The weather in Belgium in incredibly fickle. It can rain with temperatures around 17°C one day and be sunny and hot the next. That makes knowing what to pack for Belgium and what to wear in Belgium pretty hard. We don't have very clear distinctions between seasons here but of course, temperatures and the chance of rain or snow do vary depending on the time of the year and if you come to Belgium in the fall, you're coming during one of the wettest times of the year.
Today is the official start of fall and if you're planning a trip to Belgium in the following weeks, this is what you should definitely pack.
Belgium outfits: what clothing to pack
When it comes to temperatures, the weather in Belgium in fall is highly unpredictable. Aside from that, there's usually a big difference between temperatures at the beginning of October and temperatures at the beginning of December. That's why it's best to layer so that you can strip and add on as necessary.
Good things to pack are:
- stockings or thin leggings combined with a skirt or dress
- a cardigan, sweater or something else with long sleeves that you can wear over a t-shirt or top
- a t-shirt, top or something with 3/4 sleeves
- a top to wear as a base layer. I'm easily cold so I usually wear a top underneath my t-shirt
- a woollen pull-over or a merino woollen base layer if you're coming in December. Or both, if you're easily cold, like me :-)
- a scarf
While it's not that cold in the beginning of fall, it can sometimes be near the end, so it's smart to bring a pair of merino woolen socks aside from your regular socks.
There's no need for long underwear or a woolen bra (does that even exist?), though :-)
When choosing what jacket you'll bring, it's again important to take into account when in fall you're traveling to Belgium. If you're traveling in October, a lighter (rain) jacket will do, but you're traveling late November – early December, I highly suggest bringing a proper winter coat.
Although it does freeze sometimes in Belgium, it's usually during the night and not during the day. We also very rarely get snow before the end of the year and when we do, it usually immediately melts.
Except maybe in summer (and even then), you should always bring a pair of shoes that can take some rain. I'm not saying you should bring waterproof hiking boots, but espadrilles won't cut it. A decent leather shoe or sneaker (my favorite travel shoe) is your best option.
If you easily have cold feet, like me, bring a pair of decent boots when you're traveling late in fall or a pair of sneakers with some fur inside. These won't be necessary beginning of fall as temperatures can still be around 17-20°C end of September – beginning of October.
Some other things that might be useful packing specifically for a trip to Belgium in fall are:
- a travel umbrella
- a K-way
- coughing tablets or syrup – you never know
- a hat or cap
- a travel hair dryer
- gloves if you're coming end of fall
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Stephanie / Tourist Exclusive says
Very good list! You never know in Belgium and you better pack some layers than having cold. I need to remember to buy a coat for in Boston in December!
Oh brrrrrr, I’d love to go to Boston but not in winter! :D
I’m going Belgium this week and this really helped me! Thanks from England.
Yaay! Hope you have a good time over here :)
We are going to Belgium in September. I am thankful to know what to pack for our trip.
Hope you have a great trip!
Terry Cassidy says
I am off to Belgium for motor racing end of August how hot will it be,
And also what are the sights to visit while there’re for 3 days.
Hey Terry, I suggest you look up the weather report before you start packing. Belgium has fickle weather :)
What places to visit depends a bit on where you’re staying and how much time you’ll have during those three days. I can’t give any specific tips without knowing more.
Alex Bailey says
I need something soft but not thick because im allergic to fuzzy stuff. What would you recomend?
Thank you sooooo much. I..m leaving for Belgium on Monday, Sept 16th, and had no idea what to pack due to the weather. Your suggestions were very helpful. I too am cold most times, so I will be more prepared now, thanks to this information.
Happy to help, Ayo!
The weather is nice here at the moment but it can change so quickly. 4 days ago it was 15°C and raining. Yesterday it was 23°C with blue skies.
That’s Belgium for ya :-)
Most useful. Thanks Sophie.
Susan Boyer says
I’m going to Belgium around the end of January. Are theses clothes good for that time frame? My son lives in Amsterdam & he tells me the weather is different there also. Thank you so much for the info, it is very helpful.
January is the heart of winter in Belgium and so you’ll need proper winter clothes, although the winters do seem to get milder every year.
Make sure to bring a long, warm, waterproof jacket, warm shoes, and layers. I’m easily cold and tend to wear a baselayer, a long-sleeve shirt, and a warm pull-over.
It doesn’t snow very often but it does rain quite a bit.
The weather in Belgium in general is very similar to that in Amsterdam. Amsterdam just tends to be a bit chillier because of the wind as it’s by the water.
Hope that helps!
Traveling to Belgjim In November. What clothes do I bring? Thanksgiving week.