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

What to Wear in Singapore

General Packing Tips

  • Singapore has a hot and humid climate all year round.
  • Casual dress is accepted for most situations as long as it is neat and clean - the locals are very clean and correct, and frown on scruffiness.
  • Some restaurants and clubs may require more formal dress (no flip flops, shorts or undershirts), so consider packing a smarter outfit and shoes just in case.
  • Jeans and t-shirts are acceptable but our advice would be to take lightweight clothes in natural fabrics; linen, silk and cotton will be more comfortable in the heat and will wash and dry quickly.
  • Hotels, restaurants and shopping malls are usually air-conditioned and at times this can be pretty fierce so be sure to pack a shawl, wrap or pullover.
  • There are literally thousands of shops along the many shopping malls, so make sure you have comfortable shoes,(try Hotter shoes, they provide total comfort and look great too). Items are good value too, so if you're a shopaholic you may want to take an empty carry-on bag or fold-up bag to bring your purchases home with you.
  • The sun is very strong, so you must wear a sunhat and take plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) too. You can use your umbrella for extra shade, as the local women do.
  • Smoking is banned in most public places in the city, so you will find it hard to light up. If you need to, pack alternatives such as patches.
  • And chewing gum is not allowed on the Mass Rapid Transit system (MRT).
  • Don't drop litter or anything on the pavements - laws are very strict and the fines are high. It's why Singapore is so clean.
  • Even if you stay in a Singapore cheap hotel it is likely to be very neat and clean, if a little more basic in facilities.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A few well chosen pieces of costume jewellery will transform any outfit.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • Remember use your pashmina shawl to cover shoulders when visiting religious sites.
  • Flip-flops or sandals are recommended as it will be much easier to dry your feet after the rain.
  • Flip flops are almost considered the national footwear, especially amongst the young, so you will blend right in. Make sure they are comfortable for walking around - we like 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.
  • If you are on business regular business suits or dresses are acceptable and because of the heat it is acceptable not to wear a jacket.
  • 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

  • Men should pack a shirt, long pants and jacket for smarter restaurants and clubs.
  • If you are on business regular business suits are acceptable and because of the heat it is acceptable not to wear a jacket.

Pack for the Weather

  • The wettest months are November, December and January (the monsoon period) and it is slightly cooler then, but rain is usual throughout the rest of the year too. Rainstorms are usually short but heavy, so take an umbrella whenever you're traveling. As it's so hot and humid you probably won't want to wear a rain jacket.

Last updated 11 December 2014.

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Pack Light

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