What To Wear In Chile
To sum it up - Conservative and friendly
- Chile extends 2,600 miles but has an average breadth of between 100 and 200 miles, so what you pack really does depend on where you are planning to visit.
- The solution if you're travelling around is to dress in layers that can be shed as the day really heats up.
- If you don't want to stand out as a tourist then no matter how hot it gets avoid wearing shorts and short tops.
- Men can wear long Bermuda shorts but women would be better advised to wear dresses, trousers or longer skirts.
- Southern Chile tends to be wet all year round, winters are rarely very cold, but summers are cool and cloudy; pack a light raincoat.
- If you are here on business, you'll find that a skirt suit and heels in sober rather than bright colours is most appropriate. Men too should wear dark blue or grey suits, a light shirt and a conservative tie.
- While this dress code may seem more conservative than many western countries, the greeting between Chileans is very warm. Chilean men often greet each other with hearty hugs, while women customarily kiss each other on the cheek.
- If you plan on visiting an upscale restaurant then pack a smarter outfit - it's not essential but you will fit in better and feel more comfortable; a versatile wrap can be useful to dress up any outfit.
- If your trip includes an exploration of the mountains then it is likely to include lots of walking - some strenuous and at high altitudes and very cold, so be sure to carry good, rubber-soled walking shoes, warm weather clothes, and sunglasses.
- 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.
- And a flexible rucksack is the most practical option to transport all your gear. Combine it with a day sack for your day trip essentials.
- For more pictures and ideas, see our Pinterest board: What to Wear Trekking.
- If you're going to visit any religious sites then be sure to cover your shoulders and bare legs.
- Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a waterstraw water purifier or safe drinking water 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.
- Finally, it might also be worth noting that holding the palm upward and then spreading the fingers signals that someone is "stupid" and slapping your right fist into your left open palm is considered obscene.
- 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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