What should you pack for a trip to Cape Town?

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Janelle Schroeder

No matter which time of year you visit, Cape Town is consistently casual. If it’s summer in the southern hemisphere, you should pack lightweight clothing and sun protection like a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. During the rainy fall and winter seasons, don’t forget a rain jacket, which will protect you from the blowing rain better than an umbrella. Comfortable shoes are a year-round must, because Cape Town is a city that’s easy to navigate on foot. For nighttime, men are safe with shorts and a collared shirt at most locations and women are seen in everything from cotton dresses to sequined shorts. Unless you plan on hitting one of the city’s upscale dance clubs, leave the heels behind.

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