We are usually all harnessed in technical gear, ready for any adventure travel or outdoor activity. Mostly because we go trekking in high mountains, kiteboarding in turquoise lagoons, or exploring remote regions of Mongolia, Canada, or Pakistan. But when it comes to traveling to hot climates, I admit I like to have a few more items in addition to my regular hiking pants and boardshorts. That’s how I added a few essential travel clothing for hot climates to my packing list. Finding the right summer clothes for women takes some time as well all come in different shapes and sizes, and of course, interests!
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Why Travel Clothing for Hot Climates?
More of my usual gear would be suitable for hot climates as they are lightweight, dry quickly, and work well for warm temperatures. However, they tend to be tight outfits that work best in for outdoor activities.
As we traveled this summer in the South of France and Africa, I realized I needed to add a few more items that would make travel more comfortable. And because we will be traveling to conservative countries, I had to find women’s clothes for hot climates that would show less skin than the usual summer beach clothes.
See below some of the easy summer outfits for women I liked and packed.
What to Wear for Hot Weather
Before talking design, I usually stay away from cotton, linen, and leather during our outdoor activities. But these materials are perfect for the summer’s hot temperatures. Rayon and viscose tend to be fabrics I enjoy as well – soft and comfortable to wear. Here are what I found as new cute summer clothes.
Large Travel Scarf
My large scarf turned pareo turned towel turned sunblocker is the one item that never leaves me – come summer or winter, and anything in-between. But a long thin scarf is even better in summer as you can use as a pareo, a beach towel or cover from the sun. My long scarf is really light, which makes it ideal for any trip. The number one item for accessorizing cute summer outfits as well!
No need to spend a lot of money on this scarf, and if you forgot to buy one from home, these long cotton pieces are easy to find in almost every country in Asia, Central Asia, Middle East, and Africa. Here in Tanzania they are called kangas, but headscarves are everywhere.
Pick Your Travel Skirt
The best travel skirt is the perfect piece of clothes when traveling to hot weather countries. A long travel skirt protects against the sun during the day, and from mosquitoes at night. It’s also the right length when traveling to more conservative destinations.
Last but not least, I sometimes wear it from my chest, which transforms the skirt into a casual dress.
High waist long skirts like the Kate Kasin Beach Skirt are ideal for evening or day outings. I wear it with a simple cotton top for a casual day trip vibe or add a nice shoulder off top (see below) for a refined look.
Women’s Travel Tops
Perfect for walking the beaches of Zanzibar, a spaghetti top comes as essential clothing and can be layered up with a scarf, or under a long-sleeve shirt.
An alternative from spaghetti, a sleeveless top comes as an excellent addition to wear if you are exploring a city, or to go out at night for a drink. A top with off shoulder design like this Kate Kasin Summer Top makes it perfect for an evening out.
The large scarf comes handy to cover shoulders if need be.
Casual Summer Dresses for Women
Flowers or patterns, colors, beads, or lace will all make for lively summer dresses. The Kate Kasin Retro Summer Dress is a good example of light yet dress floral dress.
What makes a good travel dress in my mind is that it should be lightweight, wrinkle-free, and colorful.
Best Travel Shorts: Pantacourts!
While in theory not a travel short, I actual prefer pantacourts to real short shorts. A highly versatile piece of clothing, a pantacourt (jupe-culotte, or capri, or gaucho) is awesome when you need to be active and don’t want to be too hot in a pant or play like the famous scene of Marilyn Monroe over the subway grate. All while being acceptable in some conservative countries since they are under the knees.
I wear mine for short hikes or if we bike through a city.
The design of these pantacourts is usually wide, which make them breezy and adequate in a conservative culture.
Lightweight Travel Pants
When it comes to travel pants women can choose among so many different options. Some of the best travel pants for women also depends on your height. As a petite woman, finding the right pant is tricky.
Linen and cotton are your friends in hot, summer temperatures. While these fabrics are not the best quick dry pants for travel, they are comfortable. And a pant is a must-have for evenings against mosquitoes and insects, and dirt. The length under the ankle might be required when visiting some religious monuments, so if you don’t have a skirt or a sarong to cover down, make sure to pack a loose-fitting pant.
Why bootcut? Well, stay away from form-fitting pants that might be too revealing and bootcut style is usually a straightened design.
Best Travel Shirts
Lightweight travel shirts come in short and long sleeves. For Africa and other hot weather countries, I prefer a long-sleeve shirt. Indeed, from protecting against the sun or insects, long sleeves are recommended. Loose tops are usually airier and would work well in summers. A button-down shirt might have the extra benefit of being used as an evening layer when you wear it over a spaghetti or cami top.
Large Brimmed Hat
Beware of the sun and insolation! I am sensitive to the sun, and a hat is a must-have for me. I have a cap when we do outdoor activities, but for simply exploring the city, I prefer a wide-brimmed hat.
I usually wear Teva Sandals or my hiking boots when we go to the mountains, but I was looking for open-toe sandals that have a softer look. Many sandals have skinny soles which tend to become uncomfortable after a short walk. So I prefer shoes with thicker soles that provide better support and prevent pain. They tend to be more expensive but nothing worse than bad shoes to turn your trip into a nightmarish experience.
What are your must-go summer travel clothes that you can’t live without? We would love to hear from you, so please share your tips and suggestions!
Kate Kasin gifted us with the summer clothes listed on this blog post. Thank you Kate Kasin for the opportunity of featuring your products and brand! Our opinion is our own and is not impacted by this partnership.
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