So we will be going to Cologne, Grindelwald and Paris in a couple of weeks with our kids (10 and 11). Any suggestions on coats for european winter? They each have a North Face Thermoball mid-length coat that they like, and can layer with a polar fleece vest, sweaters and a thermal. Would that be ok? Thanks!!!
Those coats sound good to me. Be sure to bring hats, gloves and scarves, too, as well as warm socks and shoes.
Sounds like you are on the right track. We dress our daughter the same way as if we were back in the Midwest. You can go to weather.com and look up destinations and times of the year. Weather.com will give you historical averages for temperatures and precipitation. That way, you know what to pack. You can always buy the kids a souvenir sweatshirt as well. Much better than another stuffed animal!
We were just in Paris over Thanksgiving and Germany the same time last year. We were good with waterproof shells and layering underneath. We had hats and gloves, my 13 yo bought a scarf at a street market for like 5 euros for a souvenier and used it some. We also had light long underwear for nights when we were going to be out which was frequently as it gets dark pretty early. Shoes that can get wet but keep your feet dry are helpful too. In Paris we had more issues with some rain than cold. A note though we re from the high country of Colorado and are used to cold temps.