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Dressing Appropriately Abroad

By: Emma Jones - Updated: 14 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Dressing Appropriately Abroad

When you go on holiday abroad it is a time to relax and enjoy yourself. However, you need to make sure that you dress appropriately to stay safe and happy while you are away. While you may be used to dressing a certain way at home, other countries will have their own rules and customs. In order to fit in and not get unwanted attention it is important that you respect their way of dressing and take clothes that will be appropriate.

Do your Research

Before even booking a holiday abroad it is a good idea to research the country and find out what their dress code is. In many countries, the way we dress in the western world is considered rude and vulgar. It may be that you need to dress conservatively, over your shoulders or even cover your head. By doing your research in advance you won’t be surprised and can make an informed decision about whether the destination is right for you.

Pack Wisely

Once you have done your research and know about the country that you are visiting you can pack appropriately. Think about taking loose trousers and skirts that will be acceptable but also keep you cool in the heat. Pick tops that aren’t too revealing and also take lightweight cover-ups and scarves to cover your head if that is necessary. It is best to be prepared with these things before you go away so you don’t have to find them abroad.

Know When to Cover Up

Even if the country you are visiting is very conservative there may be times when you can dress in a western way without any hassle. If you are staying in a resort full of western guests then it is likely that you will be fine to wander around in a bikini or revealing clothing. However, if you are going out into local areas, especially at night or on your own then you need to dress appropriately.

Unwanted Attention

Sometimes, even if you dress appropriately, you will get unwanted attention in foreign countries because you look different. If you want to visit these countries it is just something you will have to put up with. Dress appropriately, avoid going out alone to local areas and learn a few local words so you can tell people to leave you alone. Most people will not be a threat, just interested, but make sure that you stay safe and don’t let any locals take advantage of you.

It is natural to want to wear skimpy clothes in hot countries but you have to respect their customs and dress appropriately. Do your research before you book your holiday so you can see how you should dress. Make sure that you pack suitable clothes if you are going to leave your resort and remember that you may still get some unwanted attention. If you are going to date locals, don’t let them take advantage of you because you are western, or dressed inappropriately.

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