Traveling around Europe during winter is a special experience. There’s nothing quite like seeing beautiful old cities like Paris, Prague, and Munich blanketed in powdery white snow. However, one really has to prepare in advance to make the most of their European winter trip.
Part of that preparation is deciding what items to pack to keep you warm and well dressed in Europe. Of course, you’ll also want everything on your packing list to be vegan…not always an easy task.
Don’t despair, I’ve traveling throughout (and lived in) Europe for a few winters, and have come up with the perfect winter packing list for vegans traveling to Europe. My suitcase is full of items from some of the best European vegan brands that keep me warm, and well dressed no matter where I am.
Here is my European Winter Packing List
Warm and Cozy Coat from LOVECO
Obviously a warm coat is essential when traveling in Europe during the winter. Unfortunately, finding a vegan winter coat can be a daunting task. Wool, leather accents, and fur collars are everywhere! It’s as if the only way we can stay warm is to cloak ourselves in the skins and coats of other creatures. Gross!
Thankfully, there is a better way. One of my favorite vegan winter wear brands is Hemp Hoodlamb. They design absolutely gorgeous vegan coats that are extremely well made, will last for years, and will keep you warm on the coldest of winter days. You can order these stunning coats online from LOVECO.
Cozy Hoodie from Recolution
I never leave home without a hoodie. For me, it’s an essential travel item for the cold winter days of Europe, and while traveling on overly air-conditioned buses and planes.
My Recolution hoodie is hands down the best hoodie I’ve ever owned. It’s made from high quality, 100% organic cotton, has a super soft and cozy interior, and a nice large hood. I’ve worn it nearly every day since I got it.
Recolution not only has fantastic products, but it’s also a magnificent company to support. Their clothing is fair trade and vegan, and usually made from 100% organic cotton. Their production methods are sustainable, and they focus on eliminating practices that have a negative social and ecological impact.
Dressy Sweater from LOVECO
Another essential piece, the dressy sweater. It will keep you warm all day or night, and ensure that you feel appropriately dressed when wandering around fashion forward cities like Paris, Barcelona, or Milan.
I got my favorite travel sweater from LOVECO, a fantastic European online shop that only carries vegan products and brands! This sweater is one of the softest I’ve ever owned and no animals were harmed to make it. It was love at first touch!
Basic Long Sleeve Shirt from Recolution
Another item I fell in love with instantly is my basic long sleeve shirt from Recolution. The soft cotton loosely hugs my body and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside and out. Plus, the shirt will last for years, and is a great piece to layer or when the weather is slightly warmer out.
Casual Sweater from Blossom Yoga Wear
Not only is this casual light sweater great to wear to yoga classes, it’s also wonderful for when you don’t feel like dressing up, want to spend a cold rainy or snowy day in a local cafe sipping tea, or for active days hiking or exploring the European countryside.
Basic Eco-friendly Dress from JAN ‘N JUNE
One of the easiest ways to dress up your travel wardrobe, without taking up a lot of space in your luggage, is by packing a basic and versatile dress.
This cotton dress by JAN ‘N JUNE, a sustainable, fair and transparent eco fashion label from Hamburg, is an excellent choice. The dress is comfortable, made of heavy organic cotton, and can be worn with colorful tights and boots or sneakers. It’s also reversible, (v-neck on one side and scoop neck on the other), so it’s like having two dresses in one! What more could you ask for in a travel dress?
Black Skinny Jeans
Black skinny jeans are a must have item for your winter packing list. They’re comfortable, will keep your legs warm, can be worn with casual or dressy tops, and go well with most winter shoes.
Skinny jeans aren’t exactly in short supply these days but for a great vegan option check out Mud Jeans. It’s a Dutch brand that makes eco-friendly jeans that don’t have leather labels. They recycle old jeans, upcycle used jeans, and even offer customers the option to lease jeans. You can find out more about Mud Jeans here.
Basic Black Skirt
The basic black skirt is one of my favorite things to pack for all seasons because it’s super versatile, and can be paired with sweaters, long sleeve shirts, and even hoodies.
In the winter you need only throw on a thick pair of tights underneath to keep your legs warm while out and about in Europe.
Of course the basic black skirt can be found in most shops but for an eco-friendly, vegan option try this one from ARMEDANGELS.
Sturdy Vegan Boots from Will’s Vegan Shoes
The Aviator 2’s from Will’s Vegan Shoes are the best pair of boots I’ve ever owned. Not only are they totally vegan, but they’re also extremely sturdy, comfortable, and will keep your feet warm all winter long.
They also have slip-resistant soles that make them perfect for walking around on the cobbled streets of European cities on rainy or snowy winter days.
If you’re looking for the perfect pair of vegan winter boots, look no further than Will’s.
Comfy Walking Shoes from Ethletic
I’ve long been a fan of Converse shoes, until I found out that they aren’t vegan. Yeah, you read that right. Converse are not vegan. They use animal glue. Sorry to burst your bubble. Don’t worry though, there is a much better option for casual walking shoes out there.
Ethletic is a fair-trade, vegan, sustainable shoe company based in Germany. They make a wide range of fantastic casual vegan shoes. My favorite is their Fair Trainer line.
Unlike Converse, there is no need to break these shoes in. They’re super comfortable from the very first day you put them on your feet. They have nice padded insole arch support and slip resistant rubber soles, both of which I’ve been thankful for while walking around on rainy days in Prague.
Colorful Vegan Leather Bag from MumRay
Since Most of my wardrobe consists of darker colors, I love adding a bright and colorful bag to liven things up.
MumRay is a Czech brand with beautiful and sturdy vegan leather and canvas bags. After having mine for over a year, it still looks brand new.
Will’s Vegan Shoes – Vegan Backpack
Will’s Vegan Shoes now makes stunning and sturdy vegan backpacks with vegan leather. These beautiful bags are the one of the best travel accessories you can bring with you on a trip throughout Europe.
The Will’s Vegan Duffle Bag is the perfect size to carry around everything you need when out and about in Europe. A small laptop, camera, lenses, jacket, snacks, water bottle, wallet, and more fits easily in this roomy backpack. I’ve even brought it on flights as my “personal item” and it easily fits in the small compartment under the seat.
Both have served me extremely well and turned me into a loyal Osprey customer.
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Sponsorship Disclaimer: Big thank you to Ethletic, Will’s Vegan Shoes, JAN ‘N JUNE, LOVECO, Blossom Yoga Wear, & Recolution for sending me sample products to review in this article. As always, opinions expressed are completely my own.
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