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This post is for females, and more specifically females without children. You dream or have decided to visit Dubai for a vacation, lets say your trip is 5 days long and you’ll be doing roughly the same activities or similar ones mentioned in my 5 day Dubai itinerary. What do you bring besides the obvious underwear and clothing? But also, what kind of clothing do you bring, aren’t there some crazy rules on how to dress in Dubai if you are a woman?
The dress code you will have when you visit Dubai is this: No large amounts of cleave showing, shoulders and knees covered, stomach and back covered. Preferably no see-through clothing. When you are walking around the street, mall, etc. this is essentially what you should be looking to wear. This is the “safe” clothing for women. You are not required to wear a full outfit of Abaya and Hijab. You can wear skimpy clothing in downtown but by following the above rules you are less likely to be removed from a shopping center or be harassed.
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The idea for this guide is to provide you with suggestions of items to pack that offer the most versatility so you have a lighter bag coming in and more room to fill with fun souvenirs (read my guide to souvenir shopping Here). It is warm in Dubai all year round so it is easy to pack for.
Shoes: 1 pair of comfy heels and 1 pair of flats (fly in the flats or sandals).
You will want heels if you plan to go anywhere nice such as the Burj Al Arab but flats that you can walk a lot in for all the museums, theme parks, souks, and malls you’ll visit.
Dress Clothes: You have some options here. You can bring a blouse and skirt or a dress (again for nice venues).
If you choose the blouse and skirt, try to make it a blouse you can reuse for other activities and the same for the dress. Flowing, breathy, and lightweight fabrics and styles are best to reuse for a trip. A summer dress is easy to dress up with jewelry and heels for one place and make more casual with flats and a cardigan for something else.
Pants and Shirts: After choosing a dress or skirt you should only need two more bottoms (You’ll be wearing a third on your flight to Dubai. You will want 5 tops total in your bag.
Good news, it is warm year round in Dubai! Skinny jeans are good with anything so it is good to keep it simple and have two pairs. Another bottom that is nice is a loose pair of harem pants. Your tops should be a lightweight fabric and either cover all the areas mentioned previously or have an undershirt if you think you might need it.
Extra Items: There are some things that are always good to have handy!
What to keep in your purse: You may need these items a little more than you think.
Other Things to Consider
Beyond what we know is essential to bring with us, there are a few things that are not as obvious or just really cool to have for travel.
I hope that this guide helps you for your trip to Dubai! It can be so hard to pack light for a trip but when you are going to a place with as much fun and amazing things to do as Dubai. You don’t extra junk, it’s wasted space in your bag when a lot sits unused in your hotel room.
What are some must have items for you to bring on your flight to Dubai?
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