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1. Posted by Ryana123 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 16 Nov '13 07:01

My husband and I (30 and 27 yrs. old) are planning to travel to Europe in March 2014. We are from Southern India where the weather is predominantly very warm.

Now we are planning on a month-long trip to Europe and I am confused on what clothes to pack (winter or light?). If its winter clothing, I need to do some serious shopping - so should I buy them at the destination or from here? How much do I need to pack? We've traveled to other countries in the past but never been on any month-long trip. Please guide me on what other general things I need to factor in apart form clothing as such.

ITINERARY:

Madrid
Barcelona
-CRUISE-
Naples
Rome
Florence
Venice
Switzerland

CRUISE ITINERARY:
Barcelona, Spain
Casablanca, Morocco
Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
Funchal, Madeira Islands, Portugal
Malaga, Spain
Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Thanks in Advance :)

2. Posted by tatianaabreu (Budding Member, 69 posts) 16 Nov '13 07:41

Hey,

In March, you can expect temperatures to be quite pleasant and warm for european standards (15-20 °C) in the southern countries, especially in Spain and Morocco, but also in Portugal and southern Italy.

In northern Italy and Switzerland you should prepare to a more chilly weather and sometimes even snowy days (at higher altitudes). In Florence, Venice and Switzerland the temperature is often below 15 °C in March (i'd say between 5 and 15 °C most of the time).

So yes, you should pack some winter clothes, mostly for the second part of your trip! A couple of warm sweaters, a warm jacket, a scarf, maybe gloves. Barcelona & Madrid are your first two stops and these places are known for being low-cost shopping paradises in Europe, so you will maybe find the clothes you need there, in case you don't want to carry too much weight from India.

Wish you a very nice trip in Europe