What to Pack for Germany

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

We absolutely love Germany. Get ready for all the delicious beer, pretzels, sausage and schnitzel you could ever ask for. So you can make the most out of your trip, here are a few of our top packing tips for your next trip to Bavaria... Prost!

When visiting Germany, a good rule of thumb is to gear up for their seasonal weather which is similar to the Midwest in America. Warm summers, mild springs, cool falls and chilly winters. No matter where you venture to in the country, it will be tolerable.

1. Dressy Casual

Germans certainly look nice when going out in public, especially if you're touring the gorgeous castles and gardens of every city. We suggest avoiding flip flops and yoga pants when you’re touring around the country. And guys, please don’t rock any baggie cargo shorts! Instead, opt for fitted bottoms like the Chino line from J.Crew. German’s don’t necessarily dress to the nines or take any crazy fashion risks either. Luckily, this means a nice blouse paired with skinny jeans and comfortable flats, perfect for your day in the beer gardens or the gothic churches.

A light spring dress paired with funky metallic shoes for your casual stroll through the marketplace

2. Layer Up

When traveling, just assume you should have a light jacket or scarf with you at all times. These two items are a must, but keep it stylish! Try a cardigan, jean jacket, or a soft sweater, but no hoodies. Bring along heavier materials if you’ll be in Germany for the fall or winter. These are new climates you’ve never experienced, and although Germany is pretty standard for what to expect in all four seasons, it will ruin your day exploring if you’re uncomfortable with the heat or cold.

3. Mix and Match

Keep it casual and classy, we suggest you pack neutral clothes you can mix and match with. This will save room in your suitcase as well! Try two pairs of fitted jeans and a skirt you can dress up or down. Pick solid cotton fitted t-shirts to pair with scarves that have some pattern and color to them. That way outfits are interchangeable and you can make the most out of your luggage space!

4. Accessorize

Since you may be doing a lot of sightseeing or stopping in the gardens for a beer, walking a lot will be easier if you pack a stylish backpack that you can throw a light jacket or scarf in. Jewelry and sunglass should be subtle with no gaudy styles. Less is more in Germany!

5. Bold Shoes

When you’re on vacation, tourists make the mistake of packing comfortable shoes that are old and way out of style. German’s take pride in their shoe choices and aren’t as casual about the footwear as they are the rest of their outfits. With shoes, you can go out on a limb here with platforms, trendy sneakers, or funky flats. Here is your opportunity to show off a little personality! Luckily, there’s a variety of brands that carry shoes for both style and comfort so you don’t have to sacrifice one or the other.

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