I'm moving from Georgia, in the Southeast US where it's temperate but never snows or gets much below 32 degrees F, to Switzerland where it supposedly snows from November to February. I'm thrilled but unprepared in this department, to say the least.
I'll be arriving in September so I figure I'll have a couple months to collect gear over there. I'm planning on taking a lightweight fleece jacket, hats, gloves, scarves, and my warmest coat that I have here - a wool peacoat. Boots and a heavy coat just can't be found around here, unless I order online sight unseen. However, it will be a lot more costly to buy clothes over there, especially something as expensive as a winter coat.
Thanks for any advice!!
Actually it will be cheaper to buy it in Switzerland, as the choice for decent boots and cloaks is much broader and the competition much harder among clothes sellers. Look around early, as the best offers are usually be taken up and sold out after the first true snaps of cold. October is good for looking. Your wool coat will probably get you into November with no problems.
You can expect to spent at least 100 USD for decent boots and another 100 USD for a jacket, but anything really nice and warm/comfortable will be more in the 200 USD price range. Don't be cheap on the jacket, you'll regret it bitterly in the few days when it is 10 F outside and the lining is too thin to keep you warm.
The other option you have is to order online now - winterjackets from last season priced at 150 USD can be had for as little as 10-20 USD. (At least that is the way it is in Europe from mailorder giants like Otto and Quelle.)
Also don't carry too much of gloves, scarfes etc with you. It is expected that you buy new gloves and a scarf to match your new jacket perfectly.
[ Edit: Edited at Jun 28, 2006 12:53 PM by t_maia ]
And the other bonus about buying locally is you will be buying stuff which is designed for the exact conditions you will be in. I know it sounds a bit stupid, but winter gear is not the same everywhere and does not have the same effect everywhere, due to local variants (specific weather issues such as wind/damp and things like weather the location is cold and most people stay in the whole time, or cold but many people are still outside a alot)