What to Wear in Tunisia

Top style tips for Tunisia

  • Travel in a Muslim country is very different from Europe or North America; dress modestly and cover up away from your resort hotel.
  • During the day it's hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk, bamboo and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat. And don't forget your insect/mosquito repellent.
  • If you're planing a trip into the dunes, take along a scarf or sarong to tie around your face to keep out the blowing sand.
  • It would be a good idea to pack a lightweight and versatile travel jacket. We like the SCOTTeVEST range because they have been specifically designed with travel in mind, offer plenty of storage pockets and have awesome additional features like RFID security and Personal Area Network connectivity.

Shoes to pack for Tunisia

  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime – preferably closed-in shoes as the streets are often uneven and dusty. We really like Hotter shoes, as they're so comfortable but light and stylish too.
  • It is best to avoid high heels – instead choose pretty flat sandals for the evenings. 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

  • Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
  • Cotton or other natural fibre shirts or t-shirts, teamed with cotton trousers or an ankle length skirt, are good and remember to cover your shoulders or you will be looked at.
  • Short tops, short skirts/shorts, tight or body-revealing clothes etc. should be avoided altogether.
  • Keep clothing loose – it has the advantage of keeping you cooler anyway and you will get less unwanted attention.
  • A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that you can use for sun protection or as a modesty cover-up – and it will ‘glam' up the simplest of outfits for evenings too.
  • Remember some simple costume jewellery can dress up any outfit.
  • When visiting any religious sites, use your pashmina 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.

Pack for the weather

  • May, June, July, August, September and October are the hottest months – avoid synthetic fabrics as they will be really uncomfortable in the heat.
  • September, October, November, December and January are the wettest months, when we advise that you pack a lightweight raincoat.
  • 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

Travel essentials for Tunisia

  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than a hard case when travelling around, or if you plan to travel with just carry-on baggage. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your bag with a fold away day sack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle.
  • 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 the local voltage (230V).
  • 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! You'll find a array of striking and interesting items in the souqs including jewellery, ceramics and Saharan sandals.

Community photos from Tunisia