Got a trip planned to Macau? Macau can be fun to visit any time of year, but you'll want to make sure you're dressed right. The weather is warm and very humid year-round, with temperatures averaging around 79°F (that's 26°C). So what should you wear so you can stay comfy and fit in with the local vibe?
To make the most of your trip to Macau, a good rule of thumb is to pack comfortable clothing that you can layer. Loose-fitting clothing in breathable fabrics will keep you cool in warmer weather, while a light jacket or cardigan will come in handy for cooler days or evenings. And if you plan on doing any sightseeing, be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Nothing like a nasty blister to ruin a good vacation, right?
In just a second, I'll share my specific recommendations for exactly what to wear in Macau—whether you're visiting the Ruins of St. Paul's, exploring Senado Square, or riding the Macau Tower bungee jump.
Editor's note: Macau is in the tropics, which means seasons like summer, winter, spring, and fall don't apply. Most tropical destinations do have a wet and a dry season, but temperatures are typically warm year round.
What should women wear in Macau?
Macau is generally warm, and there are a few key items you'll want to pack. Here's what I definitely wouldn't go without: jeans, light jacket, shorts, shirts or tunics, and maxi dresses. With these essentials, you’ll be all set to experience everything Macau has to offer.
You just cannot go wrong with a good pair of jeans. They're comfortable, versatile, and easy to care for—not to mention they always look great. Whatever you're doing in Macau, jeans will always come in handy. Of course, not all jeans are created equal. Be sure to choose a pair that's comfortable and flattering. If you'll be doing a lot of walking, look for a light-weight denim that won't weigh you down. And if you're hoping to dress up for a nice dinner out, a dark wash denim will always do the trick.
These would be perfect:
A light jacket is always a good idea to pack for Macau, even if the weather is forecast to be warm. You never know when the weather will change or you'll end up in an air-conditioned place. They're also useful for protection from the sun and wind. And of course, it can get chilly in the evenings. But not all light jackets are created equal. For example, denim jackets are great for everyday wear but they're not always packable because they can be bulky. A better option is something like a nylon windbreaker which can be rolled up into a small bundle.
These are some of my favorites:
Shorts are one of the most versatile and essential items in any travel wardrobe. They can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, and they're perfect for dealing with hot weather. Plus, they're easy to pack and don't take up much space in your suitcase. Just make sure to pack a few different colors and styles so you'll have something to wear for different occasions.
These would be perfect:
Shirts or tunics
Shirts or tunics are one of the most versatile and easy-to-wear items you can pack for Macau. They can be dressed up or down, and they work well in a variety of settings, from the beach to the city. When choosing shirts or tunics for your trip, look for ones that are made from lightweight fabrics such as linen or cotton. These fabrics will help keep you cool and comfortable in the warm weather.
I found these which would all work great:
A maxi dress is the perfect Macau staple. It's comfortable, flattering, and can be dressed up or down to suit any occasion. Whether you're exploring or just relaxing, a maxi dress will keep you cool and stylish all day long. It's also a great way to cover up for modesty if you need to (simply add a long-sleeved cardigan over the top). And packing a maxi dress is a breeze—simply roll it up and tuck it into your suitcase. When choosing a maxi dress, look for one made from lightweight fabric such as linen or cotton. Avoid bold prints and opt for simple colors that can be easily accessorized.
Here are some of my favorites:
What should men wear in Macau?
For guys, here's the list of essentials I recommend you start with: jeans or khakis, button-down shirts or polos, loafers or dress shoes, stylish hat, and loose-fitting clothing. With these in your suitcase, I guarantee you will enjoy your trip to Macau in comfort and style.
Jeans or khakis
Jeans or khakis are surprisingly versatile when traveling. They can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion, and they're perfect for cool evenings or air-conditioned restaurants and shops. When choosing jeans or khakis, look for comfortable styles with a bit of stretch. Darker washes tend to be more versatile, but feel free to pack a pair in a light denim or white if you know you'll have the opportunity to wear them.
These options are both stylish and comfy:
Button-down shirts or polos
Button-down shirts or polos are always a good idea to pack. They don't wrinkle easily and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. They're also perfect for layering when the weather gets cooler at night. Pick ones that are comfortable and breathable, and ideally lightweight too. It's also a good idea to choose neutral colors like white, black, or blue as they can be easily teamed with other pieces in your wardrobe.
Don't have anything suitable? Grab one of these:
Loafers or dress shoes
While most people focus on packing their casual clothes and shoes for travel, it's important to remember to pack a pair or two of dressier shoes as well. Loafers and dress shoes can come in handy for a number of different occasions, from wedding receptions to nights out on the town. And while you might not want to spend a lot of money on shoes that you'll only be wearing occasionally, it's still worth investing in a good quality pair that will be comfortable and last for years to come.
Why not treat yourself before you go:
A good hat can be the difference between a great Macau trip and a terrible one. Not only do hats help you look your best in photos, but they also make you feel more confident and put-together as you explore, adding a touch of style to any outfit. To choose the right hat, consider both function and fashion. A wide-brimmed straw hat is perfect for protecting your face from the sun (this is a good idea in all weather!) while a trilby is ideal for nights out on the town. No matter what your plans are in Macau, just know there's a hat for the occasion.
These are some of my favorites:
When packing for Macau, it's important to choose clothing that will keep you cool and comfortable. Loose-fitting clothes are ideal, as they allow air to circulate around your body and help to regulate your temperature. Look for lightweight fabrics such as cotton or linen, which will help you to stay cool even in the hottest weather. When choosing colors, stick to light shades which will reflect rather than absorb heat. And don't forget to pack a few items that can be mixed and matched to create different looks. With a little planning, you can ensure that you'll be comfortable and stylish no matter what the weather is like on your trip.
Any of these should work:
When is the best time to go to Macau?
The best time to go to Macau is during the country's dry season, which runs from roughly October to March. During this period, the weather is generally dry and sunny, making it ideal for exploring everything Macau has to offer. That said, you can often avoid the crowds and find a great bargain on hotels and airfares outside of the peak season—the only real downside is getting caught in the occasional monsoon downpour.
How do people typically dress in Macau?
The typical dress in Macau is casual and comfortable. You will see light, airy clothing everywhere thanks to the heat and humidity. Many people wear shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. Local fashions often include brightly colored clothing and sometimes also beachwear.
What should you NOT wear in Macau?
There are no specific restrictions on what you should wear in Macau. It's fine to dress casually when out and about, although it's still important to be respectful of cultural norms—especially when visiting sites of historical or religious significance. Some places may have their own dress code, so be sure to follow any local guidelines.
I hope these recommendations for what to wear in Macau will help make your visit unforgettable. Now that you have a better idea of what clothing to take, it's time to pack your suitcase—and then go ahead and enjoy everything Macau has to offer!