What to Wear in Ghana

Local fishermen, January

Local fishermen, January

Beach festival at Easter

Beach festival at Easter

Local women in Elmina, December

Local women in Elmina, December

Fishing at Elmina

Fishing at Elmina

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General Style Tips

  • Traditional values still prevail for many locals in Ghana, and showing excess flesh is not appreciated.
  • Opt for casual clothing on the whole - leave your designer labels and jewelry at home.
  • Shorts are acceptable for both men and women, but we suggest that you keep them longer so as not to show your upper thighs.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat, and remember your insect/mosquito repellent.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Comfortable walking shoes are a must - we love Hotter shoes, as they are incredibly light and comfortable.
  • Ladies, leave your high heels at home in favor of glamorous flat sandals. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Ghanaian women wear both traditional and Western clothes, and there are no restrictions on what can be worn.
  • Just make sure your t-shirts or tops are long enough to cover your stomach.
  • A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
  • If you are staying in upscale hotels or resorts, you'll feel much more comfortable if you've packed a smart casual outfit for dinner - try a wrap or pashmina which can add 'polish' to anything.
  • Remember some well-chosen costume jewelry can dress up any outfit too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • Ghana is a tropical country with a warm/hot climate all year round. Our advice would be to pack lightweight layers in natural fabrics: linen, cotton, bamboo and silk.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A soft-sided rucksack is more practical than a hard suitcase if traveling around the country - they are easier to fit into the small planes or transfer vehicles. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine it with a lightweight day sack or sling bag to carry your day trip essentials.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (230V).
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! There's an array of local crafts to choose from, including musical instruments, masks, beads and jewelry, pottery, wood carvings and much more. There are some large open-air markets, and street vendors will try and tempt you everywhere.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.