Christmas is around the corner which means festive charm is taking over Europe, transforming the continent into a winter wonderland. Christmas markets, a traditional festive fixture, spring up in town squares from Basel to Helsinki, offering an enchanting experience of local culture, delicious food, and exquisite handmade crafts. In order to enjoy this magical time to its fullest, you need to come prepared! Packing for a Christmas market trip involves more than just your usual travel essentials. It’s all about staying warm and cozy as you endure possibly long flights and navigate through the bustling market stalls. Here are some of the best things to pack for your European Christmas markets vacation. Time to pack up, bundle up, and get ready for the trip of a lifetime!
Meet your new bestie for those chilly European market days – fleece-lined leggings! Imagine wrapping yourself in your favorite blanket on a cold day, that’s the kind of comfort we’re talking about. Plus, they’re super stylish and stretchy (hello, holiday treats!). They pair perfectly with boots and an oversized sweater. Your legs will thank you for the extra warmth!
Avoid that dreaded “my charger doesn’t fit the outlets” moment! This travel adapter is here to save the day. It’s small and light, but don’t let that fool you. It’s a lifesaver when it comes to keeping your devices powered up. Whether you’re charging your phone, laptop, or even using your hairdryer, this adapter has your back. It’s not just an adapter, it’s a converter too – talk about a multitasker!
Wool socks are the unsung heroes of winter travel. They’re like a personal heater for your feet, keeping them warm and cozy no matter how cold it gets outside. Plus, they’re durable, so they’ll stick around for many winter adventures to come. And let’s not forget about style – they come in a variety of colors to match any outfit!
Oops! Spilled some mulled wine or mustard from your bratwurst on your sweater? No worries! It happens to all of us. Pop one of these small but mighty tide pens in your purse and quickly clean up any mess so that you can continue to wear the sweater throughout the trip and shamelessly continue to take selfies at every market, stain free!
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Long flights can leave your legs and feet feeling a little puffy and tired. But these aren’t your grandma’s compression socks! They’re designed to stimulate blood flow and reduce swelling, so you’ll step off that plane feeling ready to conquer those Christmas markets. Plus, they come in a variety of fun colors and patterns so you can stay festive as you fly.
A warm cashmere-feeling scarf looks great, protects against the winter chill, and can be used as an extra airplane or train blanket as you travel! You can pack lighter knowing that throwing on a different scarf will Instantly transform outfits you might have already worn so that you can pack lighter and move from city to city with only a carry-on.
One of the most genius travel products for shoppers, this expandable pouch is like having a magical bag that grows as you shop. It starts as a compact cross body bag (aka bum bag, fanny pack, or belt back), perfect for carrying your essentials. But once you start accumulating gifts and souvenirs (and trust me, you will), it expands into a drawstring backpack. It’s like having two bags in one!
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Protect your hands against the cold as you keep your phone accessible in the meantime with these touch screen gloves. These gender-neutral gloves are perfect for everyone and won’t take up a lot of extra space in your suitcase but will absolutely save your hands from the bitter wind as you shop and sip around the markets. We’ve had these for several seasons and they hold up well!
These aren’t just any boots; they’re waterproof, well-cushioned, and not too heavy. They’re perfect for those long days of exploring the markets in the freezing rain, sleet, or snow. Your feet will stay comfy and dry, no matter what the weather throws at you. If you have high arches or plantar fasciitis, these flexible and thick soles make these way more comfortable than other winter boots. Wear them on the plane to save room in your suitcase!
Last but certainly not least, let’s talk about winding down after a day of festive fun. These satin pajamas are like a dream come true. They’re soft, comfortable, and take up minimal room in your suitcase. And the best part? They’re festive! So you can keep the holiday spirit going even when you’re winding down for the night.