What to Wear in Aruba

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General Style Tips

  • Aruba is very laid back so smart casual is the usual theme.
  • Clothing in lightweight natural fabrics i.e. linen, silk and cotton will work best.
  • Essentials include t-shirts or camisoles, a sarong and shorts during the day as most people spend their time on the beach or visiting the markets.
  • And don't forget a sunhat and sunglasses.
  • After sun and sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) is very expensive so bring plenty with you.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem, so take insect/mosquito repellent and cover up with long sleeves and pants when you can, particularly in the evenings if you are outdoors. Avoid wearing any scent or perfume.
  • It is a good idea to keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools.
  • The nights can be a little cooler and a sweater, pashmina or wrap is worth popping in your case.
  • Be aware that it is illegal to have army/combat type clothing or print.
  • There are the usual hotel laundry facilities but the climate is such that everything dries overnight.

What Shoes To Pack

  • As for shoes... one evening pair, one beach pair and one pair of light walking sandals/shoes are all you need - we love Hotter shoes, they're really comfy and look great too.
  • We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range too - 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 Women

  • At night it all smartens up for eating out. Ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses - and take a wrap or pashmina as just after a downpour it cools very quickly, but only temporarily.
  • Your pashmina will be very versatile and will dress up any outfit, as well as providing cover from the sun or a chilly breeze.
  • An eye-catching jewelry scarf is a versatile way to smarten up an evening outfit.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • At night it all smartens up for eating out. Men wear long pants and short-sleeved shirts (no t-shirts).
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • June, July, August, September, October and November is officially the rainy season, although it tends to start earlier these days. Although called the rainy season you do still get lots of sunshine, but it is interrupted by deluges of rain which last for up to 30 minutes at a time. As it's tropical though, you'll dry off quickly. You may like to take a light raincoat or travel umbrella.
  • 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 lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • Tap water is safe to drink, but if you tend to buy bottled water consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • 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 up voltage converter if your devices are not designed for local voltage (120V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • 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! Aloe products and lotions are popular buys - but remember you will need to pack any liquids in checked-in luggage.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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  • 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.

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