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Travelling and Clothing Colours

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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

When I finished another post I remembered two things that I have been told about what colours to wear and I think it would be a good idea to share some knowledge as to what to wear and what to avoid in certain situations (they can turn out to be lifethreatening - see below)

- RED: If you're going on a Safari in Africa avoid red! There was an instant on a previous group on the Conservation project I was on where a girl got charged by an Elephant because she had a red backpack on. Only due to the intervention of a team member who ran in, pulled the backpack off her and threw it away she got away without any injuries!
Also Red Cars: I've been told by a guy in Customer Services in a Car Rental company that they had an insurance claim because a customer drove into a National Park in South Africa with a red car despite warnings by the local staff. He got attack by Buffaloes and the car was wrecked!

- BLUE: more harmless, but still potentially dangerous. Mosquitoes are attracted by the colour blue, so avoid wearing blue in Mosquito affected areas.

I am sure there are other people who can come up with more 'Colour Code'

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

What about plaid?

Or Hawaiian shirts???? I've only been attacked once while wearing a Hawaiian shirt.....but I'm married to the attacker, so.....

3. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Not that it will save you from charging rhinos, but black is sliming in photos, but can be a pain if going anywhere dusty as the dust shows up quite readily. When doing dusty travel, I like to go with either grey or beige.

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting GregW

Not that it will save you from charging rhinos, but black is sliming in photos, but can be a pain if going anywhere dusty as the dust shows up quite readily. When doing dusty travel, I like to go with either grey or beige.

But does you "man-purse" go with each ensemble???

5. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 11y

I was told not to where red on safari so I went and changed into a fluro yellow t-shirt... that seemed to cause just as much unease.

Don't where black if you are going anywhere sunny... black surfaces tend to absorb the heat or something like that...

umm... thats about it, I tend to wear what I want to regardless (unless specifically warned it might kill me)...

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 11y

No bright colors in Russia or Eastern Europe either - they just scream "tourist" and make you a target for robbery.

Wear cheap black pants or old jeans, dark blue and brown sweaters, all very subdued. This way nobody will take you for a tourist - at least as long as you keep your mouth shut.

7. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Travelling or not travelling, I wear either pink or red, and sometimes both.