Published: March 28th 2012March 28th 2012
There are a few things that should be taken into consideration when visiting Sri Lanka
. The country has a tropical climate and a high percentage of the population is Buddhist. Therefore your choice of clothing should not only be appropriate for the weather but also show respect for the beliefs and traditions of the locals.
Sri Lankan people tend to generally wear European-style clothing, usually in loose cotton or breathable fabrics and it would be advisable to follow their lead. The best and most appropriate style of clothing for those who are not used to hot climates would be lightweight, loose fitting and made of natural materials such as linen, silk and cotton.
You could, if you wish, opt for modern, breathable fabrics, but always try to stick to long sleeves as they will offer you some extra protection from the hot sun. Lighter-coloured items of clothing also work best to reflect the sun. Another advantage of lighter fabrics is that they are easy to wash and they dry very quickly. Of course, other absolutely essential items to remember are sun cream and sunglasses