I'm planning to go to Europe from 24 Nov - 5 Dec 2011

Since I come from tropical country, I really don't have any idea what should I wear during a winter.

I have checked the temperature for the same date but from last year (based on http://weather.uk.msn.com/monthly_averages.aspx)

  • London : 8 - 11 Celcius ( 46-51 Farenheit)
  • Amsterdam : 5 - 9 Celcius (41-48 Farenheit)
  • Munich : 1-6 Celcius (34-42 Farenheit)
  • Lucerne : -3 - 0 Celcius (26-32 Farenheit)
  • France : 4-8 Celcius (39-46 Farenheit)

What do I need to wear for these kind of temperature?

One more question : Is this jacket enough or I should put more layer below this? enter image description here

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    Go for layers. There's nothing wrong with wearing two t-shirts and a tank top just to keep warm. A shirt, sweater and thick vest/jacket should be enough around 10 Celsius. 0 Celsius combined with wind/water is really freezing cold and you should combine multiple layers with the top one waterproof. Oct 7, 2011 at 13:22
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    My recommendation would be to shop upon your arrival, rather than buy online. Local stores are best equipped to outfit local weather conditions.
    – rs79
    Oct 7, 2011 at 13:24
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    @AnkurBanerjee: In the UK, people often use Fahrenheit when it's hot and Celsius when it's cold.
    – hammar
    Oct 7, 2011 at 16:02
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    @hammar, born and lived in the UK for 27 years, no one below the age of 40 uses Fahrenheit, ever! Oct 7, 2011 at 20:00
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    Agree - have lived in South Africa, NZ and UK, and it's Celsius all the way for ALL temps, while when I lived in Colorado, they used Fahrenheit exclusively.
    – Mark Mayo
    Oct 17, 2011 at 10:52

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If you come from a tropical country, the jacket your've linked to is surely not enough. I'm from Saint-Petersburg, and even I would add something to this jacket.

I suggest you wear a long jacket to cover your back, something like this: enter image description here

FjällRäven is not very cheap, but it is lightweight and made with durable materials - I use this brand, and that is why I've inserted their images.
Also note that you can use both jackets for the lower temperature, and simply not use one of them if the temperature is high enough.

And I want to add that the cities you mentioned have high relative humidity, and you will probably need a warm hat or a headband:

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And, maybe, scarf and gloves:

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Don't forget about good socks and waterproof shoes.

  • water in air - you mean high humidity? how about the bottom? is jeans enough? Oct 7, 2011 at 6:54
  • @Rudy Yeah, that's the right word. Yeah, jeans will be enough, don't forget about good socks and waterproof shoes
    – VMAtm
    Oct 7, 2011 at 6:57
  • I would say that jeans are not enough, bring thin trousers to wear under your jeans. If you have silk pajama pants those will do, up to 6 of them do not even show. You can also go for termal underwear, but you will likely never use those again.
    – Willeke
    Apr 18, 2016 at 18:04


It goes without saying that you'd need a proper hat, and there are some models that can protect your face as well as your frontal lobes. Here are some less common options that can provide superior protection to your gentle facial features.

Beard hats

Yes, I know -- they look hilarious. From second-hand experience, they work wonders (a friend of mine that lives only 300 km south of the Polar circle has one, and he swears by it). This will keep almost your whole face warm, and will be especially helpful in windy weather.

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For that extra special spec-ops look. Combine with wired headset and stern look for extra confusion. I wouldn't wear one in civilized company even if my life depends on it, but don't count it against me.

Disclaimer: The author will not be held liable if you get arrested for suspicious behaviour when following this advice.

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Other means of protection

Yet more ideas that couldn't be placed in other categories.

Grow a beard

Might not be an option for you particularly, but in Scandinavia beards and all sorts of facial hair are common, and not only as a fashion statement. This works essentially as a non-detachable beard hat, with increased social acceptance.

The Scarf

If you already happen to have a scarf, then you could wrap it up to cover your chin and possibly your nose. Slightly better appearance as far as aesthetics go (definitely less curious looks than those fancy beard hat thingies), but you'll need to do this right the first time, as any major adjustments when you are out in the cold are simply not possible, or at least -- not preferable.

This was part of a bigger answer originally, but was split in two for better cohesion.

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    Upvoted for the beard hat.
    – dbkk
    Dec 7, 2011 at 5:51
  • scarf alone should be enough for most situations, unless things get really bad. Both the hats you show would bring instant suspicion upon you in many parts of Europe, as typically only criminals wear things like that (at least on television, and that's where people get their idea of reality). Scarf+hat (without the fake beard) is proper, and more than enough in all but the most severe weather (and can protect the nose as well, your "beard hat" doesn't.
    – jwenting
    Dec 8, 2011 at 6:41

As the others have already said, this jacket will not be enough. The temperature ranges you cite do not reflect the fact that temperatures routinely go below zero at night, and in presence of strong winds and high humidity (especially in coastal regions), the FeelsLike® temperatures would be 5-10 degrees lower. For this reason, I'd look for a wind-proof jacket, even if it is not as thick -- it will certainly be lighter and easier to pack. It's ideal for snow-less environment, and will serve you well even if temperatures fall slightly below zero.

At any rate, after some years spent in Northern Europe, the most important item for me is a large warm scarf -- something like this:

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Because of its exceptionally large area (mine is probably around 3m x 20cm, 100% acrylic, and certainly not the largest available), you can wrap it up very well around your neck, and even the lower part of the face, if necessary, and it keeps you warm and prevents cold air from sneaking in your coat/jacket. From personal experience, this thing reduced the rate at which I get colds or other cold-related respiratory conditions.

You can also wrap the scarf around your face, but you probably wouldn't want to do that except in dire circumstances, as it will attract some questionable looks from the locals.

Finally, this accessory is certainly a welcome addition to any fashionista's wardrobe, and you'll notice that a lot of people are wearing them.


In addition to what has been mentioned here above, make sure you wear layers of clothes. Layer on a reasonably warm jumper, shirt, and a jacket and that will keep more warm than a single heavy jacket over a t-shirt. It also allows you to take off layers if there's sun outside and you start feeling slightly warm, but not warm enough to walk out without a jacket on at all.


I usually go with Jeans, some long sleeve shirt, another warm shirt on top of it and a wind-proof winter jacket. Make sure your boots/shoes are waterproof in case you encounter snow, especially if the temperature is close to 0. The snow will melt and you get water inside your shoes, and nothing is worse than wearing wet socks in winter.

If you get wet shoes anyway then stuff them with old newspapers and put them on the radiator overnight.

Some scarf or headgear that covers your ears is also an advantage in windy areas, mountains or high buildings.

your jacket looks "ok" for maybe 10 Degrees and above, but you should ask in a camping store for proper advice; and not browse the google merchandise store for this sort of trip :)


The jacket is enough for a very hardy person, especially from a Nordic country, who is trying to do some "conditioning." For most people, you need a second layer.

You're talking about a 15 degree difference (Centigrade, 25 degrees Fahrenheit) from top to bottom. That jacket is enough for the top end of the range, but not the bottom (for the average person). You may be one person who's the exception to the rule.


I'm British, in winter most people generally wear jeans, trainers, t-shirt with maybe a jumper or fleece underneath, and then a thick coat.

Gloves and a hat, with an optional scarf (Most big jackets cover your neck enough to do without one, IMO).

You should be good to about -5C with that.

Don't ask me what to wear here though, I just moved to Quebec!

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