Updated on February 6, 2020 by Asher Fergusson
What should I bring on my Prague trip?
With so much to explore, it’s no wonder Prague is a top European destination. But before you book your tickets, take a look at this handy ‘Czech’ list of what to pack, as well as what to wear in Prague, what NOT to bring, and other FAQs.
What to Pack for Prague – 17 Essentials
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10) Virtual Private Network (VPN) – Protect your passwords and personal information, such as your credit card number, by using a Virtual Private Network, or VPN. This one is affordable and reliable and will keep your network secure if you’re using the WiFi at a cafe, hotel, airport, or Airbnb, where you are more susceptible to hackers. A VPN is also useful if you plan to visit websites from home that may not typically be accessible abroad.
Don’t forget these other items for a Prague vacation:
Quick Dry Towel
Jet Lag Relief
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Steripod Toothbrush Cover
Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes
Razor Women’s and Men’s
ATM and Credit Cards With No International Fees
Travel Neck Pillow
Hard Copies of Vital Documents
Small Change Purse
Travel Hair Dryer
TSA Approved Travel Size Bottles
Over the Counter Medications
Deodorant: Women’s and Men’s
What to wear in Prague
Women’s fashion in the Czech Republic is generally fairly casual and sporty, adaptable to the season. However, in the Bohemian capital of Prague, you’re likely to encounter a more fashionable crowd.
Women tend to favor muted colors, but don’t be afraid to experiment with colorful accessories. The city’s many vintage, folkloric, and even contemporary boutiques are stocked with scarves in traditional Central European floral print and jewelry with colorful beads. Or make like many Czech women do, and pair a neutral outfit with a bold lipstick.
If you’re hitting the town on a Friday night, be sure to dress smart. Sneakers and loose jeans will make you stand out as a tourist. In cooler weather, be sure to layer your dresses with an elegant sweater or jacket and tights. In the summer, sundresses and sandals are your best bet.
For men, a pair of fitted jeans with a blazer and nice shoes will ensure your entry into most of the trendier restaurants and clubs in Prague. With neutral colors welcomed for men and women alike, you will want to look smart when you head out for the evening in the city. In the winter, a casual outfit is easily dressed up by a nice jacket or scarf.
In the summer, a linen shirt or blazer goes a long way to keep you warm on a cool night while keeping you cool during the hot days.
Plaid and military print are print among the punk and ‘tramp’ subcultures, as well. So if you’re looking for comfort and warmth, a hunter plaid or olive green tee shirt may help you blend in.
Prague does not experience the temperamental fluctuations you might find in other destinations, but it’s always good to be prepared. Summer is peak season for tourism in Prague, so if you’re not a crowd-dweller, here’s a handy guide to every season for year-round visiting:
SPRING – March, April, May:
March is the coldest of the spring months with the average temperature around 48°F (9°C). Typically visitors begin to flock to Prague starting in April, which is a bit warmer. May is the most pleasant spring month, with an average temperature of about 57°F (14°C), and is the ideal time to visit, as it isn’t too hot or too crowded with tourists.
SUMMER – June, July, August:
July is one of the warmest months of the year with average temperatures between 63°F (17°C) and 72°F (22°C) during the day. At night, temperatures drop to about 55°F (13°C) to 57°F (14°C), so that light jacket you packed will definitely come in handy! Summer days are long too, offering about 16 hours of sunshine, with few clouds and sporadic rain showers. There are frequent rainy days in summer, about 50% of days seeing some precipitation.
FALL – September, October, November:
Fall in Prague is similar to spring in that you can expect moderate temperatures and a fair amount of sunshine. Still, as the days get shorter and shorter you will want to be prepared to layer. With relatively little sunlight, temperatures will feel cooler than normal – and the nights can get very cold indeed. However, it won’t be as rainy as it is during spring and summer.
WINTER – December, January, February:
Expect Prague winters to be mostly cold and gray. Average temperatures hover from 39°F (4°C) to 46°F (8°C) during the day, dropping below freezing at night. The grey weather and moderate humidity make the days cold, and frequent precipitation keeps some ice on the ground most mornings. If you plan to visit Prague in the winter, be sure to pack plenty of warm clothes for layering and a good winter coat!
Nightlife – Prague’s nightlife scene is nothing short of exciting. If you plan to visit higher-end restaurants, bars, and nightclubs, make sure to dress smart and avoid particularly baggy or loose-fitting clothing. Men may not be allotted entry into trendier places with shorts or sneakers, so be sure to dress accordingly!
Exploring the City – The Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, and Charles Bridge, are just some of the amazing things to explore in Prague. Climb to the top of one of the city’s towers to see a stunning view of the Gothic cathedral against a backdrop of colorful buildings and red rooftops. Exploring the city center, you will find Soviet style ‘milk bars’, greasy spoons serving food from the bygone communist era; alternative and funky cafes; an interactive Franz Kafka museum; and plenty of hearty food. Cross the Charles Bridge to get a view of the newer part of the city, or climb a steep hill to visit the Prague Castle. Be sure to dress for the season, and stick with muted colors to fit in with the locals.
Off the Beaten Path – Feeling adventurous? Head just outside of town to Sedlec, where you can visit the Ossuary – a medieval church decorated with the skulls and bones of over 40,000 people. There’s no dress code per se, though dressing conservatively is always recommended when visiting a holy site.
Hiking – In Prague, nature lovers need not fret. The forested hills and the Vlatava River offer plenty of opportunities to grab a beer outside or take a hike in the woods. Be sure to dress for the season and remember, layering is key!
What NOT to bring to Prague:
2) DON’T BRING stiletto heels – Prague’s city center is known for cobblestoned streets, and the route to the historic Prague Castle is a trek up a very steep hill. You’ll want to stick to comfortable footwear at all times for this trip. Limit your suitcase to sneakers, flats, and shoes with a sturdy sole and heel.
3) DON’T TAKE mini skirts and loud prints – Unless it’s peak summertime, you may find Prague to be too cold for bold summer wear. Stick with pieces you can easily layer during any season of the year, and natural colors to blend in with stylish Czech locals.
4) DON’T PACK a bathing suit – The Czech Republic is a landlocked country. Unless you are planning a trip to a lake or spending time at a hotel pool, you’ll want to leave your bathing suit at home.
6) DON’T TAKE a hairdryer – You’ll have a hard time converting the voltage of your blowdryer to continental European plugs – even with an electric converter. Most hotels and hostels will offer a complimentary blow dryer during your stay, so make sure to call the front desk and ask for a hair dryer to be sent up to your room.
7) DON’T PACK anything not on your packing list – Leave a little room to purchase some unique souvenirs in Prague. Things like cosmetics and accessories can easily be found in Prague’s supermarkets and tourist kiosks. What’s more, with cute Bohemian-style boutiques and jewelry shops scattered across the city, you’ll want to fill up your suitcase with fun accessories and souvenirs to bring back home with you instead.
FAQs about traveling in Prague
1. Do they speak English in Prague?
Though the official language of the Czech Republic is Czech, most people in Prague will speak at least some level of English. If you head out to the countryside you may experience fewer people with a knowledge of English, but if you stick to the city you’ll be in good shape.
2. What type of food do they eat in Prague?
As in much of Eastern Europe, Prague is known for its heavy, hearty cuisine, including rich potato soups and stews, dumplings, meats, and cheeses. Perhaps the most iconic delicacy to taste in Prague is the traditional Trdelník, a warm, sweet pastry coated with sugar or cinnamon, which you will see locals and tourists enjoying throughout the city. And of course, don’t forget to sample the beer in Prague, which is infamous in this part of Europe.
3. Is the tap water safe to drink in Prague?
Yes, it is safe to drink the tap water in Prague and in other large cities throughout the Czech Republic. However, be wary of drinking from the tap in more rural areas of the country; in these places it is better to opt for bottled water.
4. What currency is used in Prague?
The Czech Republic has famously stayed away from using the Euro, though it is part of the European Union. The best way to prepare is to convert your local currency to Czech Crowns (CZK) before you arrive in Prague, so you can find the best exchange rate available. You’ll find you can use your credit card in many places in Prague, but in smaller shops, restaurants, and in local markets, cash is king – so come prepared.
5. Is Prague safe?
Prague is considered to be a relatively safe city. As is the case when traveling anywhere, it’s best to be vigilant of your surroundings and take caution when walking around after dark. You aren’t likely to experience much crime while in Prague, but do beware of pickpockets, particularly in highly touristic areas such as Wenceslas Square.
6. Do I need to tip in restaurants in Prague?
Tipping around 10-15% is typically expected at restaurants in Prague. However, before you tip, be sure to check if a service charge was added to your bill, in which case you do not need to leave a tip. It is unnecessary to tip taxi drivers in Prague, though it is customary to round up to the nearest 10.
7. What’s the best way to get around Prague?
Prague is incredibly walkable, and walking is surely the cheapest and most scenic way to see the city. There is also a comprehensive bus, tram, and metro network for which one ticket is valid for all. Taxis are also available throughout the city, though this is the more expensive option.