As you will know if you are a regular reader of my blog, I regularly visit Colombia several times a year. The country is large and the climates change from one city to the next in which that different clothing is required.
Are you spending much time in Bogota or will you be on the Caribbean coast?
WHAT TO PACK FOR A TRIP TO COLOMBIA
Most visitors will go to Colombia for more than a few days and therefore should have enough room in the suitcase or backpack to pack enough clothes.
I normally travel to the Bogota for a few days and then travel to warmer places and then return to the capital.
Colombia is a tropical country and the weather is the same as any other similar. Whilst I would recommend you use shorts and t-shirts for most of the country, Colombians in the major cities use shirts and jeans on a daily basis. Bogota can also get cold so I would suggest you have a couple of layers in your luggage for this.
My Luggage consisted of
- Black Nike trainers
- Colombia National T-Shirt (Always a hit with the locals)
- Aviator Sunglasses
- A nice white button shirt
- A standard grey hoodie
- A few Polo Shirts.
- Pair of shoes
- Socks and Underwear
- Swim Shorts
- NorthFace Jacket
DO I NEED WATERPROOF CLOTHING?
Before traveling to Colombia I would definitely advise for you to take a waterproof jacket. It can rain at a moment’s notice during anywhere in the country, even more so in Bogota in which their can be often 4 seasons of weather in one day.
Shall I buy clothes in Colombia
I would definitely recommend against shopping or purchasing clothes in Colombia for the simple fact of the price, much more expensive than anywhere in the US or Europe.
Clothes for Going out.
Chances are you will go out in either Bogota, Cartagena, Medellin, Cali or Santa Marta. Unless you want to look like the tourist with shorts, vest and flip flops , you should dress like you’re on a night out in any other major city. A collared shirt or polo is suffice in this city along with smart casual shoes.
Colombia is a fantastic country and the weather is diverse, with this you should pack clothes for the sun, the rain and cold. Enjoy!