Europe Winter Packing List

I was lucky enough to spend this winter exploring the beautiful sights of Austria, Germany and Slovakia. Coming from Cape Town (where it’s summer) and having grown up in California, I was having some trouble deciding which outerwear would be best for my first European winter, and basically what to pack for winter in Europe all together!

After three weeks of adventures, here’s my recommended European winter packing checklist:

  • (3) Heavy Coats: I opted for a white oversized fluffy coat (the ultimate marshmallow!), a camel coat for a neutral option to mix and match with all my outfits, and a red coat for some pop of color.
  • (5) Sweaters: I chose a white, cream, black, and grey sweater to mix and match under coats — plus a super soft mustard turtleneck to pair with the camel coat.
  • (2) Long Sleeve Shirts: I wore these as undergarments under sweaters on really cold days!
  • (3) Pairs of Pants: Black fleece leggings are my favorite for cold weather destinations (you can layer them under jeans or wear with tunics or sweater dresses). I also brought along a pair of black and light blue jeans!
  • (3) Pairs of Shoes: I love booties so I brought along dark brown heeled booties, a pair of black over-the-knee boots to pair with my black leggings, and my black Doc Martin boots. I want to mention that I had to double up on wool socks to stay warm in the Docs though. What I didn’t bring, but wish I had, was a comfy pair of warm, winter boots like these!
  • Accessories: My winter style accessories included a black brimmed hat, ear muffs, black and cream beanies, comfy scarves, and a pair of black and brown leather gloves.
  • Swimsuit: You’ll want at least one bikini for thermal baths or hotel spas!
  • Purse: I always take my camera purse or messenger bag with me to use as a day bag!

Check out more European Winter Outfit Inspiration based off my outfits from the trip!

European Outfit for Colder Weather

Mustard Sweater Outfit in Europe
Mustard Sweater Outfit
Actual: Mustard Sweater / Brown BootiesCamel Coat / Purse


Cute Red Coat in Austria

Blonde at christmas market in Salzburg
Red Coat Winter Outfit for Europe
 Actual: Over the Knee Boots / Black Denim


Dressing Warm in Budapest

Winter Outfit with Cream Sweater
Budapest Outfit
 Actual: Cream Sweater / Camel Coat / Over the Knee Boots / Brown Booties


Winter Outfit in Austria

Europe lake in the winter
White Faux Fur Coat
 Actual: Faux Fur Coat (Tan)Black Boots / Brown Booties


Camel Coat with White Sweater

Blonde Hair Braid

Cream Sweater with Black Leggings
Actual: Cream Sweater / Camel Coat 


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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.