What not to wear

Knowing what to wear (and therefore what to pack) when you travel the world is really important.  It’s not just about how to dress in more conservative countries, although of course this is important.  I was interested to note on my recent trip to Morocco that tourists visiting there dressed pretty much the same as tourists visiting, say, Mexico or the Caribbean.  It was quite hot and sunny and I saw lots of women in shorts and sundresses.  Morocco is a very tolerant country with a robust tourism industry so I guess they have accepted that sunshine + sand + blue skies = shorts and t-shirts.

However, it is not just about being cultural – it is also important to know what to wear (or not) for the activities you are going to enjoy (or not).  Take camel riding for example. If you include this in your list of activities don’t wear shorts.  Depending on the length of your camel ride (and I have heard of two hour camel rides) you legs will be worn through.

bikini camel ride

Or how about walks through the markets of Asia?  Yup – you might want to ditch those flimsy teensy little sandals.  Go for some solid Sketchers with closed toes or even the hiking boots will do.  Nothing worse than getting “bits” in between your toes.

Fish market

On an African safari leave the red dress at home, girl.  There is a reason khaki was invented.  It is to help you blend into the scenery and so you don’t startle the lions.  And in Barbados, forget about the camouflage gear.  It will be confiscated upon arrival!

Even going through security you should be clever with what you wear.  Jeans with decorative zips – yeah you are going to be pulled over for body search.  Scarves, hats, sunglasses …. why?  Keep it minimal so you can breeze through as quickly as possible and not hold up the lines.  Well…. not too minimal
airport security no clothes



By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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