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Got a Trip Planned to Nigeria? Here’s What to Wear

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Got a trip planned to Nigeria? Nigeria can be fun to visit any time of year, but you'll want to make sure you're dressed right. The weather is hot and a little humid with muggy evenings year-round, with temperatures averaging around 89°F (that's 32°C). So what should you wear so you can stay comfy and fit in with the local vibe?

To stay cool in the heat, it's important to wear light and airy clothing. Cotton, linen, and technical fabrics are all good choices. And don't forget to pack a pair of sandals or lightweight sneakers. With a comfortable pair of shoes, you'll be able to explore everything Federal Republic of Nigeria has to offer without foot fatigue.

In just a second, I'll share my specific recommendations for exactly what to wear in Nigeria—whether you're visiting Olumo Rock, exploring the Zuma Rock, or going to the Nok Village.

Editor's note: Nigeria 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 to wear for a trip to Nigeria

What should women wear in Nigeria?

Nigeria is generally hot, and there are a few key items you'll want to pack. Here's what I definitely wouldn't go without: cute sundresses, lightweight comfortable shoes, shorts, cropped pants, and sandals. With these essentials, you’ll be all set to experience everything Nigeria has to offer.

Cute sundresses

Packing for a trip can be tricky, especially if you're trying to pack light. However, one item that is always worth packing is a cute sundress. Sundresses are not only incredibly versatile, but they also tend to be very comfortable in hot weather. For instance, you can wear a sundress to the beach as a coverup, or dress it up with some jewelry for a nice dinner out. Plus, sundresses come in such a wide range of styles, so it's easy to find one that flatters your figure. When shopping for a sundress, look for one that is made from breathable fabric and has a flattering cut. And don't forget to pack a cardigan or shawl to go with it in case it gets chilly in the evening.

Need some inspiration? Start here:

Lightweight comfortable shoes

Traveling can be tough on your feet. You're constantly on the move, walking through airports and down crowded streets. And even if you're just sitting on a plane or in a car, your feet can start to swell after hours of being confined in one position. That's why it's important to pack comfortable, lightweight shoes that won't add too much weight to your luggage. But how do you know which shoes are right for Nigeria? Look for ones made from breathable materials like mesh or canvas. They should also have good arch support and a cushioned sole to help reduce fatigue.

Here are some of my favorites:

Shorts

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.

Why not treat yourself before you go:

Cropped pants

Cropped pants might not be the first thing you would think to pack on a trip to Nigeria. But they can actually be extremely versatile and practical. For example, if you're going hiking, cropped pants will allow you to move freely while giving you more coverage than shorts. They will also keep you cool and comfortable. And of course, cropped pants can be dressed up or down as needed. Just make sure to choose a pair that is made from breathable fabric and that has a comfortable fit.

If you're stuck for ideas, here are some of my favorites:

Sandals

While many people think of sandals as nothing more than summertime shoes, they can actually be a versatile and practical option for year-round travel to warmer destinations. For one thing, they're comfortable and easy to wear, which is ideal for exploring Nigeria. They also offer good ventilation, which is important in hot weather. Just bear in mind that sandals should provide good support for your feet and ankles, which you need to help to prevent injuries.

Why not grab yourself something new before you go:

What should men wear in Nigeria?

For guys, here's the list of essentials I recommend you start with: stylish hat, shirts or tunics, sneakers or loafers, shorts, and loose-fitting clothing. With these in your suitcase, I guarantee you will enjoy your trip to Nigeria in comfort and style.

Stylish hat

A good hat can be the difference between a great Nigeria 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 Nigeria, just know there's a hat for the occasion.

Here are some of my favorites:

Shirts or tunics

Shirts or tunics are one of the most versatile and easy-to-wear items you can pack for Nigeria. 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:

Sneakers or loafers

Sneakers or loafers are essential for visiting Nigeria. They're comfortable, versatile, and easy to pack. And, when you're on your feet all day, they can help prevent aches and pains. But how do you know which sneakers or loafers to pack? If you'll be doing a lot of walking, opt for a sneaker with good arch support and cushioning. And don't forget style! Sneakers and loafers come in countless colors and designs, so pick something that goes with the rest of your outfits.

Any of these should work:

Shorts

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.

Why not treat yourself before you go:

Loose-fitting clothing

When packing for Nigeria, 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.

Here's a few ideas to get you started:

FAQs

When is the best time to go to Nigeria?

The best time to go to Nigeria 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 Nigeria 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 Nigeria?

The way people dress in Nigeria varies widely depending on the region and the cultural influences present. In some areas, traditional dress is still widely worn, while in others, more modern styles have become popular. However, there are some commonalities when it comes to fashion in Nigeria. Bright colors are often abundant, as are patterns and prints. Fabrics such as cotton and linen are very common, as they are both comfortable and practical in the hot climate.

What should you NOT wear in Nigeria?

There are no specific restrictions on what you should wear in Nigeria. 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 Nigeria 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 Nigeria has to offer!