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How to Pack for Winter Travels to Europe

Posted by YMT Vacations on Jun 25, 2019, 9:00:00 AM



Winter travels to Europe can be magical. Imagine the energy of Christmas markets, the beauty of light snow coating the top of historic homes, and plenty of space to explore famous sites without bumping into a ton of other tourists! With so much to look forward to from November through February, your packing list for Europe should contain items that will keep you warm and comfortable throughout your entire tour with YMT Vacations. Not sure where to get started? Here are some packing essentials for traveling to Europe during winter:

Invest In a Good, Waterproof Coat – The weather in Europe can be unpredictable. Whether you are traveling to Ireland or farther east to Austria, a cool, sunny day can turn into dark skies and freezing rain in a matter of minutes. It’s best to prepare for the worst and overdress when it comes to your coat because the alternative may ruin your mood. A waterproof coat is definitely the way to go for winter in Europe so that you can use it anytime you need without having to wait for it to dry out. A hood is also recommended to protect your head in the event of rain, sleet, or snow.

You Will Need Thermal Layers – Maximize your warmth by wearing a thermal layer underneath. The purpose of thermal underwear is to provide a balance between moisture wicking and heat retention. This base layer also prevents cold air from directly hitting your skin. If the idea of wearing a thermal layer is not appealing, you still may want to pack one just in case the weather is cold enough to convince you to try it.

Opt for Waterproof Boots Over Sneakers – When walking through potentially slippery streets in Europe, boots will provide more protection and keep your feet firmly gripped to the ground compared to sneakers. While sneakers are great for comfort, there are many boots on the market that are not only comfortable, but also waterproof while providing the traction you need. Keep your boots in good condition and they can last for plenty more winter vacations in the future!

Layering Is Essential – Once you’ve packed your thermal layers, think about the rest of your wardrobe. Do not pack one outfit per day, or numerous sweaters because they will take up valuable space in your luggage. Instead, choose a neutral color scheme and then pack layering options that will match depending on your mood or the occasion. Layering will also keep you prepared for a wide range of weather. 

Expect to Accessorize – Gloves, hats, scarves, and warm socks are a “must” for your winter vacation to Europe, especially since they take up minimal space. As an alternative to gloves, you might consider a mitten-glove combination that allows you to use your fingers for taking photos on your smartphone or camera.

Your trip to Europe in winter will provide memories that last for years to come. Don’t take the risk of putting a damper on your unique YMT guided tour. Plan for a variety of weather when you pack to keep you warm, cozy, and in good spirits throughout your trip.

Topics: Travel Tips, Packing Lists, International Travel