What to Wear in Montenegro

Alleyway cafe in Kotor, June

Alleyway cafe in Kotor, June

Kotor, in June

Kotor, in June

Kotor in Summer

Kotor in Summer

Becici beach, in July

Becici beach, in July

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General Style Tips

  • For most visitors the draw are the glorious beaches - so beachwear and flip flops are the essentials for the day.
  • In the summer it can be hot hot hot - wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • Don't forget your insect/mosquito repellent either - you'll need it particularly at dusk and when dining at restaurants near the water.
  • For evenings, a smart-casual look will work well. Take a light jacket or wrap to cover your arms - to fend off a chill, and the mosquitoes.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime, particularly if you plan to explore away from the beaches. There's lots to see, with mountain trails, churches, old ruins, etc. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • 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.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Any trip during May, June, July and August is likely to involve enjoying the fabulous beaches, so bikinis and beach wear, with a sarong or kaftan, is very much the look for the daytime.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit - remember that bright accessories show off a tan.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit too.
  • If you visit any churches or mosques then do cover your shoulders and avoid short shorts/skirts. If you pack a pashmina for the evenings then it can double up here as a modesty cover too

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

  • The general climate varies a great deal between the coast, the mountains and the continental side.
  • The Adriatic coast has a warm climate with hot summers (June, July, August), when the lightest natural fabrics will work best. Winters are short with the most rainfall in November, December and January.
  • The mountain regions have cold, snowy winter months (December, January, February and March) when you will need warmer layers, plus a thick coat, gloves, warm hat and scarf, as well as good boots with soft rubber soles. Summer days are pleasant but not as hot as by the sea.
  • The continental zones can have very hot summers, with the mountains blocking any sea breezes. Winters are cool but not freezing, whilst Spring (March, April, May) and Fall (September, October, November) see the most rainfall.
  • A light raincoat and travel umbrella can be useful at any time, as due to proximity of the mountains the weather can be changeable.
  • 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

Regions of Montenegro

  • The mountainous interior will always be cooler than the coast so even in summer take a fleece. Clever layering is the key to dressing for changeable weather.
  • In Kotor there is a fabulous walk up high around the city walls. Make sure you have comfy flat shoes, and on a hot day protect yourself from the sun and take plenty of water with you.

Other Things To Pack

  • Your preferred brand of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection) may not be available in the supermarkets, and if you find any it is expensive so it's better to take plenty with you.
  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing 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 (220V).
  • 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! National produce including wine vinegar and olive oil are popular buys, but remember you will need to pack liquids in your checked-in luggage. Alcohol is much cheaper if bought in resort than at the airport.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
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  • 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.