What to Wear in Bangladesh

Cooling off in the river, February

Cooling off in the river, February

Dhaka, in July

Dhaka, in July

The Buriganga River, Dhaka, in August

The Buriganga River, Dhaka, in August

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General Style Tips

  • Bangladesh is a Muslim country so the key is modesty and to keep covered.
  • Wear long skirts or pants and long-sleeved shirts.
  • Because of the heat and humidity we would recommend that you wear natural fabrics e.g. cotton, linen or silk or those designed for 'active' wear, and go for loose fitting clothes.
  • Visitors often buy a local 'salwar kameez'; these are readily available and are well suited to the heat and humidity.
  • Long-sleeved clothes are also ideal protection against the sun during the day and mosquito bites at night.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Take good sturdy shoes as your feet will get dusty and dirty - try Hotter shoes, they're really comfy and have styles to suit everyone.
  • And we like Thorlos hiking socks - they're especially designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable when trekking in hotter climes.
  • It's best to avoid heels in favor of flat sandals.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A pashmina or sarong is great to take with you to cover your head in case it gets too hot. Some religious places also require you to cover your head, so it will come in handy then too.
  • While visiting places of worship women must wear a long skirt or pants and have covered shoulders.
  • Bangladeshi women usually wear saris and whilst this may not be a style of dress that you can wear, our advice would be to cover up at all times.
  • Aim to keep your legs, arms and cleavage all covered up or you will not only be stared at but touched.
  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair - so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • Loose cotton shirts or t-shirts and long linen pants are ideal.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • The Winter - November, December, January and February - is pretty mild, so a light jacket or sweatshirt will be fine.
  • It does rain a lot in the summer/monsoon season of June, July, August, September and October and with the high level of humidity it's best to wear natural fabrics.
  • A sunhat is a must for the summer along with good sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) and sunglasses, and a travel umbrella is great protection for both rain and sun.
  • 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

  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country. Combine it with a fold away day sack that will carry your essentials on day trips.
  • Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • 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!

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.