If going on a self-guided tour by public transport we recommend bringing either a suitcase with wheels or a backpack as they are easier to transport. A backpack might be easier for you to transport as it is not as bulky as a suitcase. Each person is responsible for his/her luggage and must be able to lift it onto trains etc.
On our self-guided tours you are responsible for your own luggage. Please be sure to only take as much luggage as you can handle. If booking a guided coach tour you are allowed one piece of luggage per person which will be safely stored under the bus during transport. In addition, you are allowed one carry-on/hand luggage. We recommend checking with your airline if there are any luggage restrictions.
In general, a rather casual look is fine. We recommend comfortable shoes in addition to wind and waterproof jacket. However, in case you wish to do fine dining you might want to bring some elegant clothing as well. Europeans enjoy dressing up when going out for dinner or to bars.
During summer, you should prepare for warm days and bring some shorts and t-shirts as well as your sunglasses and sunscreen. At the same time, it might get a bit chilly in the mountain regions, so it is a good idea also to bring a fleece jacket or similar.
If you are travelling during winter, we recommend dressing in layers, either in woollen or synthetic fabrics. Cotton and jeans are not recommended as it does not transport away perspiration and moisture from the body, thus making you too cold and wet. You should bring a "base layer" (long woollen or thermal underwear, a middle layer (woollen or fleece jacket or jumper) and an outer layer (scarf, hat, woollen socks, gloves, winter jacket). Additional clothing like a down jacket or a thick woollen jumper is useful as an extra garment at very low temperatures. Choose footwear that is somewhat larger than normal to allow space for socks and/or insoles.
For both spring and autumn, be prepared for lovely sunny days but also cold nights and some rain.