What To Wear In Fiji
To sum it up - Hot and tropical
- Fiji enjoys a tropical climate - especially noticeable in the hotter, humid summer months (November-March), so you will be able to travel light.
- Reef-walkers are great for protecting your feet if you are exploring exposed reefs at low tide.
- Winter is less humid and you can even feel a little cool in the evening, so pack a lightweight jacket or pashmina shawl.
- Our advice would be to take a lightweight, casual wardrobe of loose fitting, natural fabrics eg. linen, silk or cotton.
- Depending on where you are staying in Fiji, you may like to include some dressier, lightweight clothes for the evening too. Take the opportunity to dress up, especially if you are planning to visit Fiji during the holiday season.
- Take care not to offend local sensibilities - this is really important, and whilst it's fine to wear bikinis and brief, swimming costumes in resorts, it's definitely not ok when visiting villages or shopping in town. At such times cover up, and we'd recommend a sarong - local women traditionally cover their knees and shoulders. Also note that topless sunbathing is illegal.
- Or buy a Sulu when you're there it's the Fijian equivalent and is worn by both men and women.
- If you plan on walking in the mountains then good, supportive and comfortable walking boots are a must and take a fleece too.
- November to April are the wetter months in Fiji so maybe add in an umbrella.
- And don't forget a sun hat, sunglasses and sun protection.
- Keep bottled water out of the sun as the plastic bottles can release dioxins when they heat up, which is not healthy. An alternative is to use a 100% BPA-free foldable water bottle. Reusing your water bottle will also help you do your bit for the planet - millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year.
- If you would like to give something back to the local poorer communities, they are very grateful for help. See the Pack for a Purpose project for ideas of what you could take with you.
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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