What to Pack for Budapest

Budapest is a treasure; one that I just discovered recently. I can’t praise the city enough, because everything about this city, its history, language, and its people, are so unique.

Resting along the Danube, with the Hungarian Parliament Building on one bank and the Fisherman’s Bastion standing watch over the other, Budapest is a city of art, architecture, history, and of course, luxurious thermal baths.

Being a famous holiday destination from tourists all over the world, we wanted to give you all the fashion essentials you need to pack if you are traveling to Budapest in the near future.

So let’s begin the style introduction of our beloved Budapest.

When it comes to blending in fashionably in Budapest, it doesn’t take as much effort as other Western European cities. And when it comes to packing for Budapest, or Hungary in general, local weather is fairly predictable which makes deciding what to wear pretty straight forward.

Tip #1: Pack layers for the best time of year, Spring!

Winter can be extremely cold, while summer is typically hotter than other cities in Eastern Europe. This makes the most favorable time to visit Budapest is during the spring season from March to May. The weather tends to be milder making it perfect for walking the city and seeing the sites. Also several festivals are hosted in the spring!

The best advice would be to layer up, adding and removing clothing depending on how cool or warm it becomes. Pack jeans or dark trousers, perfect for pairing with a neutral t-shirt or blouse. Then add a cool leather jacket or thick blazer and printed scarf to complete the look. If you want to add a little femininity to your Budapest wardrobe, pack a cute dress paired with opaque tights for when the weather starts to drop.

Tip #2: Brace for the heat of the summer

Summers in Budapest can get HOT! Take full advantage of the glorious weather and pack outfits that will help you stay light and cool in the heat. Try packing flowy dresses, skirts and shorts, paired with loose blouses, and breathable tank tops.

A little trick to knowing if your shirt will be breathable? Hold it up to a light and observe how much you can see through the material. The more light that comes through, the more breeze you’ll feel in the heat. The best fabrics for hot weather are cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, and silk. These materials also help to absorb moisture. Locals tend to wear darker plain clothes that aren’t too loud or colorful. Pack a black or white top in order to hide sweat, or a neutral color palette that can easily be mixed and matched.

Tip #3: Bring a Quality Sleep Mask

For the already jet-lagged traveler, Budapest’s late-night scene can be as much a challenge as a charm — especially since hotel curtains rarely seem to be designed with the city’s night life in mind. I can vouch for this, having once slept in a hotel room looking out at the Budapest Eye, and although its colorful and beautiful, it can still be bright even at night. Another great tip when it comes to sleeping masks - pack it in your carry-on for the flight so that you get some rest on the way!

Tip #4: Protect your skin and stay hydrated

Budapest is a ton of fun, but when it’s warm it’s easy to get dehydrated due to the heat of the summer and humidity of the rainy season. Pack a collapsible or reusable water bottle, which can serve as cup, mug, or bottle. Cooler seasons can kick up cold winds off the Danube, so it’s a good idea to also bring a lip balm with sun protection and sunglasses.

Tip 4: Don’t forget warm elegant accessories

A warm hat and chunky scarf are vital for exploring the city’s beautiful streets and outdoor markets in winter. Gloves are also key to staying warm enough to enjoy the city in the cold months. Pack a pair of stylish cashmere or sheepskin-lined leather gloves to keep you toasty. But if you really want to get a taste of Budapest, bring a pair of fingerless gloves while you sample Hungary’s traditional sweet street-delicacy, the sugar-dusted kürtőskalács (or chimney cake).

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