What To Wear In Brazil
To sum it up - Relaxed, no stress
- When packing, keep in mind that cities like Rio and São Paulo are big, fashionable, cosmopolitan cities and you will more at home if you leave baggy jeans at home in favour of a smarter casual look.
- Don't be afraid to wear bright colours - they'll fit right in.
- If you are here on business most women wear dresses or skirts, and for men a collar and tie still dominate.
- Our advice would be to pack a pashmina or wrap, as the buildings and restaurants can be a little over enthusiastic with the air conditioning.
- Brazilians love the beach – it's almost a religion and appearance really matters to them. It's considered ultra-cool to wear the tiniest bikinis and trunks but be warned - going naked or ladies being topless is a definite no-no.
- If you want to look cool and really fit in on the beach, take a sarong to lie on rather than a beach towel; only tourists swim; and Brazilians head to the beach to socialise, not lie down with a good book.
- The summer (December to March) is very hot and natural fabrics like linen, silk and cotton will work best.
- If your trip involves exploring the country outside of the major cities then it is likely to include lots of walking, - so be sure to carry good, lightweight walking shoes or sandals, a wide-brimmed sub hat and sunglasses. Our advice is to dress in layers that can be shed as the day really heats up. A soft backpack will be the most practical way of transporting your luggage.
- Florianopolis is said to be the "Miami" of Brazil, with outdoor sports including diving, hang gliding, paragliding, and mountain biking, as well as surfing, all being popular. What to wear here? Well even in the clubs flip flops are acceptable... so it's beach casual all the way.
- The Pantanal is fast becoming a key destination for wildlife-watching. Make sure you have good repellent for mosquitoes and ticks, absolutely don't forget your camera and good binoculars, and you'll need a rimmed sunhat plus sunglasses. Wear long loose clothing with sturdy footwear when exploring during the day, but flip-flops are great for the evenings.
- Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a waterstraw water purifier or safe water drinking bottle.
- 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.
- Keep your electrical gadgets (camera, phone, iPad etc) fully charged using a solar powered charger. This one gadget will charge most devices anywhere at any time, and it also cuts down on the number of leads and adaptors you need to pack.
- If taking part in outdoor pursuits, look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - this elasticated strap will secure it to your bag or pocket, so you don't need to worry about dropping it anywhere.
- Whilst enjoying your holiday, you may like to provide help for some of the poorer communities. See the Pack for a Purpose project for ideas of responsible donations which will be gratefully received.
- 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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