What to Wear in Canary Islands

Carnival in Tenerife, February

Carnival in Tenerife, February

Fuerteventura in June

Fuerteventura in June

Camel rides in Lanzarote, July

Camel rides in Lanzarote, July

Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, in August

Isla de Lobos, Fuerteventura, in August

Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria, in August

Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria, in August

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in September

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, in September

Tenerife in September

Tenerife in September

Lanzarote in November

Lanzarote in November

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General Style Tips

  • Throughout the Canary Islands of Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and La Gomera, in the tourist resorts dress is casual.
  • For most visitors the draw are the glorious beaches so beachwear, sarong and sunhat, flip flops, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) are the essentials for the day.
  • But it's usually windy, so don't be fooled by the temperatures - the breeze may cool you but the sun is still very strong.
  • Jeans are very popular everywhere, but in the hottest months may be too uncomfortable. Opt instead for lightweight natural fabrics.
  • Shorts, t-shirts and camisoles are perfectly acceptable.
  • We would suggest that you pack a smarter outfit for more up-market restaurants.
  • Dressing in layers will help you with the temperature changes.

What Shoes To Pack

  • We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, take your heels, but save them for evening dining or nightclubbing. 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.
  • All of the islands have some rugged terrain which is ideal for walking and exploring. This can be done on your own or with a guide. Make sure you take comfortable sneakers or trekking shoes, or if you plan to go right into the wilds take well worn-in walking boots with good ankle support, plus walking socks which will wick away moisture (we like Thorlos hiking socks - they're especially designed to keep your feet dry and comfortable when trekking in hotter climes).

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A few well chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.
  • If you're going to visit any religious sites, use your pashmina again to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

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 great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • From November through December, January February and March it can be cool and wet so pack a lightweight raincoat and travel umbrella.
  • And the winter months can be cold in the evenings, so take a jacket or sweater to put round you.
  • 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

  • If you're out walking all day, a light day sack is handy to carry all your essentials.
  • 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 down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for European voltage (230V).
  • 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! Local pottery and rum are good Canarian buys, but remember you'll need to pack the latter in checked-in luggage unless you buy at the airport duty-free.

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.