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What to Wear in Russia in Winter
Travel Fashion Help!
I’m heading to Russia this winter and could really do with some advice on what to pack for my trip. I’ll be there for two weeks visiting the main tourist areas like Moscow and St Petersburg and would like to pack carry-on only. Any suggestions on what to wear in Russia in winter?
Winter in Russia tends to run from December to February and can make you feel like you’re in a snow-covered fairytale. The weather is generally cold and wet, and the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg are likely to be covered in snow.
The temperatures in these areas can drop down to 14°F, and St. Petersburg can be considerably colder than Moscow, so you need to be ready for changing weather conditions.
These tips will help you pack for cold weather in a carry-on despite the weather.
Some winters in Russia can be extreme–the temperature can fall to -22°F, so it’s worth checking the weather for each location before you go to see what the average temperatures will be.
Be prepared to wrap up warmly throughout this time of year and use plenty of layers to help you adjust to the changing weather.
Read this to learn exactly how to stay warm in cold weather!
To battle the wet weather, pack a raincoat that is big enough to allow you to wear layers underneath. Look for something that works double-duty such as a waterproof down jacket.
Wool and alpaca are great materials to pack for a winter in Russia; they don’t freeze when wet are are great in snowy environments. Read more about the best fabrics for travel in cold weather.
If you like wearing dresses, then opt for ones made with merino wool. We absolutely love Ibex dresses!
I practically wore this merino wool dress every single day in Paris!
Pack some wooly tights to keep your legs nice and warm. Don’t be afraid to double up on tights, too. You can use this trick for any cold weather destination using tights of different thicknesses. Here are some tips on how to layer dresses!
A wool cardigan or hoodie is another way to layer under a raincoat. Use these tips on cold weather layering to choose items that will keep you warm without the bulk. Just because an item’s fabric is thicker it doesn’t mean it will keep you warmer.
Consider packing merino wool thermals like these to wear under your clothes, especially if you’re sensitive to the cold. These will keep you extra warm and barely need to be washed, making them an awesome addition to your travel wardrobe.
These are the warmest thermals!
Pack several scarves as these are ideal for accessorizing and can be used to cover up if you’re planning on doing some church visits (your head will need to be covered when entering churches). Opt for a versatile and fashionable blanket scarf that’s both practical and in trend, too.
Add these stylish winter scarves to your collection!
Winter waterproof snow boots would be optimal for this trip, as they often have a strong grip on the sole and an inner lining to keep you extra toasty. If you’re heading out for dinner and want a dressier look, then pack a pair of leather ankle boots with grip to get you across slippery streets.
Avoid heels and don’t pack cheap shoes as you could easily slip over and the cold temperature could make the shoe soles freeze and split.
Moscow and St. Petersburg can be covered in snow throughout the winter, so you’ll need shoes that are both waterproof and warm. Pair them with warm wool socks to keep your feet from freezing!
Don’t forget to finish off your cold weather wardrobe with hats and gloves. Here are some ideas!
What are your tips on what to wear in Russia in winter?
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