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What to wear in Singapore Year Round

What to wear in Singapore Year Round

Are you wondering what to wear in Singapore? Singapore has pretty constant weather year round but the combination of heat and humidity can make it a tricky place to pack for. In this guide, we will cover everything from what to wear at Singapore tourist attractions, how to dress like locals and how to dress for dress codes and local culture.

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Weather in Singapore

View of the walkway at the Gardens on the Bay in Singapore
Singapore packing list

No matter what time of year you are visiting Singapore you can expect quite consistent temperatures with highs of around 32C/89.6F and lows of 25C/77F no matter the month you visit.

Singapore is also a pretty rainy place no matter when you travel with on average anywhere between 6 to 15 days of rain each month depending on the month. Traditionally December is the wettest month in Singapore with February and March being drier months.

For this reason it is always a good idea to prepare for rain when packing for Singapore.

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Singapore Dress Codes

Most places in Singapore do not have a formal dress code. There will be some more upscale restaurants in the city that may have smart casual dress codes, but for the most part dress codes shouldn’t be your primary concern when packing for Sigapore.

Tips for how to dress in Singapore in Summer

Woman sat on the floor in long dress at the entrance to the Gardens of the Bay in Singapore
What to wear in Singapore

Anyone who has lived in or visited Singapore will tell you that heat and high humidity have to the primary concern of your packing list. For this reason you should stick to lots of natural fabrics such as linen, silk and cotton to help cope with the weather conditions. Man made fabrics will not be your friend in Singapore.

It is also a good idea to have a top layer with you for going inside restaurants and malls where there is likely to be fierce air conditioning.

And finally, it is worth always having some waterproof shoes and a very lightweight waterproof jacket with you in Singapore in case you get can’t in one of teh famous Singapore downpours.

What to wear in Singapore Year Round

Woman with back to camera looking at the Singapore skyline
What to wear in Singapore (packing list)

Maxi Dresses and Skirts

A Maxi dress is a staple of my Singapore packing lists. I try and pick one made of a natural fabric such as cotton so it is more breathable.

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It might sound strange to be heading to a country that is renowned for hot and humid weather daytimes but I recommend taking a cardigan but I am.

The reason is because the indoor venues in Singapore have strong air conditioning.

T Shirts / blouse

A T Shirt / blouse made of natural fabric is a great staple especially for days where you will spending lots of time outside such as at the Gardens on the Bay, Singapore Zoo or at theme parks on Sentosa.

Linen Trousers

If you do plan on going to some more upscale restaurants we recommend packing a smarter pair of linen trousers to pair with a blouse. These will keep you cool but also be stylish enough for places with dress codes.


With the heat and humidity a dip in a pool can be a great way to cool off after a day of sightseeing. And a great thing about Singapore is that you can wear whatever style you like – one piece or bikini.


Shorts are a good pick for Singapore especially for beaches on Sentosa and for days exploring outdoor venues. Running shorts and quick dry shorts are a great pick in the heat.


Sandals are a great pick for Singapore. I like to pick a pair that are good for walking but can also be used in more upscale restaurants and bars like Raffles where you may need a smart casual outfit.


Our go to brands are:

  • Hoka,
  • Sketchers Go Walks or
  • All Birds

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Flip Flops

Although the most important shoes for Singapore are definitely sandals and sneakers, you may also want to pack a pair of flip flops with you for wondering around the pool and beach.

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This goes without saying.


For any trip to Singapore whatever time of year you are traveling we recommend taking a pashmina as it is a handy extra layer if you are somewhere with lots of air con.


Sun hat

The sun is very strong in Singapore so to protect your face from the sun while walking around the city and for hanging out on the beach.

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Sun safety in Singapore is very important so be sure to pack a good pair of sunglasses that have good UV Protection.

What to Pack for Singapore for Men

If you are a man traveling to Singapore then you will want to pack:

Cotton / Linen Pants

These are better for dealing with the heat

T Shirts

T Shirts are appropriate throughout Singapore for men.


Shorts are great for anyone who wants to spend time outdoors in Singapore.


While T shirts are appropriate in most public places, button down shirts should be added to your packing list if you plan on eating at some of Singapore’s fine dining establishments.


Sandals are appropriate for men as well as women.


Sneakers are great for the days you plan on doing lots of walking in Singapore.

Flip Flops

Again if you are at the beach and hotel, you may if you have room want to add some flip flops to your packing list too.

Singapore Packing List (non clothing)

Now we have covered the clothes you should pack for Singapore, we will look at the non-clothing items to put on your Singapore packing list:

  • Documents
  • Suncream
  • Insect Repellant
  • Aloe Vera
  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • Toiletries
  • Medication and their related prescriptions
  • First Aid Kit
  • Water bottle – it is important to stay hydrated in Dubai
  • Cooling Towel
  • Quick Dry Towel


What to wear to the Gardens by the Bay in Singapore?

There is no dress code at Gardens by the Bay however given you will be outside in hot and humid weather it is best to wear lots of loose clothing made of natural fabric.

Is there a dress code for Marina Bay Sands?

If you plan on visiting Marina Bay Sands please be mindful that there is a smart casual dress code.

What else would you add to this Singapore packing list?