Clothing for europe in december??

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1. Posted by G.Star (Budding Member 17 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hello ;),

In December I am heading off on a month long holiday around europe (portugal, spain, italy, switzerland, france)

I am backpacking and trying to take the absolute minimum with me!!

As it is going to be warmer when i am in portugal and spain, but then I am going skiing in switzerland, do you think i should:

a) take a really warm ski jacket with me and then a few thin woolen tops and other things to layer


b) take a really thin rain jacket, and then warmer layers to go underneath?

Please help I am very confused I am from the other side of the world

2. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I reckon it's going to be preeety cold in Switzerland then and a decent jacket would be an investment, there's also the possibility of buying stuff there eh?!

3. Posted by agnez (Full Member 19 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi. I live in Northern Italy: Turin.

For a december trip as you describe, choose the very warm sky jacket.
Better if it is a "composed" sky jacket, with a wind resistant shell and a cold warm fleece inside.
Only in Portugal and Barcelona you could find fine temperatures in december (with some luck...), in France, Italy and Switzerland December and January are the coldest months of the winter.

Following the "onion theory" of dressing with different layers, if you'll be lucky you could wear only a fleece over your shirts while you're in Portugal, leaving the sky jacket in your baggage.

In the others country, you'll say thanks tou your jacket!
Don't forget very warm shoes, socks, hat and gloves...

Bye and HAve a nice trip!
(Turin today: sunny day and 0 °C)

4. Posted by agnez (Full Member 19 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

If possible, take your own jacket.
A good ski jacket in Switzerland/Italy costs more than 300 $...and the price is increasing on the ski stations boutiques.