What to Wear in Mozambique

Local women working in the fields, March

Local women working in the fields, March

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General Style Tips

  • Mozambique is fast becoming one of Africa's most popular destinations with its stunning beaches, turquoise sea and much more.
  • Our advice would be to travel light, and we mean really light.
  • All you need during the day is shorts and beach wear. It's hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • For the evenings again keep it light and simple with lightweight natural fabrics.
  • Avoid blue or black clothing - the tsetse flies are drawn to these colors, and their bite can give you African Sleeping Sickness.
  • If you love to snorkel there is plenty to see here so be sure to pack your snorkel, mask and dive shoes.
  • Wear plenty of good sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat, and don't forget your insect/mosquito repellent.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Pack comfortable footwear (we recommend Hotter shoes, for comfort with style) if you plan on exploring markets or wandering the cobbled streets past stately colonial-era buildings.
  • Choose some pretty flat sandals for the evenings (remember your feet may swell in the heat). 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

  • A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
  • Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
  • A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that you can use for sun protection or to 'glam' up the simplest of outfits.
  • And some simple costume jewelry can dress up any outfit too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • For guys, it's shorts, shorts and more shorts - 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

  • During June, July and August the evenings can be cooler so pack a wrap, fleece or sweater, and long pants.
  • The rainy season of December, January, February, March and April is hot, sticky and soggy, so take a lightweight waterproof or a sports gilet is a good breathable option.
  • 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

  • If you plan to travel with just carry-on baggage, opt for a soft-sided rucksack rather than a hard case. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your bag with a fold away day sack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • 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 (220V).
  • 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 are lots of local handicrafts to tempt you, and the colorful carved African masks are a very popular buy.
  • One word of caution: watch your valuables. Do not leave them on view in your room even if the door is locked - use the hotel or lodge safe or better still, leave them at home.

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.