Safety should be a key consideration no matter where you travel, and part of staying safe in an unfamiliar place is dressing to blend in—or, at least, not dressing to stand out.
Beyond avoiding matching T-shirts, baseball hats and white sneakers, not to mention “I Love NY” sweatshirts, keep in mind local customs and attitudes, as well as religious beliefs, when choosing your attire for traveling abroad. This will help you avoid causing offense to locals or becoming a target to thieves.
When Traveling Abroad, Leave These Items at Home
Before you get out your suitcase, here are 10 things you may wish to leave in your closet when traveling abroad. Note that this list offers broad guidelines; you’ll want to research your specific destination to find out which ones are and aren’t applicable for your particular trip.
Religiously Immodest Clothing
Pants and long skirts are a safe bet, and women should carry a shawl in their bag or purse just in case. As a general rule, travelers should cover their shoulders and knees when entering any church or holy site to avoid unwanted stares or being denied entry. It’s also wise to keep your feet and ankles covered. When in doubt, stick to long sleeves, and men, keep that chest hair concealed.