travel advice & savings
 
RAIL PASSES GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICES at RAILPASS.COM Click Here
7 replies
Need help with clothes choice!
scaramussa
scaramussa's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 19
Member: 8090
Joined: 10/03/2008
User offline. Last seen 9 years 38 weeks ago.

I’ll be traveling 41 days on winter The problem is that I’m brazilian and live on the coast (coldest temperature I remember was 18°C/ 64.4F), so winter clothes are expensive and unnecessary here. I probably will buy winter clothes when I arrive on Spain (first Country). I need advice to what buy and good prices, remembering that I’m going to Sweden and Swiss too and I don’t want to “lost” days because of rain.

Thanks!!!

swill
swill's profile picture
Moderator
ModeratorModeratorModeratorModeratorModerator
Eurotrip Points: 691
Member: 5818
Joined: 03/28/2007
User offline. Last seen 5 years 19 weeks ago.

Not really sure what to tell you in terms of prices, but I can give you an idea what you will need. I live in a reasonably cold area of Canada and I spend a lot of time outside.

I saw in another thread that you are planning on skiing. In that case I would not buy a big parka type jacket (a big puffy down one or the like). I would probably go with layers rather than a ‘one jacket for everything’ approach. You are going to want to get something that is waterproof and hopefully something that will breath a bit. This is the combo that I use for the most part and is a going to be a pretty good option for you.

A Gore-Tex (or similar) shell that is waterproof, windproof and is comfortable enough with something under it as well as just on its own. I have a FarWest jacket like this that I am loving.
A soft shell. These may go by different names, but basically it is a fleece that has a flat surface on the exterior that can wick away water if you get suck in some rain and is warm enough to work on its own on chilly days. Under the shell this combo will be your base for all really cold weather.
A reasonably form fitting performance fleece type of shirt/jacket. This and the soft shell will work for most hiking and general miserable weather. The combination of this, the soft shell and the outer shell will basically be enough to survive a blizzard, well kinda. It will be warm enough to ski in and it will give you enough mobility to not be constricted by your clothing.

This is probably not the cheapest option, but gives you a very versatile and complete set of outdoor options. Since they can be split up or used in layers it will probably make them the most ‘packable’ option as well.

In terms of prices, you would probably be looking at about $400-$500 for the outer shell, $100-$150 for the soft shell and probably $50-$80 on the power stretch or performance fleece. These may be conservative estimates, so keep that in mind. If you can get set up for $600, that is a pretty good deal.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more guidance…

I am leaving from Montreal, Canada with $1600 for 16 days
Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Florence, Nice, Barcelona, Paris

Eurotrip Developer

scaramussa
scaramussa's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 19
Member: 8090
Joined: 10/03/2008
User offline. Last seen 9 years 38 weeks ago.

Thanks!!! You know any good place/brand in Span that I cand find these stuff?

swill
swill's profile picture
Moderator
ModeratorModeratorModeratorModeratorModerator
Eurotrip Points: 691
Member: 5818
Joined: 03/28/2007
User offline. Last seen 5 years 19 weeks ago.

I am actually planning my first trip to Europe, so I really have not guidance at all in terms of where to by or the prices that are reasonable over there. Sorry I could not be more help on that front.

I am leaving from Montreal, Canada with $1600 for 16 days
Frankfurt, Munich, Venice, Florence, Nice, Barcelona, Paris

Eurotrip Developer

scaramussa
scaramussa's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 19
Member: 8090
Joined: 10/03/2008
User offline. Last seen 9 years 38 weeks ago.

Thanks anyway Wink
I already went to Italy, but my fear is the ski and Sweden.

RenataFurtado
RenataFurtado's profile picture
New Member
New Member
Eurotrip Points: 23
Member: 15380
Joined: 06/23/2009
User offline. Last seen 8 years 40 weeks ago.

I’m brazilian too and I’m also going to Europe in the winter, but just staying in the big cities (Paris, Amsterdam, Munich, Dublin, London, Madrid, Barcelona) and I live in Rio, it’s hell here everyday (I have something like 1 scarf and 2 sweaters) so I’m REALLY worried about the clothes thing. For backpacking do you think the ideal it’s not to take a big heavy “for everything” jacket? Because it will never be in my backpack, I’ll always be wearing or carrying it, so, the fact that’s heavy it’s a problem? How many coats/jackets/sweaters/paints/pieces of clothes I’ll need to wear outside in a normal cold day? How do you guys that live in cold countries dress in the winter?
And a curiosity: How many hours of sunshine does theses cities that I listed have in the winter? ‘Cause I know the north countries have something like 5(or less) hours of sunshine per day…

I am leaving from Rio de Janeiro with $4000 for 65 days
Paris, Munich, Amsterdam, London, Liverpool, Dublin, Barcelona, Granada, Cádiz, Seville, Madrid
oldlady
oldlady's profile picture
Moderator
ModeratorModeratorModeratorModeratorModerator
Eurotrip Points: 19
Member: 778
Joined: 01/03/2007
User offline. Last seen 2 years 3 weeks ago.

Again, the answer is layers of lightweight stuff, not an individual piece or two of heavy stuff. I would plan on wearing slacks or jeans 100% of the time. Since you aren’t used to cold weather at all, I’d seriously look at mail-ordering silk long underwear — weighs absolutely nothing and you can wear it under almost anything. If you can find it, buy a silk turtle neck in addition to or instead of the “top” for the long underwear. It will keep you warm when you’re outside without making you overly hot when you’re on a train or in a museum.

Living in cold country, I tend to wear jeans, a hoody and a down jacket, but that’s too much weight and bulk for travel. Traveling would be numerous layers. Coldest day would be silk long underwear, jeans or slacks, silk turtle neck, a long sleeved something (shirt, light sweater, t-shirt, etc.) over that and light jacket. Warm socks (or two pair of socks) hat (most body heat is lost from the head), mittens and a neck scarf are really more important than a coat. You can be reasonably comfortable, even if you don’t have a coat that’s really “heavy enough,” if your head is covered (& I like a scarf I can bundle around my neck and even face) and your hands and feet are warm.

quick90
quick90's profile picture
Member
MemberMember
Eurotrip Points: 57
Member: 10581
Joined: 02/25/2009
User offline. Last seen 3 years 48 weeks ago.

Hey, I also live in Canada. If you are only going to Europe for 41 days, it’s up to you if you would actually want to spend $600 on a jacket. Personally, depending on your budget, I don’t really see the need to be honest. Like I guess you could spend that much then try and resell it? Like you would for sure want to bring a couple hoodies with you (hooded sweat shirts), and a standard, lightweight skiing/snowboarding jacket would suffice imo. If I were you, I would try to purchase some clothes online and get them shipped to you if it is possible. A decent jacket should be able to be purchased for $200U.S.

Check this site for an example:

http://www.boardzone…

Now keep in mind that if you are travelling in winter, you will probably end up wearing the jacket everyday in the more northern countries, so it’s not like it would be too bulky to pack. Just another option to consider.

I am leaving from Detroit with $5800 for 56 days
Madrid, Valladolid, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Venice, Munich, Athens, Vienna, Budapest, Kraków, Prague, Berlin, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, Edinburgh, London
Requesting help with Hostels, Nightlife, Food, Sights