What to wear in Taiwan

What to Wear in Taiwan

Top Taiwan style tips

  • When deciding what to wear in Taiwan, our advice is to pack light.  It is very easy to get clothes laundered.
  • Taipei is very fashionable and Western fashion is very popular, even shorts.
  • The local people appreciate it if you dress up.
  • Our advice is to pack casual, lightweight layers that aren't too revealing. Light cotton clothing that is easily washed and not too delicate is ideal.
  • Ensure you bring a versatile travel jacket. We love the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket because it has over 23 pockets, removable sleeves and RFID protection.
  • You can purchase almost any kind of clothing although the sizes are far smaller than you may be used to in the West.
  • Our advice would be to make sure you take enough underwear as even their large size is small by Western standards.
  • Take your sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), but buy an umbrella there – it can make all the difference in the sun.

Pack for the weather

  • Taiwan is humid and warm all year round, although it is coolest in January, February and March, when warmer layers will be needed.
  • The typhoon season is June, July, August, September and October – pack a lightweight raincoat.
  • Dressing in layers will help you cope with any temperature changes.
  • 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 🙂

Shoes to pack for Taiwan

  • A good pair of comfortable walking shoes and stylish flats are highly recommended. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
  • Ladies, save your high heels for the evenings. 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.
  • The average Taiwanese person has far smaller feet than the average Westerner, so beware if you hope to purchase shoes when you arrive – you may find they don't have sizes to fit.

Clothing tips for women

  • Trousers are a must, since many temples will forbid entry to women wearing skirts.
  • For travel at any time and anywhere a versatile pashmina will keep you warm, act as a modesty cover, or will ‘glam' up any outfit if you need it.
  • The humidity can play havoc with your hair – so think about accessories or a scarf to keep it looking neat and tidy.

Clothing tips for men

  • There are no specific things to bring to your attention, check out our packing list for our suggested capsule wardrobe.

Taiwan travel essentials

  • Now that you know what to wear in Taiwan, here are some crucial travel accessories to pack.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle.
  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than hard cases when traveling around the country, and using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your main bag with a compact backpack or shoulder bag that will carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and consider a voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (110V).
  • 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! Pineapple cake is a popular buy, and you'll see various handicrafts to choose from.

Community photos of Taiwan