Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Tunisia

At the spice market, in October

At the spice market, in October

Camel racing at Douz

Camel racing at Douz

General Packing Tips

  • Travel in a Muslim country is very different from Europe or North America; dress modestly and cover up away from your resort hotel.
  • During the day it's hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk, bamboo and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat. And don't forget your insect/mosquito repellent.
  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime and it is best to avoid heels - flat sandals for the evenings and preferably closed in shoes for the day as the streets are often uneven and dusty. We really like Hotter shoes, as they're so comfortable but light and stylish too.
  • If you're planing a trip into the dunes, take along a scarf or sarong to tie around your face to keep out the blowing sand.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • 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.
  • Cotton or other natural fiber shirts or t-shirts, teamed with cotton pants or an ankle length skirt, are good and remember to cover your shoulders or you will be looked at.
  • Short tops, short skirts/shorts, tight or body-revealing clothes etc. should be avoided altogether.
  • Keep clothing loose - it has the advantage of keeping you cooler anyway and you will get less unwanted attention.
  • A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that you can use for sun protection or as a modesty cover-up - and it will 'glam' up the simplest of outfits for evenings too.
  • Remember some simple costume jewelry can dress up any outfit.
  • It is best to avoid high heels - instead choose pretty flat sandals for the evenings. 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.
  • When visiting any religious sites, use your pashmina to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Pack for the Weather

  • May, June, July, August, September and October are the hottest months - avoid synthetic fabrics as they will be really uncomfortable in the heat.
  • September, October, November, December and January are the wettest months, when we advise that you pack a lightweight raincoat.

Other Things To Pack

  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than a hard case when traveling around, or if you plan to travel with just carry-on baggage. 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 and is especially useful in busy crowds.
  • 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! You'll find a array of striking and interesting items in the souqs including jewelry, ceramics and Saharan sandals.

Last updated 09 September 2015.

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