What to pack for Bogotá, Colombia + 5 tips from someone who lives there

Seeing as how I never thought I’d travel to Bogota, when the tickets were booked for a trip in December, my huge question was: what do I pack? Fortunately, we have friends living and working in Colombia (shout out to Narcos on Netflix!). So we reached out to them to get some tips on what to pack for a trip to Bogota.

Here are the super-helpful tips from our friend Shelly, who’s lived there for a while, which really helped me figured out what to pack for Bogota…

What to wear while in Bogota:

Okay, so safety is important. We have heard and been close to people that have had their phones, money, and/or jewelry taken right off of them. BUT don’t be scared you can avoid this by making a few small changes…

No jewelry. I know it sucks, but just think of it as a beacon of light screaming, “guess what else I have!” If you must have some kind of jewelry make it the cheap-y kind — I wear a $20 necklace to go out.

As far as a purse goes I would suggest a crossover (cross body) purse. Be sure that the purse has zipper to close all openings. I am not very good with purses (I tend to leave them lying around) so I got myself a fancy version of a fanny pack. Its a pouch that I loop through my own belt. I love it, but the fanny pack look takes some getting use to.

Make sure your jacket has at least one zippered pocket. Make sure your phone and wallet fit into this zippered pocket. We just got my boyfriend a great one with four zip pockets at Zara.

Lastly think layers as far as dressing goes. Maybe a tank or short sleeve shirt on the bottom with a scarf sweater and jacket. Jeans are perfect for everything here.

No open toe shoes. As a Miami girl, I brought a bunch of them and never use them. Boots boots boots.

Clearly my color palette is of blacks and greys, feel free to wear more color than I do. ;)

Clearly my color palette is of blacks and greys, feel free to wear more color than I do. BONUS: Most of these things can be either purchased from Amazon or Target right now.

Based on that info, here’s what I packed, wore, and used in Bogota:

  • There’s a reason Zella calls these live-in leggings, because you can live in them and nothing else forever. They’re comfortable, look great, ideal for working out or wearing out and about, because they are cut from a moisture-wicking knit and sewn with flatlock seaming for a comfortable, chafe-free fit. They can be dressed up or down.

  • I brought 5 of these layering tank tops from Target in black or grey.

  • One light long-sleeved shirt

  • One sweater.

  • Two long-sleeved button down flannel shirts that I wore as light jackets

  • I brought three different waterproof jackets, which was over-kill. I should have just brought this one, which is light (layers are your friend!), water resistant, and could look dressy if paired with heels. Or this Calvin Klein super-light, down jacket that comes with a bag you can smoosh it into to portability.

  • One light infinity scarf — this was probably my most useful layer! Easy to take on an off, and easily tied around my purse when I wasn’t wearing it.

  • I actually brought 4 or 5 chunky knee socks, but wish I had just brought 1 or 2 leg warmers like these that a) would have taken up less room, and b) would have been easy for me to remove as I got hotter as the day wore on.

  • One little black cotton dress.

The smaller inside zippered pocket was the perfect place to keep credit cards and cash!

The smaller inside zippered pocket was the perfect place to keep credit cards and cash!

  • This cross body purse with a main zipper, even more secure inside zipper (for money and credit cards), that could also be a clutch, with a strap that I kept my hand on while I walked through crowds. It fit everything I needed for a night out, and it worked perfectly!

Anyone else have packing tips for Bogota?

4 thoughts on “What to pack for Bogotá, Colombia + 5 tips from someone who lives there

  1. KathyRo

    I think these are good ideas for practically anywhere! ( Or at least anywhere there’s a mild winter. )
    Glad to see you having a good time.

    1. meganfinley Post author

      Yeah, this is also basically what I packed for Paris in late Spring. Except for more fashionable boots and a much larger purse. 😉

      But for both trips I travelled light, re-wore a few things a couple times, and was perfectly happy!

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