For my upcoming (and first-ever) trip to Bavaria a.k.a. the southern region Germany, I wanted to combine some of the cold weather staples I already own with a few new essentials in order to a) look sort of fashionable; b) not freeze my behind; and c) avoid splurging on clothing I would likely never use again.
As a longtime Floridian, I don’t own a lot of cold-weather clothing since our winter lasts approximately two days (but really though). Fortunately, since I traveled to New York City this March, I stocked up on new coats, scarves (courtesy: my sister’s crocheting skills), thermals and such, which I’ll definitely be putting to use in Germany. Check out the weather forecast for the first half of my trip:
I don’t really consider myself too fashionably inclined – I prefer being in T-shirts and jeans – so I knew I needed to round up some support to achieve my outfit goals. I teamed up with my longtime friend and fashion blogger Sherly of SherlyintheCity.com to analyze what pieces I could incorporate into my travel wear and identify a few needs that I had to purchase to complete my looks. My Germany trip is eight days long, including almost an entire day of travel time, and my itinerary includes hiking, touring, driving, relaxing etc., so I need to pack outfits that are comfortable and warm. Did I mention I’m a Floridian?
With Sherly’s guidance and a giant inspiration board on Pinterest, I put together these five outfits. I’ll indicate what I already owned and what I purchased in the image captions below!
How’d I do? I’m trying to do my best and pack “lightly,” which is why I repeated some pieces. I’ll keep working on these before finally packing my suitcase (probably at the last minute) and will show you what I actually wore once in Germany!
If you know me even a little bit, you more than likely know that I secretly like to frivolously worry about the simplest things – usually things I can’t control – so even after all the time I spent planning these outfits, I was still feeling a bit insecure in terms of dressing appropriately for Autumn in Bavaria. Thankfully, I got to know a new friend and fellow blogger while in the running for the #Come2Germany contest who just happens to live in the southern region of the country. Melissa over at Milligfunk.com was kind enough to help reassure me by sampling a couple of everyday autumn outfits – not to mention showing off some of Germany’s beautiful landscapes!
Now that I’m (sort of) done freaking out about what to wear, I’m focusing on compiling the travel essentials I’ll need while in Germany. Here’s my current list:
- Touchscreen gloves (because priorities)
- Rain/Snow Boots
- Layers for days
- Walking/Hiking Shoes
- Coin Purse
- Converter/Adapter + Power strip!
- Hat – still hunting for this one
- Portable Charger (because, again, priorities)
- Chargers for phone, camera, etc.
- Wool Socks
- Ear Plugs (for sleeping on the plane)
- Eye Mask (also for sleeping on the plane)
- A Great Book
Let’s just hope I didn’t forget anything! What would you add to your list?