What to Wear
Medellin has a subtropical climate with temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-80s Fahrenheit (18-29 degrees celsius) throughout the year. Here are a few tips for what to wear in Medellin:
Dress modestly and appropriately for the weather. The local Paisas are generally well-dressed and groomed at all times, and it's common to see them wearing long pants and a shirt, even on hot days.
Sweaters and jackets are not typically necessary due to the generally warm weather, except in the evening when the sun has set and it gets a little cooler
It's a good idea to bring an umbrella, as the weather can be unpredictable and rain is common.
In general, shorts, tank tops, and flip flops are not well-regarded in Medellin and may make you stand out as a tourist.
To avoid drawing unwanted attention dress in a way that is similar to how you would at home.
While there is usually no formal dress code for entry into bars and clubs, it's expected that you make an effort with your appearance.
A nice pair of trainers is a good choice for going out, as flip flops and sandals are generally not considered appropriate.
A suit may be appropriate for business or a wedding, but it's not necessary for going out in Medellin.
To keep valuables safe, it's a good idea to store cameras in a concealed bag rather than wearing them around your neck and leave any valuable jewelry and watches at home.
Personal hygiene is important to consider when traveling to Colombia.
Colombians place a high value on cleanliness and may shower multiple times a day. Colombians may have the perception that backpackers (and therefore all tourists) don't wash frequently and smell bad, so a little bit of grooming can go a long way in making a good impression. Don't leave home without the deodorant and where possible carry a small travel deodorant with you to keep yourself smelling fresh throughout the day.
For both men and women, it's a good idea to make a little effort with your appearance when going out in public. Women may wear makeup, even to the gym. Men often shave all of their body hair and it's normal for men to have manicures and pedicures (although this is not a requirement).
Wearing clean shoes is also important, especially when trying to impress a date, as dirty shoes can be seen as equivalent to having unbrushed teeth.
Packing for Colombia
Colombia is a country with a diverse climate and a range of landscapes, from the tropical coast to the cooler Andean mountains. With this in mind, it's important to pack appropriately for your trip. Here are a few tips for what to wear in Colombia:
Light, breathable clothing is a must for the hot, humid weather found in many parts of the country. This is especially true for coastal regions, where temperatures can be quite high. Pack lightweight pants, tops, and dresses made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen.
Bring layers for cooler weather, especially if you'll be visiting the mountains. The temperature can drop significantly at higher elevations, so it's a good idea to pack a sweater or jacket for the evenings.
Comfortable shoes are a must for exploring the country. Colombia has a mix of urban and rural areas, so you'll likely be doing a bit of walking. Pack a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes that can handle different terrain.
Consider the culture and customs of the places you'll be visiting. In general, Colombians dress modestly, so it's a good idea to avoid clothing that is too revealing.
Overall, the key is to pack versatile, comfortable clothing that can handle the varying weather and activities you'll encounter during your trip.