Sweden, Sweden: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Sweden, Sweden? If you're planning to go to Sweden, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Sweden, Sweden

Based on the climate and weather in Sweden, the best time to go is July. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Sweden, Sweden by month

January

If you are traveling to Sweden in January, you will notice that it is beyond freezing and very snowy. Expect it to rain once in a while and snow about two thirds of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Neck gaiter
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • High performance gloves
  • Waterproof coat
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Coveralls
  • Waterproof boots
  • Insulated boots
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Thick pajamas
  • Umbrella

February

If you are traveling to Sweden in February, you will notice that it is biting cold and very snowy. Expect it to snow about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thick pajamas
  • Neck gaiter
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • Waterproof coat
  • High performance gloves
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Coveralls
  • Umbrella
  • Insulated boots
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Waterproof boots
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleece for under jacket

March

March for Sweden is very cold and very snowy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about a third of the time and snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots
  • Very heavy socks
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Waterproof coat
  • Insulated boots
  • Umbrella
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Sweaters

April

In April, Sweden is brisk, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Sweden, with several of the days of the month having rain. In April, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Socks
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens

May

In May, Sweden can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) and about a third of the time jump into the 60s F (high 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Sweden, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 50%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Umbrella

June

If you visit Sweden during June, you are likely to find that it can be chilly and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally around 50 during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long skirts
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks

July

July is mild and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Socks

August

If you visit Sweden during August, you are likely to find that it is chilly and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Dresses

September

If you vacation in Sweden during September, you are likely to find that it can be very chilly and very rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 50s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Fleeces

October

In October, Sweden is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) and 5-10 days this month jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Sweden, with more than half of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Umbrella
  • Jacket or coat
  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans

November

November in Sweden is frigid, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

It also snows about half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Gloves or mittens
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof coat
  • Umbrella
  • Heavy socks

December

If you are traveling to Sweden in December, you will notice that it can be dangerously cold and very snowy. Expect it to rain occasionally and snow about two thirds of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Umbrella
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Very heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Insulated boots
  • Fleeces
  • Waterproof boots

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Sweden, Sweden

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sweden, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and F
  • A SIM card that works in Sweden
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • Theft can be a problem, so pack theft protection, including locks for luggage and a money belt or pouch
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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