Packing for the Oktoberfest

Packing for the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase.

It is once again that time of the year when many people find my blog because they typed into Google “packing for the Oktoberfest” or “what to pack for the Oktoberfest”. Well, from now on, you will find your answers here, simple tips given by an expat living in Munich for more than 3 years, who also goes to the Oktoberfest every year: me.

For those who did not know, the Oktoberfest starts in September, on the third weekend of the month, lasting until the first weekend of October. During these 2 weeks and 3 weekends, the city gets pretty busy with tourists coming from all over the world.

Now, imagine that if Munich has 1,5 million inhabitants and the Oktoberfest receives around 6,3 million visitors each year, over 4 million suitcases will be packed only for this event! Crazy, I know. So aiming to help these 4 million people to pack their suitcases, here are my packing tips for the Oktoberfest:

But first, some small notes:

At this season of the year, temperatures may vary a lot. It can be chilly, sunny, and it can rain too. Check the weather forecast before your trip.

The quantity of each item below depends on you, and how long you are staying.

For women

Packing for the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase.

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Long and short sleeved t-shirts
Pullover/Hoodie/Cardigan – maximum one of each is fine
Jacket/Trench coat
Shorts – if so, you will need tights
Bras – get a push up one if you plan to wear a Dirndl
Socks and tights
Tracht – blouse, apron, dress, necklace and earrings, shoes, maybe a hat.Β If you don’t have one and don’t plan to buy one, feel free to wear jeans and a t-shirt with a cardigan, no one will judge you. However, the locals will know you are a tourist; just saying!
Learn more about how to wear and where to buy a tracht by reading “The Traditional Bavarian Costume“.


Ankle boots
High heels – in case you want to wear with the Dirndl, but if you do, good luck!
Flip flops – for the shower


Shampoo and conditioner
Soap –Β if you don’t want to use the ones at the hostel/hotel
Towel – in case you are staying in a rented apartment or at a friend’s house
Toothbrush and toothpaste
Lip balm for dry lips
Body lotion
Hair spray
Hand sanitiser
Hair accessories – hair ties, brush, comb, hat, or whatever you normally wear
Medicine – especially Aspirin and a hydrolytic in case you have more beer than you can handle; just saying!

Accessories and gadgets

Purse and small purse to wear with the dirndl
Wallet – cash, health insurance, credit card, etc.
Passport/personal documents
Umbrella – I told you, it might rain!
Adapters and chargers

For men

Packing for the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase.


Long and short sleeved t-shirts
Striped shirt – to wear with theΒ tracht orΒ with jeans/shorts
Tracht – plaid shirt, lederhosen, traditional shoes, socks, hat. If you don’t have a tracht and don’t plan to get one, wear jeans/shorts with a plaid shirt and you will be fine. Otherwise, read “The Traditional Bavarian Costume” to learn how to wear and where to buy a tracht.


Sport’s shoes
Any other of your choice


Shampoo and conditioner – if you have hair, of course
Soap – if you don’t mind the ones from the hotel
Towel – in case you are staying in a rented apartment or at your friend’s house
After shave
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Condoms – who knows, it’s better to be safe
Medicine – especially Aspirin and a hydrolytic in case you can have more beer than you can handle, which you probably will anyway!

Accessories and gadgets

Wallet – cash, health insurance, credit card, etc.
Passport/personal documents
Umbrella – I told you, it might rain!
Adapters and chargers

Of course that there are many other items you can take to your trip, but these are the essential ones. Packing them will be enough to make your stay in Munich even more unforgettable.


Let’s get packing, because the beer is waiting!

Packing for the Oktoberfest, by Packing my Suitcase.



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About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Sha

    Is there a dressing code for Oktoberfest? Haha, pardon my ignorance on this…I’ve never been to one…:)

    • hahaha no problem πŸ˜€
      Yes, there is, the Bavarian costume. The locals always wear them, but not every tourist does it, as it can be a bit expensive. But it certainly is pretty cool πŸ˜€

  • hahahaha I had to mention that, my husband has no hair hahahah πŸ˜€

    Crazy isn’t it?? That’s why the city gets soooo packed and fully booked. Some people rent apartments, stay with friends, go camping (there are many many camping areas around the city), hotels outside town… it’s crazy! I know people wanting to come this year last minute and they told me everything is freaking expensive. Crazy, crazy!!

  • hahahaha thank you dear πŸ˜€
    I will be wearing my Dirndl… I think I need to get a new one, I have the same one for the past 3 years πŸ˜€

  • Hi Amanda! How awesome, I hope you had a great time here in Munich. Come back in 2 weeks again πŸ˜€

  • With so many people how do you get around these days?!?! The weather is the only tricky thing when packing especially during transitional periods like September!

    • I know right? The first day is the most packed one!!
      Yes, the weather is tricky, you never know what to wear, even for the locals is hard, everything changes from one day to the other!

  • I love you’re Oktoberfest recommendations! They make me want a beer!

  • hahaha thank you dear πŸ˜€
    I’m also not a beer fan, but there are other good things to drink, and there is also beer mixed with lemonade, which I enjoy a lot. I hope you and your husband get to come to the Oktoberfest someday, it’s fun!!

  • Awwwnnn I hope you get to come someday!! I’m sure you would love it. But don’t worry, I will drink a beer for you πŸ˜€

  • Phoebe Thomas

    Having recently spent only 24 short hours in Munich I sooooo want to go back for Oktoberfest, and if I did I’d get myself a dirndl!!! Great tips Allane.

    • Awnn I hope you do come back for the Oktoberfest, if not this year then the next πŸ˜€
      The Dirndl is very sweet, and everyone dresses it, including myself hahaha. But I think it’s time I get a new one!

  • Places People Stories

    Such an interessting festival! Would love to join one day. I do not like beer too much… but just everything around it would be worth it. Love the clothing….

    • You are more than welcome to come and stay at my place Hanne πŸ˜€ I would love to show you around, and I’m sure you would have lots of fun at the Oktoberfest, no need to drink the beer πŸ˜€

  • Ive been wanting to go back to Oktoberfest but Franz doesn’t want to go. Dult and other small festivals are exactly the same but on a smaller scale. So we have been checking out some smaller festivals πŸ™‚ #MondayEscapes

    • The smaller festivals are awesome! I actually prefer them than the Oktoberfest. Less crowded, more locals πŸ˜€ if you come let me know and we can meet! I just won’t be here for the last weekend of the festival, from the 28th and on. But before that let me know if you guys come πŸ˜€

  • ahahaha same here Sally, I could never wear high heels there!! But it’s incredible how many women do it!! πŸ˜€

  • I hope you come someday πŸ˜€
    It’s a fun festival, also for the kids!!

  • hahaha I hope you come someday and have your German beer πŸ˜€
    Ohh and the straps are on the front πŸ˜€

  • hahaha awesome Natalie, I hope sometime you come to the Oktoberfest.. but I’m guessing you already have fun at the Oktoberfest in Melbourne! In Brazil we also have one πŸ˜€ hahaha

  • hahahaha for the locals it is certainly obligatory, but not many tourists wear them, as they can be a bit pricey to wear only once. But you are right, it only adds to the beer-drinking skills hahaha

  • Really? That’s awesome!! Happy to know it will be useful for you guys. And I hope you both have lots of fun πŸ˜€

  • You guys should come once πŸ˜€ it’s awesome, and it’s also fun for kids too, it’s not all about the drinking. πŸ˜€

  • Kathleen (Kat)

    This is interesting πŸ™‚ There’s Oktoberfest in Kuala Lumpur too but it’s just massive drinking with lots of beer promotions, that’s about it. Nothing Bavarian about it, I guess it’s just an excuse for people to drink! πŸ™‚ #MondayEscapes

    • hahaha that’s so interesting Kat! I had no idea that there was an Oktoberfest in Kuala Lumpur, that’s new for me πŸ˜€

  • Hi Jennifer! Thank you!
    I hope you come to the Oktoberfest sometime. To avoid the crowds you can come during the week, which is way better than on the weekends. As for the cost, accommodation might be expensive, but if you book in advance you will be safe πŸ˜€

  • Yes, the traditional dress is actually more a local’s thing than tourists πŸ˜€

  • It’s a great event!! I hope you get to come someday πŸ˜€

  • hahaha yess, crazy huh? In 1 week it start again πŸ˜€
    Hacker-Pschorr is my favourite yes haha, and also I always manage to find a place there πŸ˜€

  • hahaaha yess, lots of dirndls πŸ˜€

  • It’s also pretty cool for the kids πŸ˜€ I think everyone has fun there! I hope you come one day!

  • hahahaa it’s so cute isn’t it? πŸ˜€

  • That sounds fun!! I didn’t know there was one there!! πŸ˜€
    I hope you guys have fun!!

  • Yes, it starts in September πŸ˜€
    And especially the locals wear the traditional costume. It’s mainly crowded on the weekends, on weekdays is perfect πŸ˜€

  • yaaay I hope you come someday, I’m sure you will have lots of fun πŸ˜€
    Thank you!!

  • I hope you come to the oktoberfest sometime Amber, I am sure you will love it πŸ˜€ and I hope this list will be useful to you in the future!!

  • hahaha I think both are great reasons, and you can have the 2 of them at the same time hahaha

  • hahah yes, it’s pretty cool right? I have my own dirndl, though I think it’s time to get a new one.
    I hope you have the change to go to the Oktoberfest someday, it’s lots of fun!

  • I hope you come someday!! It’s also very fun for the kids πŸ˜€

  • hahaha did you get one already? πŸ˜€

  • Mabel Kwong

    Such a clever and informative post. I had to chuckle when you say push up bra. The Dirndl is certainly nice attire but I did not know it goes best with a push up. For me, that’s not necessary because I am sooo skinny and flat! πŸ˜€

    But it seems that any attire at the end of the day is okay. Some might dress up, some might not. At the end, everyone goes there to enjoy the beer πŸ˜€

    • haahahah yes, when buying a Dirndl here in Germany they even try to sell the bra already πŸ˜€

      And you are right, some prefer to wear, some don’t, and in the end everybody has fun πŸ˜€

      • Mabel Kwong

        Hahaha, they sell the bra with the outfit. Fitting. I’m sure there are many to choose from :: The Dirndl looks like a tight costumes for the ladies, especially around the waist. In the city here in Melbourne, there is a German/Munich bar and the waitresses wear this outfit and serve the guests πŸ˜€