What to wear in Stockholm this spring

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Stockholm is a great destination for a family holiday. There are plenty of savvy ways to keep your costs down on a holiday in Stockholm, but how can you make sure your preparation for the family holiday is a quick and painless process?

We take the thinking out of your packing with this quick and easy guide to what to pack for a holiday to Stockholm this spring.

Clothes in Stockholm

The key is to keep your clothes fashionable, low-key and practical.

Swedish people – both men and women – are fashionable and have an effortless style about them. They prefer natural fabrics like wool and cotton to synthetics. Go for smart casual dress in muted or dark colours rather than loud or glitzy clothes.

If you’re travelling this spring it’s worth bearing in mind that although it is warming up in Sweden now, it is still cooler than here, dropping to -4C at night and with a daytime high of around 9C. So a warm coat is definitely necessary.

However you can expect to enjoy some sunny days so be sure to pack your sunglasses … And your brolly – just as we are used to here in the UK it can rain at anytime of year in Stockholm!

Dressing in layers will also help you cope with the changeable weather. As with most of Europe, jeans are very popular there in every style and they’re great for this time of year.

Stockholm is a great city to experience on foot, which means your shoes need to be comfortable, so make sure you pack flat or low-heeled shoes.

If your trip includes visiting the theatre or smarter restaurants, a jacket and tie are expected for men.

For mums & daughters

  • 1 pair jeans
  • 2 pairs trousers
  • 1 skirt
  • 1 dress; make it versatile, something you can wear sightseeing, but also dress up to dine out in the evenings
  • 3 plain tops; one in each of your three favourite colours. Cashmere and wool work well for this season
  • 1 evening top; choose something in your strongest colour
  • 1 smart cardigan or unstructured jacket
  • 1 fleece or warm jumper
  • 1 pair comfy flat shoes or boots
  • 1 pair of smarter shoes for the evening
  • A warm coat
  • Swimwear if your hotel has a pool
  • A large day bag with plenty of room for all your day trip essentials
  • A simple clutch bag for evenings, or a travel wallet than can double up as a clutch bag
  • Belt ­
  • 2 casual tops; perhaps a shirt in your favourite colour would tie in well here. Check that the colours of your trousers, skirt and dress coordinate
  • Pashmina; take a colourful wrap on to the plane to keep you warm, and then wear it in the evenings
  • Accessories; these will transform even the simplest outfit
  • Sunglasses
  • Umbrella

For dads & sons

  • Jeans
  • 3 pairs trousers
  • 1 jumper
  • 1 fleece
  • 4 casual shirts for the daytime
  • 2 smarter shirts for the evenings
  • 1 jacket
  • 1 tie ( for dad)
  • 1 pair comfortable walking shoes
  • 1 pair smarter shoes for evenings
  • Swimwear if your hotel has a pool
  • Sunglasses
  • Belt
  • A warm waterproof jacket

Helen Hutchings heads up WhatToWearOnHoliday.com which aims to help take the stress out of what to pack for holidays. It includes packing guides and tips on how to pack less but wear more, how to save money and be appropriately dressed wherever in the world you go!