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What to Wear in Uruguay?uruguay packing tips

When deciding what to pack for your trip to Uruguay, you should generally plan on taking whatever clothing you would wear in your home country. Uruguayans use standard western clothing that you would find in the US, Europe, etc.

You do need to make sure that you are dressing properly for the climate. Summers can be hot and humid and winters are often cold and rainy.

Here are some packing tips to keep in mind:


  • Look in your own closet. Uruguayans use western dress, so you can likely wear things that you already own.
  • Keep it low key. Depending on where you’re traveling, consider dressing somewhat conservatively. This doesn’t mean you should dress like a nun, but super-tight and low-cut tops should probably be saved for the clubs.
  • Avoid wearing flashy jewelry or other items that would draw too much attention to yourself.
  • Wear simple colors and basic accessories.
  • Uruguayans usually dress pretty casually. Jeans, shorts and t-shirts for men are acceptable as well as jeans, shorts and skirts for women.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you plan to do a lot of walking.
  • Make sure to take a rain jacket and/or umbrella (a good quality one that won’t blow inside out easily).
  • If you are planning to sample the Uruguayan nightlife, take a few fashionable items with you. This applies mostly to those visiting Punta del Este and Montevideo.


  • If you travel in the summer months, you need to be mindful of the sun. The UV rays are particularly strong in this part of South America, so you should wear hats and plenty of sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn and skin damage.
  • Swimsuits: Women usually wear bikinis and men wear board shorts or swimming trunks.
  • Tank-tops, sundresses, shorts, skirts, t-shirts and flip flops (or pick up a pair of Havaianas when you’re there).
  • Take a light jacket or sweater – the temperature may drop at night.


  • Winters are usually cold, humid and oftentimes rainy. Be sure to take wool sweaters, polar fleece pullovers, long-sleeve shirts, turtlenecks and warm pants.
  • Bring your winter coat. Not necessarily a parka, but something that will block the wind and keep you warm.
  • Take a hat, scarf and gloves to be on the safe side.

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