What to Wear in Hungary

Szeged in January

Szeged in January

Debrecen, in April

Debrecen, in April

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, in May

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, in May

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, in June

Fisherman's Bastion, Budapest, in June

Heroes' Square, Budapest, June

Heroes' Square, Budapest, June

Art Museum, Budapest, June

Art Museum, Budapest, June

Tourists in Budapest, in August

Tourists in Budapest, in August

Budapest, in September

Budapest, in September

Budapest in November

Budapest in November

Debrecen at night, in December

Debrecen at night, in December

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General Style Tips

  • Casual clothes reign supreme - really anything is acceptable to wear here.
  • It is very much a typical European style of dress so casual or smart casual will work well.
  • Jeans are always popular and, teamed with lighter layers for the summer (e.g. camisoles or t-shirt) and warmer ones for the winter (try a long-sleeved top with a sweater), they will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe.
  • Pack your swimwear and flip flops if you plan on visiting the famous thermal baths.

What Shoes To Pack

  • To get around and see as many sites as possible during your trip you're likely to do a good deal of walking so be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes - there are loads of cobbled streets, plus religious sites and museums with wooden floors. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, you will need heels with you, but save them for evening dining or nightclubbing.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • For sightseeing trips casual will work best, but add a smarter outfit (e.g. a smart dress, or pants and shirt) for more formal occasions or restaurants.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit. 
  • And a few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • May, June and November can be really wet so pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella if visiting then.
  • December, January and February are particularly cold, so pack warm layers, a coat, gloves, a warm hat and scarf, and to keep your feet warm pack boots with a water resistant sole. A furry lining or trim will keep you even cosier.
  • It is a dry cold here too so make sure you take good care of your skin with plenty of lip balm and skin lotion.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Hungarian embroidery and hand-painted Herend porcelain are popular buys.

Last updated 31 October 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnHoliday.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.