When preparing a trip abroad, it is essential to know what to pack. Depending on when you decide to travel or what kind of traveler you are, you will need to bring different clothes with you.
Packing for Slovenia is easy. You need to pack clothes for outdoor activities, warm for the winter because it snows, and light for summer because it can be relatively hot. Do not forget to take a sweater for hikes in the mountains, as well as hiking boots and, of course, a swimsuit to swim in the sea, lakes, rivers, or thermal baths.
If you are still not sure if you should take your coat or your bathing suit, if you need an electrical adaptor and a tent, or if you do not know which shoes fit Slovenia the best, we are here to help you. Let’s take a look at what you should pack.
What Is The Weather Like in Slovenia?
In Slovenia, the sunnier period is between June and September, when temperatures are daily above 72°F (22°C). The average will be of temperatures below 47°F (8°C) from November to March.
Temperatures change radically throughout the year. In August in Ljubljana, on the hottest day of the year, the average high is about 81°F (27°C), and the average low around 59°F (15°C). In January, on the coldest day of the year, the average high is 38°F (3°C), and the average low is 26°F (-3°C).
Winters in Slovenia are pretty cold, but the weather is not excessive, about 23°F (-5°C). From November to March, you will probably see snow falling over most of the country, especially at the end of December and January. During winter, there is a fearful wind called Bora, which makes the temperature drop radically. This wind influences Slovenia’s weather in April.
Throughout Spring, Slovenia’s temperatures keep increasing from the crisp and refreshing winter towards a warm and sunny summer. Visiting the country around May is ideal for you if you do not appreciate too much sun or a snowy vacation. It is excellent weather if you are a museum lover or a hiker.
During Summer, you will find great weather for your vacations, especially on the Adriatic Coast. The temperatures get above 77°F (25°C) for sure every day on the coast. The average high temperature is 84°F (28,8°C), and the average low is 63°F (17°C) in August. The water temperature in Summer is, on average, between 68°F (20°C) and 81°F (27,5°F).
October is the rainiest month in Slovenia, with a constant precipitation rate, around 29% throughout the month. However, humidity stays comfortable. In October in Ljubljana, higher temperatures on the average range from 65°F (18,3°C) to 54°F (12,2°C), and low temperatures range from 48°F (8,8°C) to 39°F (3,8°C).
What Clothes To Bring?
Packing the right clothes is the most important thing to enjoy your trip. It is necessary to prepare your trip beforehand to avoid wearing a t-shirt and shorts when snowing or a raincoat in the middle of august.
If you prefer to travel in winter, you will need relatively warm clothes. If you plan to go in the higher Alpine regions in the North, take with you medium-weight clothing and heavy overcoats.
For the country’s interior part, simple warm clothes like sweaters, jackets, scarfs, gloves, and an umbrella are recommended. You can also buy warm artisanal and traditional clothes if you come by the Christmas Market in Ljubljana open the entire month of December.
We would not advise visiting the coast during winter because you will not be able to bathe. You can still admire the landscape if it is not too cloudy, but you should pack rain clothes and warm clothes because you might get followed by the wind Bora.
If you are more of a lizard and live traveling when it is sunnier, you will also like Slovenia and enjoy packing a lot lighter.
For a trip in the higher Alpine regions in the North, take lightweight clothing and raincoats. It might still rain in the mountains.
If you are going to Ljubljana or the country’s interior, take light clothes such as T-shirts and shorts. Do not forget to take a few long pants and sweaters for the evenings, and an umbrella if it rains (there often are rainstorms when it is really hot).
Summer on the coast will be warm or even very warm. Pack very light, and take a bathing suit to dive into the Adriatic sea. Landscapes in Piran, Portoroz, Koper, Izola, and other cities on the coast are worth viewing, especially in the summer when you will see Croatia, Italy, and the Alps worldwide.
What Shoes To Bring?
Slovenia is a country to go outdoors. If you love hiking, it is a country made for you. The most important thing is not to forget your walking shoes.
If you do not have high-quality hiking boots, do not worry. Simple ones will be enough, except if you plan on doing more significant hikes in the Triglav or hut to hut hike trails.
For a regular trip to Slovenia, we advise you to bring regular hiking or walking shoes, a pair of city shoes. If you are traveling in summer and if you want to bathe, you can also get swimming shoes because there are almost no sand beaches in Slovenia.
If you are coming in winter, do not forget that Slovenia is a snowy country, so you may need shoes to survive the snow.
Should I Bring An Electrical Adaptor?
In Slovenia, the two types of plugs used are Type C and Type F. Plug type C has two round pins, and Plug type F has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Slovenia operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
The plug type C is used everywhere in Europe, except for the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, and Malta. Check the full list of countries using this type of plug here. The plug type F is used in countries such as Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, and Spain. Check the full list of countries using this type of plug here.
Should I Bring Camping Material?
Slovenia is a beautiful country with sceneries right out of a fairytale. You will necessarily enjoy being outdoors when traveling in Slovenia. This is why camping can be a great way to stay and visit the entire Slovene territory.
Accommodation in Slovenia is the central part of your budget. Generally, camping in Ljubljana for two will cost between € 18,00 and € 20,00 (+ € 3,50 to € 5,00 for electricity). Camping for two people in the rest of Slovenia will be cheaper, between € 6,00 and € 15,00 (+ € 3,00 for electricity).
Having camping material can be the perfect way to often move across the country, stay close to nature, and travel with children. However, if you do not have camping material, you can find many other accommodations in Slovenia. Here are prices ideas:
Five stars hotel in Ljubljana: 130,00 € to 240,00 €
Three stars hotel on the Adriatic Coast and other popular destinations: 70,00 €
Two to three stars hotel in less touristic destinations: 50,00 €
Room at a guest house (sobe): 15,00 € – 20,00 €
Private apartment: 40,00 € – 60,00 €
Hostel (dijaški dom, študenski dom): 10,00 € – 25,00 €
Do not forget that in Slovenia, there is a tourist tax to pay. It is 3,13 € per person and per night, even in hostels or renting an Airbnb.
Should I Bring My Bicycle?
Slovenia is a beautiful country for bike lovers. It is simple: you can bike everywhere, from the capital full of bike paths to the countryside to bike in family and the mountains for beautiful bike hikes.
If you have a bike and a possibility to bring it, go for it! If you cannot travel by bike or do not own one, do not worry. There are many possibilities to rent a city bike and a mountain bike all over Slovenia.
In Ljubljana, for example, you can rent city bikes at the Tourist Office. You can also rent Ljubljana’s bikes. Once you’ve acquired your Urbana Card for transport (the card costs € 2,00), you can buy an annual subscription for city bikes for € 3,00. The city bikes are called BicikeLJ, and the first hour of biking every day is free. Here are the prices:
free for the first hour
€1.00 for the second hour
€2.00 for the third hour
€4.00 for each additional hour
Ready to Go!
Now you are finally ready for packing. You know what to take for the perfect holiday in Slovenia, from a winter coat for the Alps and a lovely ski holiday to a swimming suit and flip flops to sunbathe in Piran in August. The only thing left for you to do is book activities and tours to discover Slovenia from A to Z.
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