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

What to Wear in Africa

Santa Maria Pier in Sal

Cape Verde - Santa Maria Pier in Sal

Camel Ride at the Pyramids

Egypt - Camel Ride at the Pyramids

Jemaa el-Fna, Main Square, Marrakech

Morocco - Jemaa el-Fna, Main Square, Marrakech

For advice on what to pack for your vacation in Africa, choose your destination country from the list below:

Botswana

This is a semi-desert climate - so it's hot during the day and cold at night.

Cape Verde

The Cape Verdeans display a wonderful cultural mix of Africa and Brazil, with a dash of Portugal. Friendly, laid back and very tolerant.

Egypt

Local people like to dress up in the evening, so if you're going out to dinner it's a great opportunity to dress with more care than usual.

Gambia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in The Gambia.

Ghana

Traditional values still prevail for many locals, and showing excess flesh is not appreciated.

Kenya

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Kenya.

Madagascar

Casual, comfortable conservative clothes are the key. Dress down rather than up here. Short, tight or revealing clothes should be avoided.

Malawi

Malawi is said to be the next big destination. It's known as the warm heart of Africa, so expect a very friendly welcome.

Morocco

In keeping with many Muslim countries you will find that people in the capital and other major towns such as Marrakech are used to foreigners, and are therefore likely to be more liberal and more tolerant of your clothing.

Mozambique

Mozambique is fast becoming one of Africa's most popular destinations with its stunning beaches, turquoise sea and much more.

Namibia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key. Dress down rather than up here.

Nigeria

In Nigeria casual wear is fine - tempered with the advice that in Muslim areas (including the coast) shorts and t-shirts can be frowned upon.

South Africa

Avoid blue or black clothing - the tsetse flies are drawn to these colours.

Tanzania

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Tanzania.

Tunisia

Travel in a Muslim country is very different from Europe or North America, dress modestly and cover upaway from your resort hotel.

Uganda

In Kampala and most of the bigger cities western clothes such as jeans and t-shirts are acceptable however our advice would be to avoid wearing shorts - most Ugandan women would not wear these; they wear skirts or dresses that usually cover the knees.

Zambia

Casual, comfortable clothes are the key when travelling in Zambia.

Zanzibar

This is a strong Muslim community and as tourism is very new there is no flexibility in the dress code. 

Zimbabwe

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.

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

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- Nina, Bristol UK