EUROPE: what to wear in March

Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:07 AM
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EUROPE: what to wear in March

I am going to Europe March 5-20 (Belgium, Switzerland, France). For those who are going to Europe this time of the year, what type of coat are you taking: rain coat or a warm winter coat.

It may be a silly question, but I am not sure what to take. It looks like it rains a lot this time of the year but it can also be freezing cold. After checking the weather, it is averaging 35-40 F and rain...

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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:21 AM
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Try for something both warm AND dry? OR go for warm and take a brollie. Or go for a raincoat but wear warm layers under it...
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:24 AM
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Layer, layer, layer. It could be gorgeous and in the 60s, or snowing/raining and below freezing. Be prepared for all of it, and be prepared for it to change rapidly.
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:42 AM
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March is an unpredictable month. Definitely layers, umbrella, hat, scarf and gloves. It could be spring-like, or it could be cold and damp.
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How much time are you actually planning to spend OUTdoors on this trip?
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 06:48 AM
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Thank you for the follow-up.
I dont quite know how much time I will end up spending outsie. This is my first trip, and I would like to see as much as possible. Since Europe is less easily traveled by car, I would think I would have to do a lot of walking and taking trains...

So layers it is
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Old Feb 23rd, 2006, 10:44 AM
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I don;t know why you think europe is les easily traveled by car - doing it by car is perfectly simple - there are good roads everywhere. You may prefer another option - but they do have a complete road system and dozens of companies renting cars.

Also - you don;t mention why you're going to Switzerland - since March is still skiing season - obviously if you're going into the mountains you'll need winter clothing. If you're sticking to the lowlands and the cities - layering may be enough.
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I was in Paris and Rome about mid to late March last year. The first day it rained and was cold and the rest of the trip was sunny warm and I never wore my raincoat again. Layers is the way to go for sure.
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