Since I’m still in a drawing obsession, I thought I’d illustrate a packing guide for Taipei, as this is where I’m settled for the rest of fall and into winter. (Mainly, I just wanted to draw some clothes and other girly things :P.)
I think fall is a lovely time to visit Taipei (just make sure it’s past typhoon season!). The weather is cooler, there’s a nice breeze, and the sun is not so harsh. It’s still a bit humid, but completely bearable without the added discomfort of a blazing sun.
Soooo, what to pack? Below, you’ll find my recommendations, guaranteed to make you fit in with the locals! Some of these items are my tried and true, while some are what I wish I had.
1. A pair of flats | Flats are my everyday go-to shoes, and I love love love the Crocs Adrina jelly flats!! These are hands down the most comfortable (and durable) shoes I’ve ever owned. These have accompanied me all over the world, including to the Great Wall! I was devastated when I accidentally left mine behind in Los Angeles (despite them having completely faded), but no worries, another pair is on its way to me! In black, this time :)
2. An anorak | It is still quite humid in fall, so you may find that a light jacket is all you need to keep warm. An anorak will fit in with the local girls perfectly! I paired it here with a navy striped tee. Just pack a few layers, including a long sleeve, and you’ll be fine.
3. A purse | Pretty self-explanatory… what girl would leave the house without a purse? I selected a very bohemian fringed one, as I see so many of these cute bags at local night markets.
4. Hair accessories | Go as wild as you want in this category! Anything goes in Taipei… big bows, headbands, flower clips, bunny ear scrunchies…
5. A little dress | As it’s still a little warm, I’m getting a lot of uses out of my dresses. Slip on a pair of semi-opaque black tights underneath for slightly cooler weather. This one here is a romantic, flowy, gauzy little black dress with cut-out shoulders I spotted at my local night market (and kind of regret not purchasing).
6. Black leggings | It may be cold some days, but since it’s still humid, I do not want to put on jeans. Leggings will always be my bottom of choice. I absolutely love mine from American Apparel. Almost two years and still looks brand new. (But winter could get pretty cold, so pack those jeans as well!)
7. Makeup | Most girls in Taipei don’t wear much makeup. You’ll probably find that all you need is some eyeliner, mascara, and colored chapstick (I love the Fresh Sugar butter sticks). Also, don’t forget moisturizer! My favorite is Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil.
8. An umbrella | You never know when it’s going to rain during this season, so be prepared with a small purse umbrella. Okay, to be honest, I have a rain shell so I don’t pack an umbrella (and my airbnb provides them), but I couldn’t resist drawing a cute umbrella! And since this is Taipei, you can go as cute as you want! A cute umbrella is actually a good accessory for any season in Taipei, because girls use it to shield the sun also.
9. A camera | To take pictures of your amazing Taiwan adventures, of course. :) I recently bought the Cannon Powershot G7 and I LOVE it! It’s the perfect pocket size but has all these amazing features like a pro camera.
10. Walkable sneakers | Taipei and the surrounding areas have a ton of hiking locations, so you’ll want some comfy walking shoes. These colorful Onitsuka Tiger Serranos are another recent purchase and new love. Sneakers have never been so fun!
11. Sunglasses | Taipei is quite overcast at this time, but I still can’t go without packing sunglasses. I’m a Ray-Ban Wayfarers girl all the way… another item I accidentally left behind in Los Angeles and immediately had to replace!
12. A puffer | Since winter in Taipei could get unpredictably cold, it’s smart to pack a warmer jacket. My pick is a puffer (Uniqlo sells a few puffer styles in a crazy assortment of colors at very reasonable prices) since it’s super light, very warm, and practically packs down to nothing.
13. Smart phone | Another obvious one… Make sure to download the Line app, since it’s the locals’ favorite way of communicating!
What else would you add?
P.S. For a better guide of what to pack when visiting Taiwan, check out Ink + Adventure’s very detailed guide.
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P.P.P.S. Illustration done with ink on paper and digital color.