Geneva What to Pack
Geneva is a very modern and international city, so if you do forget something in your packing, you won’t have any trouble finding a replacement.
Switzerland is essentially sportswear country, but Geneva is more formal. People living in the city dress well, so be sure to bring smart and fashionable clothing if you want to blend it. Men would be wise to include a jacket–and tie, as well–if you want to try one of the city’s great restaurants. A tie and sweater are standard date-night wear. Women wear skirts more frequently here than in the United States, especially women over 50, though anything fashionable goes. Except at the most chic hotels, you won’t need formal evening dress.
If you are traveling in the winter, be sure to dress for the weather – cold. Consider bringing thermal underwear, scarves, gloves, and a hat. It is best to layer clothing as the shops and museums are well heated.
Bizarrely (because Switzerland manufactures a lot of popular pharmaceuticals) medicines can be very expensive in Geneva, so make sure you bring your medications. Also, pharmacies won’t issue a lot of medicines without a prescription.
Other travel items
If you need a washcloth to feel clean, bring your own because they are not standard equipment in Swiss hotels. Budget hotels occasionally do not provide soap. If you’re planning on shopping and cooking, a tote bag will come in handy: Most groceries do not provide bags, though you can buy sturdy, reusable plastic totes at the checkout. Laundromats are rare, so laundry soap is useful for hand washing.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack when traveling to Geneva.