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What type of Coat do i need for a European Winter?

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1. Posted by jess_capri (Budding Member 53 posts) 10y

Hi everyone,

Coming from Sunny and normally warm Australia and never having seen snow i was wondering what type of coat will i need for the European Winter? Is there a special type of coat i need? Any advice would be appreciated.


2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

If you are activity-oriented, an outdoor jacket with a zip-in fleece shell jacket will be best. It has the advantage that you can still use the outer shell when you are back in Oz. Alternatively you can also buy a wool cloak, it is more stylish.

Best do this when you are in Europe, because it will be easier to get something suitable there. To get around the cold when you arrive wear several layers of long sleeved t-shirts, a sweater and a thin breathable rainjacket.

You'll also need to buy some decents boots. To get by the first few days wear trainers with one pair of thin cotton socks and one pair of thick tennis socks.

Budget around 200 EUR for winter clothes, ie a decent jacket and boots.

Other clothes: Bring Jeans.

And if your mother has a pair of cotton capri leggings lying around she doesn't need, consider borrowing it to wear under your jeans until you got long johns.

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

It also depends on which country/ies you're going to be spending winter in. If you're in Portugal you'll probably get away with a fairly light jacket, if you're going to be in Finland you'll need full-on thermals and a big thick jacket if you want to wander around outside.

4. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 10y

Yeah, and a fur coat for Russia! ;)

The advice regarding clothes I gave you was geared towards Western Europe, ie France, Germany, the UK, Northern Italy, Austria,...

If you want outdoor activity in the snow, best get a snow or skiing suit. The jacket of the skiing suit could double as your normal jacket.

I really recommend going on a snowshoe hike in the mountains. It doesn't take any skill unlike skiing (just a bit of being fit) and is just as fun.