Planning a trip to the Baltic countries? Say no more, we have 5 tips for you to enjoy your stay in this wonderful part of Europe!
5 – Check the weather!
It might sound a bit too obvious to most travelers out there, but pay attention to the weather forecast –hour by hour! Before packing, while packing, once you land there but first and foremost throughout your stay: the Baltic countries are quite well-known for their instant showers in summertime, for instance. It’s not so rare to end up completely wet after thinking “oh, I’ll have time to reach the café/restaurant/hostel before it starts raining”. You might not be traveling anywhere near the tropics, but the weather tend to be a bit unpredictable and variable.
Going through sunny weather, then a huge storm, then sunny weather again on your way to a town 50km away is absolutely normal –at least for the Baltics.
In winter, be aware that temperatures can drop to -30°C (-22°F) while in summer, it usually stays not too warm and not too cold between 20-25°C (68-77°F). You may have some days with 30°C (86°F) of course, but such temperatures bring even more uncertainty and capricious storms.
4 – Winter? Don’t forget to be seen!
Wearing flashy colours and reflective accessories is not just a weird fashion trend in the Baltic countries: in Estonia for instance, you might get fined if you don’t wear such clothes at night! And well, you might want to consider this additional rule while packing, since night starts around 3-4pm local time and starts around 10am local time in winter…
But here is an insider tip: you should find reflective accessories with cute designs in airports and in a few other shops once you arrive to your destination. You can see an example on the picture below.
3 – Summer? Prepare for battle!
Against mosquitos, not human beings, just to be very clear. Baltic people are amazingly nice, but Baltic mosquitos are incredibly annoying… and come in unlimited numbers and large size. Sometimes you actually feel their bites, it feels a bit like a vaccine. So unless you love getting 20 vaccinations per day, read the following tips.
Lemongrass essential oil is a good idea, but maybe you would like to wear a different fragrance sometimes. Same goes with peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil (this one causing allergies as well, you might want to find another solution) and other essential oils that prevent mosquitos from getting too close to your skin.
The traditional sprays against mosquitos bring a bunch of toxic products that you might not feel comfortable covering your skin with… but at least they work a bit better. The smell is once again another inconvenience.
Here is another solution that does not work 100% of the time but if used properly, it works around 90% of the time (even with the infamous tiger mosquito). “Ledum Palustre“. You will find it quite easily since it’s homeopathy. Taken on a regular basis one week before your trip and during your trip, it changes a little bit the scent that mosquitos perceive from your skin and they don’t get near you anymore. Natural, no scent, just a little bit expensive maybe… but definitely worth it! Continue reading