Swiss Alps, Switzerland: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

When to go to Swiss Alps, Switzerland

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

What to wear/what to pack for Swiss Alps, Switzerland by month

January

January in Swiss Alps is frosty. Temperatures average in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

Traveling to Swiss Alps in February, you will notice that it is freezing. Expect it to rain or snow about a third of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

March here can be extremely cold. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost nearly every day this month. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Waterproof coat
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy socks
  • Heavy jacket
  • Gloves or mittens

April

April in Swiss Alps is brisk. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost about two thirds of the time. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket

May

Traveling to Swiss Alps in May, you will notice that it can be very chilly. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 40s F (single digits C). There is frost occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June here can be chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you are traveling to Swiss Alps in July, you will notice that it is crisp. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

August in Swiss Alps is relatively cool. Temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

September in this region can be chilly. Temperatures average in the high 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in this region is pretty cool. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher.

There is frost 5-10 days this month. It rains or snows a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Swiss Alps is cold. Temperatures average in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C), with daytime temperatures significantly higher. There is frost most days. It rains or snows 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Cold weather footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Heavy jacket
  • Sweaters
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots

December

If you are traveling to Swiss Alps in December, you will notice that it is frosty. Expect it to rain or snow about a third of the time.

Average temperatures (including nighttime) are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). There is frost almost every day of the month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Swiss Alps, Switzerland

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

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C and J
  • A SIM card that works in Swiss Alps

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