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Arrive prepared so you can make the most of your trip with this packing list for Taiwan.

When you’re deciding what to pack for Taiwan, it’s better to go with the “more is less” approach. Taiwan’s manageable weather doesn’t call for any specialist clothing, except perhaps a good pair of walking shoes (we’ll get to that). More importantly, though, you won’t want to arrive with an overflowing case.

The real challenge in packing for a trip to Taiwan will be leaving enough space for your return journey. Shopping opportunities in Taipei pop up as frequently as the 7/11 convenience stores – several times on every street. Make sure you leave at least a little room to fill, even if you don’t think you’ll need it.

Keeping this in mind, let’s take a look at what you should pack for Taiwan. And good news – it’s a really easy country to pack for!

 


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What to pack for Taiwan

Packing for Taiwan is pretty straightforward. You’ll want a mix of everything you’d normally pack, chosen to suit the season.

Once you have that, you’re almost there! There are just a few little extras you’ll want to have (trust me on these!). I’ve split them down by category to make it as easy as can be.
 

 

Clothing & what to wear in Taiwan

Taiwan is a perfect mix of vibrant cities and natural settings. Unless you plan on staying in Taipei, you’ll need to pack for both.

The Taiwanese dress fairly casually and, usually, quite modestly. Packing clothes that are casual – but not overly casual – and comfortable won’t make you stick out as a tourist.

With this in mind, you can pretty much pack whatever you want. (I told you packing for Taiwan is easy!)

That said, here are a few items you’ll definitely want to add to your packing list.


Rain jacket

Although the weather is generally quite mild, it can rain at any time in Taiwan. Avoid getting caught in an unexpected shower by carrying a rain jacket with you. A fold-up raincoat like this one will easily do the trick without taking up loads of space. 



Hiking shoes

Outside of the cities, Taiwan has endless hiking opportunities. If you want to enjoy them, make sure you pack a pair of hiking shoes. If possible, a waterproof pair would be best. 

Even if you’re not a fan of hiking, it’s a good idea to pack a pair of walking shoes. If you want to see some of the coolest places in Taiwan, there will be a fair amount of walking involved. 

Not only that, but Taipei is a very walkable city – and one that you’ll want to explore by foot. At the very least, bring a pair of comfortable trainers.


Layers

As long as you pack layers, you’ll be totally fine in Taiwan. Temperatures can get pretty hot in the summer, while evenings can be on the chilly side all year round. Generally speaking, though, Taiwan boasts pretty great weather whatever the time of year.

Make sure you have at least a lightweight sweater or cardigan to cover up with. It’ll keep you warm in the evenings between autumn and spring, or shield you from excessive air conditioning in the hot summer months.


RELATED READ: Everything you’ll find in the suitcase I live out of.


Scarf/shawl

If you plan on visiting any of the many temples in Taiwan, you’ll want to cover up a little. 

While Taiwan isn’t as reserved as many other Asian countries, covering your shoulders and knees will show respect. The easiest way to do this is to carry a shawl or scarf with you.


Longer trousers 

It’s also a good idea to stick to loose trousers that cover your knees whatever month you visit Taiwan in. They’ll keep you warm in the cooler months, protect you from the harsh sun in the summer months and keep mosquito bites at a minimum all year round!

 


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Other things to pack for Taiwan

Once your Taiwan outfits are sorted, it’s time to make sure you have everything else you need.

Here are some things worth adding to your packing list because you won’t want to be without them!


Travel insurance 

Travel insurance in an essential wherever in the world you go (even if you don’t think it is!). 

It’s saved my butt on more than one occasion, so it’s something that’s just not worth scrimping on (or not spending at all!).

I use World Nomads insurance because it covers more than most and I’ve seen first-hand how easy their claims process is. And if you’ve ever made an insurance claim before, you’ll know just how much of a difference that can make.

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RELATED READ: Why use World Nomads insurance?


Cash/card

You can use your card to pay in most places in Taiwan, especially in Taipei. If you haven’t already, make sure you have a card that’s good for travel so you save on exchange rates.

You can see a full list of the cards and accounts I use in this post.

You’ll also want to carry some cash at all times in Taiwan. Whether you stumble across a bubble tea stall or want to try some tasty street food at one of Taipei’s incredible night markets, you’ll want to have some Taiwan dollars on you for ad hoc buys.



Waterproof day pack

Given the unpredictable weather, it’s a good idea to choose a waterproof day pack for your trip to Taiwan. If you don’t want to compromise on style – and fit in with the locals – there are plenty of practical options like these:

If, like me, you usually carry a camera bag, a waterproof cover is a smart thing to pack. My Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II has one built-in, but I’ve used this one in the past with no problems. And if it can survive Iceland in January, it’ll be fine for Taiwan.


READ MORE: All of the photography gear I travel with.


Power adapter 

Like many nearby countries, such as the Philippines and Japan, Taiwan uses Type A and Type B plug sockets. Unless you’re travelling from a country using these plug types, you will need an adapter.

Travel tip: You may also need an adapter even if your home country uses these plug types. Some plug sockets only take the 2-pin ungrounded plugs, so you may still need an adapter for some hotel rooms if your electronics use a type B (3-pin) plug.

It’s always good to have a universal adapter like this one wherever you travel and never risk getting caught out.


RELATED READ: 10 things to know before visiting Taiwan. 


SIM Card/WiFi hotspot

WiFi is generally fast in Taiwan, but it isn’t always easy to find. 

While it’s sometimes nice to switch off, Taiwan is the kind of place where having WiFi is super useful. Uber is one of the easiest ways to get around and maximise your travel time, and it’s possible to buy tickets to many things online. 

Save yourself the hassle of trying to find (and connect to!) WiFi by bringing your own. If your SIM card doesn’t cover Taiwan, you can buy one online before you go and collect it at the airport for free.

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Alternatively, pocket WiFis are easy to use and allow you to connect multiple devices, meaning your whole group can use just one device. You can read more about what to look for in this guide, but I recommend SkyRoam for Taiwan.

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Taipei night market


 

Useful things to pack for Taiwan

While these things aren’t quite so essential as everything listed above, you probably won’t regret packing them. If you have space in your suitcase, here are some extras so consider.

Umbrella

Something you’ll notice always instantly when you arrive in Taiwan is that almost everybody carries an umbrella. You might not even think to take one out with you while the sun is shining, but don’t get caught out. 

If you’re staying in Taipei, an umbrella is really all you need to stay dry. You can skip the rain jacket if you like, although it’s always handy to have. 

Even though an umbrella is essential in Taiwan, you don’t necessarily need to pack one. If you have a travel umbrella, it’s a good idea to bring it. Otherwise, you can always pick one up at a convenience store when you arrive.


Visual dictionary 

Unless you speak Mandarin Chinese, the language barrier can be a struggle in Taiwan.

A visual dictionary will become your best friend when trying to get around Taiwan, especialy in the areas where little English is spoken.



A refillable water bottle

The tap water in Taiwan is safe to drink, so there’s no need to waste plastic by buying bottles every day. Most areas also have public water fountains where you can refill through the day, too.

After trying lots of water bottles, I always travel with my trusty Hyrdoflask.


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