If it is your first time in a sauna, you’re probably wondering what to wear in a sauna, and as I’m a big fan of it (I used to go once a week!), I’ll give you some idea on you can wear to make yourself feel comfortable.
Just in case you do not know, it is common to go in saunas naked. This is a common practice in Finland, either it is in a private or public setting. Most Finns will go in the sauna naked most of the time. If you’re a foreigner, they might be a little bit more discreet and perhaps wear a swimsuit or simply explain to you that this is the culture and it is totally okay.
Here’re a few things you can keep in mind on what to wear in a sauna in Finland.
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What to Wear in a Sauna in Finland
I know this is a post about what to wear in a sauna, but honestly, the best way to go in one comfortably is by wearing nothing. It is perfectly fine to go in with friends, family, and strangers naked, and most Finns do not mind it at all.
You should try it when you go to a sauna and see how comfortable you feel. If you don’t feel comfy, then make sure to bring anything mentioned below.
Wear a swimsuit
A lot of foreigners who do not feel comfortable going to sauna naked opt to wear swimsuits. Some public saunas or public pool saunas do not allow this, but in most cases, it is perfectly fine.
Just make sure to check the rules in places you’re planning to go to if you can wear one. You can call ahead of time or check out their website if you want to be really sure about it.
Also, most of the time, they would want you to shower first and clean yourself before entering the saunas. Make sure that your swimsuits are 100% clean to avoid spreading bacterias in the saunas as it is not that hot enough to kill it.
Cover with a towel
If you do not have any swimsuits with you, you can always rent a towel in most public saunas or hotel saunas and cover yourself while inside. I personally don’t feel comfortable wearing a towel, but I’ve seen a lot of people covering themselves with one who doesn’t want to go in naked.
You can either bring your towel yourself or get one from the gym or public saunas you’re going to. Just ask if they provide towels to guests and make sure that they are clean before you use it.
Flipflops or slippers
This is not exactly necessarily something what to wear in a sauna in Finland, but it is highly suggested to bring one just in case you need to walk around the place and need one. It is indeed a good idea to wear one to protect yourself from all the dirt and filth you might encounter in such a public setting.
In Finland, it is totally normal to go to saunas naked but it is totally understandable if you don’t. However, for hygiene purposes, make sure to wear something which you haven’t worn in public like regular underwear. Swimsuits are totally fine to wear inside a sauna.
If you get a chance and you’re in Finland in winter, try how the locals do it and visit a local sauna by the lake like in Tampere. The idea is that you go into the sauna and after a while, you go outside and jump in the frozen lake.