What To Wear In Switzerland
To sum it up - Layer up
- Very smart casual or smart business orientated clothes will carry you through for business, sightseeing and for eating out.
- Dark coloured clothing is always popular in Switzerland.
- We recommend low key but quality jewellery.
- In Geneva you can never be overdressed - even down to the gold shoes for shopping!
- Swiss women don't seem to wear skirts in the winter so pack any that you need, as you won't find them in the shops.
- Even in summer the evenings can still be cooler so pack a lightweight jacket, jumper or a versatile pashmina shawl.
- A light raincoat and umbrella are useful all year round.
- Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes during the day, whatever time of year you visit.
- The sun can be deceptively strong even if the temperature feels cool. This is especially so at altitude and on the lakes, so we suggest that you use a good quality sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection) and sunhat.
- In the winter most people wear snow or thermal boots, even in the cities. It is important that you get soft rubber soles because even medium soles get really hard in the freezing cold. Make sure too that they have large spaces between the tracks, or the snow will get stuck in them and make them very slippery.
- If going up mountains or on the lakes in winter it is best to wear layers e.g. silk thermals, proper walking trousers, a thin jersey and two high tech fleeces, one with a zip and one without and a light Goretex jacket which is waterproof and windproof. This will keep the bulk down and it's easy to remove layers and pop them in a day pack.
- Walking in the Swiss Alps is fabulous, but the terrain can be tough. Good walking boots with ankle support are a must, and make sure you ‘wear in' your walking boots/shoes for a number of weeks before your trip - you'll be so much more comfortable if you do.
- If taking part in outdoor pursuits, look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - this elasticated strap will secure it to your bag or pocket, so you don't need to worry about dropping it anywhere.
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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Being a native German, living in the States and organizing small group travel to Europe I find your site accurate and very helpful. My clients often ask what to pack when visiting Europe and I loved your motto: Dress smart! Nice job guys:) - Russ and Elke, USA