I travelled in Kenya and Tanzania on a safari trip. It was really
hot and very dusty and in some parts pretty humid. Don't do what
I did and wear white! White gets very dirty very quickly and never
looks that white again. Stick to natural fabrics (cotton) and neutral
colours to hide the grime. T-shirts and shorts are good. If you
take extra t-shirts - particularly with good designs on them, you
may be able to barter them for some fantastic carvings or rugs.
Don't worry about packing a bathing suit for the beach. Here, the
beach attire of choice for all Korean women is T-shirts and shorts!
As light-colored skin is considered more attractive here, a tan
is a no-no. That also explains everyone setting up there tents on
Cindy, Ulsan, South Korea
My advice for women travelling to Seoul is -- dress up! Korean
women are very sophisticated and dress up both in the office and
when going out at night. Even for Sunday shopping, most women wear
business-style suits and high heels. So if you don't want to feel
underdressed all the time make sure you bring enough dressy things.
Kelly, Ontario, Canada
South Korea has four very distinctive seasons. Winter is Siberian
cold, but clear and sunny. Their summer is tropical, rainy and horribly
humid. Spring and Fall are pleasant, though all too short. For summer
I recommend linen; cotton clings in the humidity and does not feel
cool. Jeans are very hot and heavy to wear in the summer. Unlined
linen slacks are good for hiking, but a long, loose skirt or dress
is coolest for sight-seeing. Korea is conservative. Short skirts
are not a problem, (if you wear a very short skirt, do as the Koreans
do and carry a scarf to cover your knees when you sit down) but
avoid even the suggestion of cleavage, and bare shoulders are just
marginally acceptable for college-age women. Light lacy jackets
are usually worn over sleeveless garments or tank-tops. Unless you
are going to be in a tourists-only area, wear a modest one piece
swimsuit and avoid bikinis. Here, wearing sunglasses is rude. If
you need to wear them - especially in the sunny, freezing wintertime
- always take them off if you are speaking to someone, and if you
enter a building. Non-cling jeans and T-shirts are fine to wear
for hiking or sight-seeing, but stay as neat and clean as possible.
Farzana, Seoul, Korea
I stayed in Seoul for two months. I worked, took a Korean class,
nightclubbed, shopped and visited DobongSan (lovely cool mountain
area) during the summer. I advise packing "girly" clothes
if you visit Seoul. In summer I recommend cotton, linen and silk
and make sure you press/starch all of your gear. Tempted to wear
ruffles, frills or lace, go right ahead. Your clothing will fit
right in in Seoul. Make sure all attire covers your knees.
Bring shoes that are easy to take off. In traditional restaurants,
everyone removes shoes before entering. Most women wear open-toed
high heeled mules in summer. If you must wear flats, try to find
a very pretty dressy pair. You can also stick to foreign restaurants
where you can keep your shoes on and sit on a chair.
Bring a wide-brimmed hat if you plan to walk a lot in summer.
Bring ponytail holders, barrettes and clips to tame your hair. If
you bring a perfume, bring a very light scent. No one wears strong
perfume. If you have a favorite, apply it with a very light touch
or just change to a milder fragrance.
Make sure to bring at least one nice handbag and stock it with
lipstick, eyeliner and concealer. Bring a good cleanser because
the pollution and heat will affect your skin. At any rate, properly
dressed coiffed and lipsticked, you may still be a foreigner, but
you will feel more at ease in the sea of beautiful, well-dressed,
impeccably groomed women that roam the streets of the capital!
Joanne, Timonium, USA
Kuwaities are very used to foreigners (esp. Westerners) in their
country, so you will not be leered at for not wearing traditional
Arab garb. Many natives wear popular Western fashions and designer
clothes. However do dress conservatively, as some natives are more
traditional than others. It was scorching during the summer, but
I would not wear shorts, just out of respect. A long skirt, cotton
pants, even jeans are okay. I wore a short sleeved t-shirt and a
long skirt. I would cover up tattoos (if you have them) and not
wear anything that could label you as an American. Most Kuwaitis
are very friendly and nice, but unsavory characters are there as
Crystal, Hampton, England