What To Wear In Dominican Republic
To sum it up - Keep it casual
- Casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics (cotton, silk and linen) will work best - it is warm and sunny but not unbearably hot all year round.
- However the nights tend to be a little cooler so a pashmina or wrap is worth popping in your case.
- Go for comfort and style.
- Daytime essentials include t-shirts or vests, sarong and shorts as most people spend their time on the beach or by the pool.
- Keep your swimwear and shorts for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools; cover up away from the beach or pool.
- For evenings, guys' dress is casual; long shorts or trousers and short sleeved shirts. Ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses - and take a shawl as just after a downpour it cools very quickly but only temporarily.
- From May to November is officially the rainy season although it tends to start earlier these days. You do still get lots of sunshine, but it is interrupted by deluges of rain which last for up to 30 minutes at a time.
- Our advice would be to be sure and pack some flat sandals.
- And remember your sun hat, sunglasses, sun screen (we love the Riemann P20 range - apply just once a day, even if swimming, for a whole 10 hours protection) and insect repellant.
- 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, 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.
- And 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.
- If you would like to give something back to the local community, see the Pack for a Purpose project for ideas of what you could donate.
- For more pictures and ideas, see our Pinterest board: What to Wear on a Beach Holiday.
- 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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