What to Wear in Tunisia

At the spice market, in October

At the spice market, in October

Camel racing at Douz

Camel racing at Douz

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General Style Tips

  • Travel in a Muslim country is very different from Europe or North America; dress modestly and cover up away from your resort hotel.
  • During the day it's hot, so our advice is to pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, silk, bamboo and cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat. And don't forget your insect/mosquito repellent.
  • If you're planing a trip into the dunes, take along a scarf or sarong to tie around your face to keep out the blowing sand.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime - preferably closed-in shoes as the streets are often uneven and dusty. We really like Hotter shoes, as they're so comfortable but light and stylish too.
  • It is best to avoid high heels - instead choose pretty flat sandals for the evenings. We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
  • Cotton or other natural fiber shirts or t-shirts, teamed with cotton pants or an ankle length skirt, are good and remember to cover your shoulders or you will be looked at.
  • Short tops, short skirts/shorts, tight or body-revealing clothes etc. should be avoided altogether.
  • Keep clothing loose - it has the advantage of keeping you cooler anyway and you will get less unwanted attention.
  • A pashmina or sarong is a versatile item that you can use for sun protection or as a modesty cover-up - and it will 'glam' up the simplest of outfits for evenings too.
  • Remember some simple costume jewelry can dress up any outfit.
  • When visiting any religious sites, use your pashmina to cover your shoulders and bare legs.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • May, June, July, August, September and October are the hottest months - avoid synthetic fabrics as they will be really uncomfortable in the heat.
  • September, October, November, December and January are the wettest months, when we advise that you pack a lightweight raincoat.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • A bag or soft-sided rucksack is a more practical option than a hard case when traveling around, or if you plan to travel with just carry-on baggage. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
  • Combine your bag with a fold away day sack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials.
  • Don’t drink or even brush your teeth in tap water. Consider taking a Water-to-Go Filtration Water Bottle.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage and is especially useful in busy crowds.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the local voltage (230V).
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! You'll find a array of striking and interesting items in the souqs including jewelry, ceramics and Saharan sandals.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnHoliday.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.