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

What to Wear in Hong Kong

Downtown in September

Downtown in September

Busy street in Mong Kok

Busy street in Mong Kok

Traditional restaurant; Dim Sum

Traditional restaurant; Dim Sum

Hong Kong Metro

Hong Kong Metro

General Packing Tips

  • Generally older Hong Kong people dress modestly - no short skirts, no strappy tops or generally tight or revealing clothes. The same can't be said about the young! In the full heat and humidity of summer you will see plenty of strappy undershirts and shorts.
  • This a fashion-conscious, designer-conscious city - particularly amongst the young people.
  • Dress well in a smart casual fashion and you will find you fit in.
  • Hong Kong's sub-tropical climate means that you won't need winter clothes for most of the year.
  • However, if you are staying in a hotel we would suggest you take light knitwear or a pashmina as the air conditioning can be fierce.
  • Loose fitting, natural fabrics and layered clothes will work all year round.
  • We would suggest that you favor dark colors as these are more popular and will mean you will be less conspicuous.
  • Jeans are also popular but probably too uncomfortable in the hottest parts of the year.
  • People seem to make more of an effort to dress smartly for dinner in the hotels, so a smart top or dress and shoes will be useful.
  • Also be warned - you may be refused entry at some up-scale restaurants if you don't look smart enough. If you've been sightseeing, aim to freshen up and change your clothes before meals.
  • Be sure to pack some comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • If you are in Hong Kong on business then formal suits are the norm - for both men and women.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair - so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.
  • A few well chosen pieces of costume jewellery will transform any outfit.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • We love Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops - 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 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

  • From mid-December, through January to mid-February it is cooler and warmer layers would be advisable. So leave your flip flops, shorts and strappy tops at home in favor of t-shirts, jeans and a jacket.
  • The wet season is June/July/August, and if you visit at this time our advice would be to pack a lightweight raincoat, but not to bother to pack an umbrella as you will find inexpensive ones on street stalls and in local shops everywhere.

Last updated 14 November 2014.

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Pack Light

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  • 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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Advice You Can Trust

Dress up! You won't get a table in the nice places if you don't look polished! No sneakers, shorts or tank tops at the Peninsula! If you're going in summer, have something to make your hair look nice in that humidity. We were turned away in the Peninsula & the Ritz because we had been walking for hours & looked frazzled.

- Heather, USA