Keeping Your Cool: What To Wear When Travelling to a Humid Country

Working out what to wear when it is sticky and humid outside can be quite the task, especially when you don’t feel like wearing anything at all!


Stylekeepers dress | Misano sandals | Vintage scarf and bag


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There are a million and one destinations that I want to visit around the world, but it seems the humid ones are of the utmost priority to me. Humid destinations always seem to have the best beaches, fruits and natural greenery – something I struggle to keep myself away from. Anywhere I don’t have to pack a jacket for, I am there!

But what do you pack to wear on a holiday in a humid environment? How do you dress to combat the sticky heat?

In Perth, we are fairly accustomed to the heat. But, there really are no comparisons between our dry heat, and the thick humidity of places like Malaysia and Thailand in South East Asia. The humidity can pack a fair punch if you aren’t used to the sticky conditions.

I’ll be brutally honest here… I perspire at the drop of a hat. I like to think it is because I have a fast metabolism, but somehow I think the reality is far less pretty than that. Because of this, I always wear my hair up. I can’t stand having my hair on my neck when it is warm out, especially when I am in a humid country. There is no way you are getting any relief from the heat when you are insulating the back of your neck with a sweaty mane!

Rule #1 of dressing for the humidity: always get your hair up and off of your neck.
Rule #2 of dressing for the humidity: forget fitted clothing

You don’t want your hair sticking to the back of your neck when it is humid, and you definitely don’t want your clothing sticking to your body and stifling you either! The breezier your outfit, the better. Something loose fitting is also less likely to show up sweat patches in embarrassing places too. If you know you are a bit of a sweater, I would be tempted to test each item you are packing to see how moisture shows up on them. You don’t have to go for a run in it, just pop a bit of water on your clothes and see what happens. This leads me to rule #3…

Rule #3 of dressing for the humidity: always check what materials you are packing.

Denim might be a good choice for a holiday in theory, but reality may prove different. Denim doesn’t necessarily breath so well, and that can be a death wish in a humid country. Light cottons and linens tend to be safe options for humid countries. But, as I said, always check how they react to moisture first. I have had too many embarrassing moments thinking I would be safe in a certain cotton top, only to find out it was one of the worst offenders. I initially thought this dress would be terrible with moisture, but because the print is so busy, you don’t notice any sweat marks!

And finally, we have rule #4.

Rule #4 of dressing for the humidity: try to wear as little as you can.

Why would you wear a 3/4 sleeve top if you could wear a spaghetti strap cami and get extra, unnecessary material off your skin?! Some of my favourite holiday dresses are backless spaghetti strap pieces – they look great and there is less sticking to your skin. The same goes for off-should garments and strapless pieces.

What are your tricks to combatting the heat in humid countries??

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