Thursday, August 4, 2016

What To Pack for a Trip to Germany in Summer

The weather can be quite unpredictable in northern Europe in summer. Even if you’ve checked the forecast online, things can change rather quickly, and it is not uncommon to get caught in an unannounced rain shower.

Rainy SummerMake sure you always have an umbrella with you!

When visiting Germany in summer, you’ll have to be prepared for anything from rain and temperatures in the low 60s (or even lower) to hot and humid conditions.

BerlinRainy and windy day in Berlin 

We spent almost three weeks in Germany in July, and I put a lot of thought and planning into my travel wardrobe and have to say that it all worked out very well. Since all pieces of my travel wardrobe worked together (and I made sure I had layers for different temperatures), I was able to take very few pieces of clothes (and had plenty of room to buy clothes and other things to bring back!), and I also wore almost everything I packed, which is a first! In the interest of full disclosure, I did laundry and also hand washed some items.  

BiergartenOne of several beer garden visits

The base of my wardrobe was black and white with blue and green accent colors (as well as a few colorful necklaces). Here is what I took on our trip and some thoughts on what worked (and didn’t work) and why:

First, here is what I wore on the airplane (very similar to the outfit I wore above in Berlin):
  • Grey leopard print jeans 
  • Jacket Society Hooded Cargo Jacket 
  • Black Athleta Pure Tank - this is such a flattering and versatile top. It worked with everything.
  • Thin long sleeve sweatshirt 
  • Sneakers 
  • Large blue/white striped scarf - I always take a large scarf on an airplane. Since we flew with WOW Airlines, which does not provide pillows or blankets, I was VERY glad I had the scarf. 
Marienplatz MünchenTrying to catch some pokemon at Marienplatz in Munich - unfortunately, our cell phones didn’t quite cooperate...

In addition, I brought the following tops and sweaters: 
  • White Athleta Pure Tank - it’s the same one as the black one I wore on the plane 
  • Black and blue Daniel Rainn pleated blouses - these blouses were some of my best purchases in a long time, and they were perfect for my travel wardrobe (in fact, I bought them specifically for the trip). The blouses are very comfortable and flattering and were really easy to wash and dry in a hotel room. 
  • Black Trina Turk Accomplice Top - I didn’t necessarily need to pack this top as I already took the Daniel Rainn blouse in black, which is quite similar. 
  • White peasant blouse
  • Off-white/black striped blouse and matching tank
  • White vest
  • Black cardigan
  • Black/white striped cardigan 
Fortress Würzburg 2
Fortress Marienberg in Würzburg in the background
Catching PokemonCatching pokemon in Würzburg

And here are the skirts I brought: 
  • Black/white striped maxi skirt
  • Black/white pencil skirt - never wore it 
Fortress Marienberg Würzburg Visiting Fortress Marienberg in Würzburg - such a fun place to walk around and explore, especially for kids

And here are the pants I brought: 
  • Denim capris
  • Marimekko for Target Palazzo pants 
Würzburg ResidenceAnother view of the Residence in Würzburg on another day

Other: 
  • Capri leggings - to hang out in
  • Full-length leggings - I brought these to wear under the maxi skirt on colder days but ended up not wearing them
  • 2 tunics to wear with the leggings - I wore them around my parents' house, etc. 
  • Several necklaces, scarves & neck scarves
  • Colorful Desigual bag
  • Umbrellas

Randersacker
Walk to Randersacker and exploring the cute, little (but well-known) wine town

Shoes: 
Hike to Kloster AndechsHike to Kloster Andechs from Herrsching at Ammersee (you can take the S Bahn from the Munich main train station to Herrsching - a beautiful little town with a beautiful lake) - such an amazing hike; we chose the steeper route and also walked very fast as a very heavy rain storm was fast approaching. We were very glad that we made it to the top before the heavy downpour started. Since the rain was so heavy, we took the bus back down to Herrsching.

Kloster Andechs 2Almost there!
Kloster Andechs 1We enjoyed a giant pretzel, beer, & apple juice mixed with sparkling water at Kloster Andechs. 

If you want to see more of my travel looks, you can check out my last post when we visited Rothenburg as well as my Instagram feed.

Questions: Have you ever visited Germany (or any other country in Europe) in summer? If so, what did you pack? Did you pack enough/too much? What are your holiday packing strategies? Are you like me and like to leave plenty of space in your suitcase so you can bring back plenty of things? 

Click here to check out the fabulous bloggers I’m linking up with.

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclosure: Most links to clothing items in this post are affiliate links, and www.andreaswellnessnotes.com may benefit from actions taken on the links.]

52 comments:

  1. What great photos Andrea! Looks like you had a lovely time even with the unpredictable weather. I really want to visit Germany one day, have never been. I'm glad our jacket came in handy :)
    Nora
    www.jacketsociety.com

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    1. Thanks, Nora! Germany is a great place to visit, and so different from the North to the South. And, yes, the jacket worked out great! Since it was rather cold, I wore it a LOT more than I thought I would...

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  2. I live in Bavaria now and I totally know what you mean about trying to pack for all different conditions! Even if its not that hot outside, with no A/C inside it can still be pretty uncomfortable. I think the maxi skirts are a great option for warm and cool weather, and can be dressed up or down. Hope you had fun!
    -Kristin
    countdowntofridayblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! Yes, we had a great time. And, yes, maxi skirts are my new favorite travel option... They work in such a wide range of temperatures...

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  3. Isn't it crazy, how Europe is so much more unpredictable than the states? You give some great tips and you really make me miss Germany, especially those giant pretzels, too cute!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! And, yes, German summer weather is really unpredictable. Last year it was super hot and humid for weeks on end, and a couple years before it was cold and rainy the entire time we were there...

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  4. 3 weeks in Germany sounds amazing! We went to Italy for a week a couple of weeks ago and the weather was pretty hot and humid the entire time, no rain! It was very similar to the weather here in St. Louis right now! That pretzel looks SO good (and with beer, yum!) and my kids just got into this Pokemon thing... agh, I'm not sure if I'm ready for it! haha!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. Your Italy photos looked amazing! My son is still into Pokemon, but I feel (hope?) his excitement has actually lessened a bit... :-)

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  5. Love your photos & such a great packing list. We are just back from Europe and as you know, you need to pack for all types of weather.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, you do need to pack for a very wide range of temperatures... Hope you had a wonderful time in Europe!

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  6. You did well packing for such varied weather! Shame it isn't all sunny in summer but it's great you were still able to explore and enjoy despite the cold, windy and rainy days! :) Well done on wearing everything you packed too - I struggle to do that sometimes, I always overpack!


    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. Thanks, Mica! I used to ALWAYS overpack and ended up not wearing a large number of the clothes I took. Having a very narrow color palette and trying everything out before we left, really helped!

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  7. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Yes, an umbrella is a must.

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  8. Golly, it looks like you had a fantastic time in Germany Andrea. I'm impressed with your capsule wardrobe and was delighted to see those wonderful palazzo pants made the cut. Lovely post!
    Anna x
    www.annasislandstyle.com

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    1. Thanks, Anna! My mom absolutely loved the palazzo pants! :-)

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  9. I think that is the hardest thing about travelling to me---having enough clothes that I feel prepared for all the weather and events! Maybe I'm too fickle? But it does remind me of a clothing capsule and I don't do that well!!
    But you're smart---you planned it out well in advance---and that's probably the key!
    jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. Yes, I think it's easiest to create a mini capsule wardrobe. That's how approached packing this year. I had never done this in the past, and it was often a mess...

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  10. How fun! I really miss Germany! My mom still lives there! Hopefully next summer I get to visit again!
    Wishing you a Happy Weekend!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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    1. Yes, we had a great time. Hope you'll get to visit next year!

      Happy Weekend!

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  11. I was in a quaint little store in Tipp City, Ohio, of all places and saw a number of unique and colorful Desigual tops and couldn't remember which blogger I follow had mentioned that designer/brand. Now, I remember. It's YOU! The Daniel Rainn tops are lovely. Just checked them out through your link. I see a striped blouse that I love in the pic of you with the Wurzburg Residence in the background. Which piece is that?

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    1. How fun that you ran across some Desigual tops! I saw some recently in a small shop along the coast...

      I'm so happy I picked up the Daniel Rainn tops. I went shopping specifically for some tops to take on the trip, and, to be honest, when I first saw them on the hanger, I wasn't sure if I liked them. But I liked them when I tried them on, and I like them even more after wearing them a lot! Plus, they are so easy to care for. Wash, hang, wear. No ironing! And the pleats behave! :-)

      The striped blouse is from Banana Republic but it's at least five years old; I didn't link it since I couldn't find anything that is truly similar...

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  12. Great pictures! It s great to be able to stay for three weeks, so you ve got enough time to do the things you want to do and visit relatives. I always pack way to much, and I am only leaving for at most a week!

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    1. Yes, we were very fortunate to be able to stay for so long. It was a nice mixture of visiting family and seeing different parts of Germany.

      I used to ALWAYS pack way too much! This was the first trip where I have worn almost everything...

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  13. I've only visited Germany (and the rest of Europe) in the winter (cheaper flights), so my packing needs were waaaay different. Loved seeing all the photos, though - I'm a travel nut!

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    1. Yes, much cheaper flights in winter! And, yes, packing for winter weather is challenging in a different way!

      Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  14. Great outfit choices! I really love those Marimekko pants! Thanks for linking up with me On the Edge of the Week. I hope to see you again next week. Have a fabulous weekend!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    1. Thanks, Shelbee! I love the Marimekko pants - so glad I decided to get them (I had been on the fence).

      Have a wonderful weekend, too!

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  15. Your photos are beautiful! I would love to visit Germany one day! You did great with your packing for the unpredictable weather! That giant pretzel looks so good!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I can't really digest gluten, so I only had little bites here and there. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their pretzels though!

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  16. Sounds like you had a well-thought out packing strategy. I always love it when I've worn nearly everything I've packed! It is always hard to pack for a place like Germany that has such varying weather. My packing strategy varies on trips. Sometimes we know exactly what we're doing every day and I put together outfits before I go, take a quick picture of them with my phone so I don't forget and even write down which day I want to wear them. Then, I don't even have to think about what I'm going to wear when I wake up. Other times, I just throw some of my favorite pieces in a suitcase and hope for the best! Comfortable and supportive shoes are always a must though no matter what else I bring! Really happy to hear you had a nice 3 weeks in Germany. I loved reading about where you visited.

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    1. I remember your strategy of taking a photo of each outfit - I think that's a fabulous idea and would work so well for a shorter trip (with predictable weather)!

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  17. Very neat-a capsule wardrobe to travel and three weeks is such a long time. My favorite is the Palazzo pants. You backgrounds are beautiful. This was a fun post to read.

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    1. Thanks, Teresa! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! I had fun writing it! :-)

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  18. You always look awesome…fabulous style and great packing tips!!!

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  19. Great travel picks! I wear my Gizehs all over too!

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    1. Thanks, Kristin! It's funny because I never thought of myself as a "Birkenstock girl," but I truly love them. I have them in black, white, and metallic, and once I'm used to them (they always give me a blister between my first and second toe after not wearing them for awhile), they are so comfortable, and I love the look.

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  20. Looks like you packed some great pieces that can be mixed and matched.


    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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    1. Thanks, Alice. Yes, everything worked really well together!

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  21. Love your outfits in all your photos. I had to go out and purchase a new umbrella before going to Haven, but I'm so glad I did because I did have to use it! I've never been to Europe, but hope to get to a few countries over there someday.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Nothing more important than an functioning umbrella in rainy weather! I hope you'll get to visit Europe some day!

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  22. You put a lot of thought into your vacation wardrobe and it looks like it paid off. With convenience of being able to do laundry, you can get away with less but not be stuck with wearing dirty clothes so that's a plus. You were smart to make sure that your could layer your clothes to accommodate for cooler days. Thanks for adding your post to my Fine-Whatever link up.

    Rena
    www.finewhateverblog.com

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    1. Yes, being able to do laundry was a big plus! I also worked REALLY hard at not over-packing (like I usually do)... :-)

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  23. Your pictures look awesome!! It looks like you all had a wonderful time!! I've never been to Germany but it looks beautiful. It sounds like you packed very well for your trip. I always over pack but I always like to make sure I have enough clothes than not. :)

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    1. Thanks, Keri! It's hard not to over pack because we always want to be prepared, right?! Sticking to a color palette and trying out everything before the trip definitely helped a lot as I knew exactly what would work...

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  24. I have been really impressed with your entire wardrobe and how it worked together. I need to work a bit more on mine and bring in some more pieces for accents. Those palazzo pants are my favorites. They are so colorful and look so good on you. I love the pieces that you bought also. I like to try and work a wardrobe together when we travel, but I've never tried one together as well as you have.

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    1. I'm so glad I got the palazzo pants! They definitely bring some fun into my wardrobe, and they work with my black and blue tops.

      This trip really confirmed that planning (and trying out all the outfits at home - basically living in your travel wardrobe for several weeks) is worth it!

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  25. Such fun pics of a great trip! So true, Germany can be really unpredictable in the Summer weather-wise. So great you guys got to enjoy so much history! I think you packed the right things for this trip - including the Birkenstocks! :)

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    1. Thanks, Ilka! Yes, the weather is definitely a challenge, but with lots of planning it all worked out! :-)

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