What to wear in Namibia

Deadvlei - Namibia

Namibia is a very casual country where you can expect to spend most of your time outdoors, doing activities such as hiking, quad biking, or game viewing. Namibia is a country where you go to explore nature, road tripping to magnificent outdoor spaces such as the desert dunes of Sossusvlei, the dusty salt pan in Etosha, deserted beaches in the Skeleton Coast, or the rocky peaks of Spitzkoppe.

The weather is great all year-round, with some rainfall in the summer months and freezing nights in winter. Coastal towns such as Luderitz can get very windy and as you travel up north towards the Caprivi it might get more humid.

We spent a full month traveling Namibia from the south to north in our Land Rover Defender (mkulu_the_landy). We camped every night except for one night in Luderitz when it was far too windy. Most days were sunny and warm but it was very dusty.

No matter whether you are camping or staying in fancy lodges, what you wear in Namibia needs to be comfortable and versatile.

  1. T-Shirt Dresses // Super-effortless style which can be worn from day to night.
  2. Wide brim hat // The African sun can be brutal, a wide brim hat offers good protection.
  3. Warm Jacket // If a cold front hits, or when temperatures drop at night it’s good to have a warm jacket nearby.
  4. Comfortable Sandals // Basic essential for outings to museums, safari drives and shops.
  5. Linen Shirts // You will be sweating, it’s a given. So stay away from synthetic fabric and stick to linen as they are light and airy.
  6. Shirt // Temperatures can reach up to 38 Celsius, cotton shirts are also great for everyday outings.
  7. Sunglasses // Protect your eyes from the harsh African sun.
  8. Comfortable Shorts // For hiking and quad biking and other active activities.
  9. Comfortable Shorts // Laidback luxe for lounging around in camp or at your lodge. Breathable fabric and dark colors work the best.
  10. Slip Ons // An everyday basic.
  11. Linen Pants // Great to put on at night when the sun sets and it gets a bit more chilly and protects against mosquitos when traveling in Caprivi region.
  12. Comfortable Sneakers // Sneakers or hiking boots for walking activities. Closed shoes will protect you from scorpions and other crawling critters. It is Africa after all.
  13. Basic Tshirts // Who doesn’t love putting on a fresh T-shirt after a long day in the dusty outdoors.
  14. Tanks // A good staple and ideal for layering.
  15. Swimwear // You will want to cool off.
  16. Backpack // For daily excursions to pack your sunscreen, hat, water, and camera

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