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What to Wear When You Explore the Outdoors of Tunisia in Summer

What to Pack for an Active  Summer Holiday in Sunny Tunisia

By Sewmini James Published 5 months ago 3 min read
What to Wear When You Explore the Outdoors of Tunisia in Summer
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Ranked among the top summer holiday destinations in the Middle East, Tunisia welcomes beach lovers and all manner of adventurers to its sunny shores each year. Whether you are visiting the country for a brief weekend getaway or intending to spend the whole summer exploring the dynamic landscapes of Tunisia, it is crucial to be mindful of your attire options for both cultural and climatic reasons. Here's a list of must-have essentials for a cool summer holiday in Tunisia.

Packing for a Tunisian Summer 101

Those who are heading to Tunisia for a summer vacation for the first time may wonder why concerning themselves with holiday attire is even necessary for such a laid-back destination. While Tunisia is a breathtaking holiday hotspot for the masses, it is important to remember that it is still an Islamic country and this means that there are certain local standards that tourists must adhere to when it comes to clothing. This is especially pertinent for those who are planning to tour the rural villages and small cities in the country as the cultural norms are not as liberal as it is in the nation's capital. In addition to remaining comfortable during the trip, your clothing options should also help ward off stares from the local populace owing to your fashion choices.

Tips and Tricks                

Although Tunisia does not enforce strict Islamic dress codes and laws when compared to other Muslim countries, it is necessary to cover up when out in public. In fact, tourists should be mindful of what they have on every time they step outside The Residence Tunis or any other resort they happen to be staying in. Conservative and covered clothes that have been made from cotton or other lightweight fabrics are ideal although you must ensure that the clothes are not tight-fitting. Linens are perfect for Tunisia where clothes can be laundered and dried in a matter of hours. Wearing sunscreen at all times is also essential while a sun hat and sunglasses are also indispensable. A travel jacket may also come in handy for those who are hoping to engage in outbound excursions.

Footwear Options

Daytime sightseeing trips require comfortable shoes that are not too exposed to the elements. This means that sandals are not suitable although lightweight sneakers or leather close-toed shoes are. Leave your high heels and platform shoes behind as the roads in Tunisia including the pavements are uneven.

Clothing Guide for Female Travellers

Female visitors can wear t-shirts and long cotton trousers or ankle-length pants or skirts for outings in Tunisia but make sure the t-shirt or blouse covers the shoulder area. Crop tops, tank tops and skinnies are inappropriate unless one is within the confines of a hotel or resort, and even then, it's advisable to have a shawl or pashmina on hand to cover up when necessary. Swimwear should only be worn near the beach or the pool and it is crucial to cover up with a sarong or a kaftan when spending time outside of the water or when wining and dining at beachside restaurants.

Packing for Local Weather Conditions

Travellers who are visiting the country during the months of May, June, July, August, September and October should also avoid packing clothes made from synthetic and artificial materials. Synthetic and cotton-blend fabrics will absorb the heat while darker colours will also make travellers feel warmer as it does not repel the light as light-coloured clothing does.

Other Tunisia Travel Must-Haves

When it comes to other Tunisia travel tips and packing hacks, it is important to keep a rucksack or a day bag for your everyday excursions. Day bags are more suitable than carrying a handbag as this will make it easier to have your passport, money and other essentials in a safe location.

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