What to Wear in Turks and Caicos

On the beach, Grand Turk

On the beach, Grand Turk

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General Style Tips

  • Smart casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics will work best - it is warm and sunny but not unbearably hot all year round.
  • However the nights tend to be a little cooler and so a sweater or wrap is worth popping in your case.
  • Daytime essentials include t-shirts, camisoles, sarong and shorts as most people spend their time on the beach.
  • Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools though, and cover up elsewhere.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem, so take insect/mosquito repellent and cover up with long sleeves and pants when you can, particularly at dusk if you are outdoors. Avoid wearing any scent or perfume.
  • There are a number of up-market restaurants where the dress code is super smart so you might like to pack a smart outfit for these occasions.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Take some comfy shoes for exploring - we love Hotter shoes for lightweight comfort, and they look great too. Remember your feet may swell in the heat.
  • And pack some lovely flat sandals. We love 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.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • For evenings, dress is smart casual; ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses - and take a shawl or wrap as just after a downpour it cools very quickly, though only temporarily.
  • A wrap or pashmina will dress up any outfit, and accessories or sparkly jewelry can make a great statement.
  • To avoid unwanted attention, we would advise you to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For evenings, dress is smart casual; long pants and short-sleeved shirts (no t-shirts). Tailored shorts are acceptable.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • July, August, September, November and December is officially the rainy season, although it tends to start earlier these days. 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. A light raincoat or travel umbrella would be handy.
  • 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.
  • The tap water in resorts is safe to drink, but it may not be to your taste and many visitors do prefer to buy bottled water. Consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle instead - 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! Look for handmade baskets, conch shell crafts, premium coffee or local rum - just remember any liquids will need to be packed in your hold luggage.

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.