What to Wear in Taiwan

Taipei in March

Taipei in March

Taipei Hwahsi Tourist Night Market, in April

Taipei Hwahsi Tourist Night Market, in April

Wen Wu Temple, in May

Wen Wu Temple, in May

Yehliu Geopark, New Taipei, November

Yehliu Geopark, New Taipei, November

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General Style Tips

  • Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered.
  • Taipei is very fashionable and Western fashion is very popular, even shorts.
  • The local people appreciate it if you dress up.
  • Our advice is to pack casual, lightweight layers that aren't too revealing. Light cotton clothing that is easily washed and not too delicate is ideal.
  • You can purchase almost any kind of clothing although the sizes are far smaller than you may be used to in the West.
  • Our advice would be to make sure you take enough underwear as even their large size is small by Western standards.
  • Take your sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), but buy an umbrella there – it can make all the difference in the sun.

What Shoes To Pack

  • A good pair of comfortable walking shoes and stylish flats are highly recommended. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, save your high heels for the evenings. Or why not try 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.
  • The average Taiwanese person has far smaller feet than the average Westerner, so beware if you hope to purchase shoes when you arrive - you may find they don't have sizes to fit.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Trousers are a must, since many temples will forbid entry to women wearing skirts.
  • For travel at any time and anywhere a versatile pashmina will keep you warm, act as a modesty cover, or will 'glam' up any outfit if you need it.
  • 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

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • Taiwan is humid and warm all year round, although it is coolest in January, February and March, when warmer layers will be needed.
  • The typhoon season is June, July, August, September and October - pack a lightweight raincoat.
  • Dressing in layers will help you cope with any temperature changes.
  • 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

  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your main bag with a day sack or shoulder bag that will carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • 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 consider a voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (110V).
  • 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! Pineapple cake is a popular buy, and you'll see various handicrafts to choose from.

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.