Choosing what to pack for Cape Town in summer can be challenging.
Cape Town is known for its world-class nightlife, a thriving cultural scene, foodie delights, and sun-soaked beaches, this city has it all!
With such a diverse array of options, how do you jam everything you need into a single suitcase?
Packing for Cape Town Tips
It’s recommended to take a little bit of everything…
- You need to consider what you will be doing while you’re there.
- You need to check the weather forecast.
- You want comfy style by day, glamorous attire for brunch, and sexy outfits for nights out in the town.
- It’s all about colours that pop. Bright, tropical hues like pinks, oranges, and reds look beautiful by the beach or pool. So does white. Make bold your colour scheme.
Cape Town Packing List
The key thing for either time of year is to bring a series of clothing you can layer so you can adjust to the climate accordingly.
Pack these must-haves that will have you effortlessly fitting in with the Cape Town scene.
My go-to summer toppers are cardigans or denim jackets, I purchase most of my jackets online – more options, no rush in finding the perfect jacket, and easy exchange/return policies.
When choosing a jacket for your trip, the thickness will depend on the season but it’s good to have a lightweight jacket in summer, moving to a thick water-resistant jacket in winter.
In the summer, days are warm, but nights can get chilly especially if you are near the beach. In the winter, this part of the country gets a lot of rain.
I love athleisure and I’ve started investing in good quality brands that can take you from the gym to errands, or even brunch.
Athleisure= Athletic + Leisure
I love how versatile it is and it’s perfect for Cape Town. A walk around the promenade can turn into brunch or shopping. One must always be ready for an adventure in Cape Town.
Classic Black Sunnies
Dark sunglasses are ideal for everyday use and most outdoor activities. Lately, I’m hiking more and trying out more activities like horse riding and mountain biking.
I’m new to wearing contact lenses, and I know this might sound silly but I feel like my eyes are exposed and not protected when I’m not wearing glasses. I’ve invested in a few pairs of sunnies and I take them everywhere I go!
Short, maxi, fun, and bright coloured dresses are quite popular in Cape Town! They’re perfect for any daytime activities whether you’re going to brunch, exploring museums, or taking a stroll along the beach.
You’ll want to focus on loose-fitting clothes during the day since the heat can be intense. A dress is everything you need to beat the summer heat in style in Cape Town!
Lately, I’m loving one-pieces – there is something undeniably timeless and chic about a one-piece, even the ones that take a dip into the season’s trends like polka dots or stripes.
Outfit Ideas That Scream Cape Town
Are you still looking for some specific outfit ideas? I’ve got you! Here’s what to wear in Cape Town:
Brunching with the Babes
Keep it chic but chill during the day with a crop top paired with a skirt. Block or wedge sandals complete the look. As for colour, choose your adventure: solids, florals, or tropical print.
Even with a bright and colourful dress that makes a statement all on its own, there’s still room for more. Consider adding a pair of statement earrings to your look for that extra pop.
Dress up your denim (shorts or long jeans) with a bodysuit or silk button-down. When you wear denim, you want to go for a top that stands out, perhaps one with unique details – a slight print, or an embroidered pattern.
Sandy in The Sun
A white dress is always a good idea. Whether you are going to the beach or relaxing at the hotel pool. Pair your dress with comfortable sandals and a beach hat.
Cape Town Packing Checklist
Here’s a full list for you to use as a reminder for your trip to Cape Town.
- Cute and comfortable sandals
- Light Jacket
- Chic dresses for dining out.
- Cute espadrille platforms that you can walk and dance all night in (no 5inch heels because though shall not take offeth your shoes and walk barefoot under any circumstances).
- Bold jewelry and accessories.
- Stylish hat.
- Cute sunglasses (duh!)
- Leggings and matching top for outdoor festivities
More than just planning what to bring on a beach vacation, you’ve got to have a well-rounded Cape Town packing list!