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

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

When to go to Switzerland, Switzerland

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

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

January

January in this region is freezing. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost almost every day of the month. It rains or snows about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

February

In February, Switzerland is frigid. Temperatures routinely are in the high 30s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Switzerland, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

In March, Switzerland is brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

This is also a rainy time for Switzerland, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost most days.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

In April, Switzerland is brisk. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the low 30s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Switzerland, with several of the days of the month having rain. There is frost about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Switzerland is cool. Temperatures routinely are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the high 30s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Switzerland, with more than half of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

June in Switzerland is relatively cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 50s F (low 10s C) to 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

If you vacation in Switzerland during July, you are likely to find that it is mild. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you vacation in Switzerland during August, you are likely to find that it is mild. 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).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

In September, Switzerland is cool. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range.

At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Switzerland, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

October in Switzerland can be brisk. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the single digits F (10+ below zero C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in this region can be brisk. Temperatures average in the low 40s F (single digits C) during the day. There is frost about two thirds of the time. It rains or snows about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December in Switzerland is very cold. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 20s F (single digits below 0 C), with several days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). There is frost almost every day.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

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

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Switzerland, 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 Switzerland
  • 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

Check out our guides for these other locations: West Sikkim, India, Lopez Island, Washington, United States of America, Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, Canada, Buffalo, Wyoming, United States of America, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States of America, Paonia, Colorado, United States of America, Clarenville, Newfoundland, Canada, Waxahachie, Texas, United States of America, Karachay-Cherkessia, Russia, County Durham, England, United Kingdom, and St.

James, Minnesota, United States of America.