Germany is a country rich in fairy tale folklore, a vibrant art scene, and gorgeous countryside — all in addition to a wealthy history as one of Europe’s most influential nations. To navigate this country, where the weather is as diverse as its subcultures, I put together this packing list.
In this guide, you’ll find what to wear in Germany, as well as what NOT to bring, and answers to other key German FAQs.
Prepare yourself for a wide variety of enjoyment from outdoor activities to the many opportunities to try German delicacies and beers (if you like)!
1. Neck Wallet
Especially when visiting touristy cities like Berlin and Munich, a neck wallet is an item you won’t want to travel without. Keep your valuable belongings organized and secure by wearing this handy neck wallet beneath your clothes and out of reach for pickpockets.
Depending on where you’re coming from, you may experience the unpleasant effects of jet lag upon your arrival in Germany. Prevent and treat those nasty symptoms by taking homeopathic jet lag relief pills and make the most out of your first day in Germany.
The weather in Germany can be unpredictable and sometimes you may experience all four seasons in a single day! In a country where you’ll inevitably be spending a lot of time outdoors, you’ll need to have a sturdy, windproof travel umbrella. This one will keep you dry and protected from the elements.
There’s no question that you’ll be doing plenty of walking while in Germany. From strolling through the vibrant cities, visiting museums, and enjoying biergartens, you’ll need comfortable, stylish flats for days spent on your feet. These ones provide comfort and are the perfect breathable shoe to wear all day long.
If you plan to bring electronics on your trip, you will need a lightweight power adapter to convert from the US to UK voltage and to use continental European outlets. This one is great because it’s lightweight, compact, and comes at a great price.
Traveling to other countries often results in an upset stomach, whether it’s caused by the traveling itself or by eating something that doesn’t agree with you. Either way, activated charcoal is an absolute must-have. The charcoal absorbs toxins in your system and helps you carry on with the many fun parts of traveling.
7. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
Anytime you connect to WiFi in public places, such as in hotels, cafes, and airports, you leave yourself vulnerable to potential hackers. Keep your sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and passwords, safe by using a VPN when you go online. This will also allow you to have access to websites from home that may be censored in your host country.
With all the seasonal gear you will be packing, from snow boots to bathing suits, you’ll need to keep all your layers organized by storing your items in packing cubes. This set is great because it comes in a variety of vibrant colors and includes separate cases for shoes and dirty laundry.
If you plan to use your smartphone for photos, videos, and navigation, you will need to power up your battery frequently during your time spent in Germany. This one is convenient because it’s lightweight and small enough to carry in your back pocket, which is very fitting with Germany’s minimalist style.
10. Stylish Backpack
Fashion in Germany is utilitarian and understated, without sacrificing elegance or style. A sleek and sturdy backpack will guarantee you will fit in with Berlin’s hip street style and see you through a long day of sightseeing.d durable, so it’s perfect to bring with you all your adventure activities for both photo and video content. Trust me, after your trip, you’ll be glad you brought along a good camera to capture your favorite memories.
While cities like Berlin and Hamburg are highly fluent in English, it’s polite not to assume. Further in the countryside, you might find yourself relying on your Deutsch to get around. A German phrasebook like this one will cover all the basics for finding your way around.
12. Travel Insurance for Germany
One of the most important items to make sure you have on any overseas vacation is reliable travel insurance. Both for peace of mind and in case of emergency, you’ll want to make sure you’re covered in any situation. We always use World Nomads when we travel because they cover the costs of lost or stolen luggage, flight cancellations, and medical expenses.
Tap water is safe to drink in Germany, so you’ll want to remain hydrated by bringing a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. We like to use a water bottle with a Brita water filter as an added layer of protection when drinking from the tap.
Germany experiences all four seasons, and the weather can be a little unpredictable. Berlin gets hot in July, but it does rain. And while September is sunnier, it brings cooler temperatures. With a light jacket in a neutral color, you’ll be prepared for any weather and fit in perfectly with the locals.
15. Shawl or Scarf
With unpredictable weather, a scarf or shawl will come in handy regardless of the season. Throw it on over your outfit on a cool summer night, cover your shoulders when entering a church, or use it to add some style to a winter outfit. This versatile item is a must-have for any trip to Europe.
You’ll be glad you thought ahead when you can easily use your phone for navigation, google, uber, and more during your time spent in Germany. Purchasing a cheap, prepaid European SIM card will make things much easier for you throughout your trip. All you need is an unlocked smartphone and you’re good to go!
17. Gorgeous Outfit
Though in cities like Berlin, you’ll want to opt for more casual evening attire, you may want to go out to a nice dinner or check out a more upscale bar or nightclub. In any case, it never hurts to pack at least one gorgeous outfit like this one that can be dressed up or down with the right accessories.