[quote=“email@example.com”]Since you are not in Taiwan yet, let me make a few recommendations about the clothes you will bring with you for work.
You are right that polos and nice khakis are the best choice for teaching. When you are going through your closet or shopping for supplies, keep in mind that Taiwan is very hot most of the year and humid all year. You should bring only cotton clothes and it should be thin cotton. For example, I have found that cheaper khakis are sometimes a better deal for bringing here because they are make with thinner material.
It’s hot, but don’t buy oversized clothes because you will probably thin out a bit here. Also, many people don’t have clothes dryers and prefer to use the sun to dry clothes, so you might not need to worry about cheap cotton clothes shrinking. Ironing is not necessary if you fold well.
Be prepared to sweat in your clothes. I think sometimes neutral colors tend to look okay when they are damp, which they will be all of the time here in Taiwan.
Shorts, (like khaki shorts or cargo shorts) are okay for teaching kids in many cases, but if you have hairy or pearly white legs, then you might need some protection from curious little hands.
Levi’s or jeans are okay during our short winter, and they go quite well with a polo.
Some classrooms will have strong air conditioning, and you will be a bit chilly coming in from the humid air into the school or classroom. This is also true about most public buildings, convenience stores, and cafes. You will probably catch a cold in your second or third week here, which we just call a “seasonal adjustment”. For teaching you can prepare layers (light layers).
Bring some nice shoes, such as your leather sports or casual shoes that you can wear while teaching and in a bit more formal situations. Maybe some short hikers or casual shoes. Get these at home where you can be sure to get the right size according to what you are used to. Casual shoes, slippers, sandals, and fun shoes can be easily found here.
Bring a rain jacket. A light rain jacket or windbreaker.
If you have any odd sizes, special tastes, or allergies, prepare all of that stuff before you come. Pack lightly but wisely.
Have a nice trip![/quote]
Thanks for the great post. I have a nice rain jacket and rain pants that I have used for backpacking and hiking. I will keep all of these things in mind when picking up some new clothes, shoes, and sorting through my closet. Thanks everybody else for your posts too.