November 10, 2023|Lifestyle

What to Pack on Your Trip to Charleston

When you plan a visit to Charleston, history, beauty, and Southern charm await you on every corner. With so much to do and see, Charleton has become a destination for travelers across the world. Whether you travel often or once in a blue moon, this guide will ensure you are dressed for success on your trip to Charleston!


While suggestions like “comfortable walking shoes” may not be a surprise on a list like this, one key consideration when visiting Charleston is that you may want to pack a few elevated pieces you might not bring to other, more relaxed destinations. The Restaurant at Zero George maintains a “smart casual” dress code, so if you plan to eat at our award-winning restaurant you will want to bring at least one outfit that is elevated. Additionally, locals and visitors alike tend to dress up for their day-to-day activities, even if it’s just a stroll. Finally, don’t shy away from color! Charleston is a vibrant city, and locals tend to dress the part regardless of season. Keep these general notes in mind when you pack for your trip.


Summer in Charleston is undoubtedly hot and humid. While there may be a bit of a sea breeze every now and then, be prepared for humidity! Light, airy clothing in breathable fabric like linen will be your best bet.

Charleston is a walkable city, although sometimes the cobblestone streets or old, narrow sidewalks may make you think otherwise. Not to mention that one major perk of your stay at Zero George is that bikes are included! Comfortable walking (and biking!) shoes are a must.

If you are looking to take advantage of the sun for a beach day at Isle of Palms, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s, or even Kiawah, you will obviously want to pack beach attire like a swimsuit. The intensity of the sun in Charleston can sneak up on you – one major tip is to bring a hat to help shade your face. Additionally, Charleston’s beach towns all boast streets of restaurants and little shops that are fun to explore. With this in mind, bring a cover-up so that you feel comfortable transitioning between the beach and exploring.

Charleston’s sunny, summer days often give way to afternoon and evening storms. Consider bringing a light raincoat or shoes that you are okay getting wet.


In the spring and fall, expect temperatures in the 60s-70s, with cooler mornings and afternoons that feel warm. If visiting Charleston during these transitional months, make sure you bring lighter layers like denim jackets, cardigans, and Barbour coats.


While it doesn’t typically snow in Charleston, winters can certainly feel cold. With all of the moisture in the air, Charleston winters have a wet-cold feel to them. Packable puffers, jeans, sweaters, and boots will help you feel comfortable in and around Charleston when traveling in the colder months.


At the end of the day, you will look your best in clothes you feel good in! If you’d like to buy something while you’re in town, check out our favorite clothing boutiques here. Safe travels and we hope you enjoy your trip to our city.

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