Brazilians go onto the streets as well dressed as they can afford. They expect the same of foreigners. Take comfortable cotton clothes and some items for more formal occasions. On the way to a beach such as Copacabana or Ipanema a Brazilian wears as little as possible. Girls and women wear a bikini over the minikini and a colourful shawl around the hips, which is used as a towel later and sandals on their feet. No one goes topless. The gentlemen stick to swimming trunks with a pair of shorts over them. Valuables such as watches and money are left at home. Beachwear here is certainly not typical for the rest of the country. Brazil is a tropical country, so take thin clothing. For the evenings a high-necked T-shirt with long sleeves or a thin cotton turtleneck sweater as protection against mosquitoes.In the Southern hemisphere’s winter months, nights can be chilly and in Curitiba and Sao Paulo even get cold. We advise you to bring some warm clothes as well. It is better to take too little than too much. If there is anything missing you can purchase it for a song. When the sun is high in the sky it is wise to wear headgear or use an umbrella, and even wiser to stay in the shade during those hours. A raincoat is practical if you travel during the rainy season. A pair of worn-in walking shoes and a pair of slippers is all your feet will need. Additional important things are: sunglasses, suntan lotion, insect repellent, toiletries, towel, first-aid kit, head covering, photo or film equipment and sufficient film, extra batteries, pocket torch, pocket-knife (don’t put this in your hand luggage!), piece of rope/clothesline, alarm clock (which you can wind up or one which runs on batteries), writing materials, books, valid passport, enough cash (euros/dollars), copies of your passport and travel insurance, airplane tickets, travel insurance card including the emergency number; diary with important addresses, travel book. Also, perhaps: toilet paper, tampons, small reading lamp, universal plug and adapter. You can consider taking a mosquito net but hanging it up can be awkward in most hotels. Preferably you will pack all this in an overnight bag or rucksack, not a hard suitcase, because the latter is difficult to transport. A small backpack or shoulder bag is useful for daily hand luggage. Secure your banknotes and other small valuables in a thin money belt, which you can wear underneath your clothes. Try not to pack too much; taking more than 12 kilograms of luggage is not necessary as a rule.