry!.quite knowledgebale.

  7. Angela Rose says:

    When I was a kid, I always dream of winter. Building a snowman, snowball fight, and other winter wonderland ideas, but it’s a different story now. No way I enjoy that nightmare blizzard. Thanks for the very helpful tip but, I prefer to travel on tropical countries.

  8. Cecile Smoak says:

    Europe during winter is amazing. But you really need to pack these heavy clothes if you are to enjoy the experience to the fullest!

  9. Kei says:

    I agree that we should also bring a lot of warm positive vibes. A lot of people usually make a list of the things they must bring, but I bet this one isn’t listed on it.

  10. Bare says:

    You have a great list for a first-timer to Europe during the winter period, staying warm is the ultimate then.A must have are the fleece jackets, boots, insulated coat, and gloves.

  11. Angelo says:

    I will never forget my gloves again. I remember I went to South Korea, it’s winter that time. I forgot my gloves. My hands are freezing until I bought one there.

  12. Maklein says:

    I love your tips on surviving winter because after all they are all true. I once experienced winter but it is just for a day and it isn’t even in Europe.

  13. Brooke of Passport Couture says:

    Great tips for surviving the winter. Don’t worry about what you look like, worry about staying warm! Even though I haven’t visited Europe in the winter, I did go hiking in Ecuador and it was very windy and cold. I was not prepared and purchased a pair of long johns, wool socks, and gloves to go with my collection of travel clothes. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

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