What To Wear In Barbados
To sum it up - Smart and casual
- Smart casual clothes in lightweight natural fabrics will work best - It is warm and sunny but not unbearably hot all year round.
- However the nights tend to be a little cooler and a pashmina or wrap is worth popping in your case.
- Daytime essentials include t-shirts, sarong and shorts as most people spend their time on the beach. And remember your sun hat and sunglasses.
- Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools.
- For evenings, guys' dress is smart casual - so long trousers and short sleeved shirts (no t-shirts). Tailored shorts are acceptable. Ladies tend to wear short summer dresses - and take a shawl or wrap as just after a downpour it cools very quickly but only temporarily.
- There are also a number of up-market restaurants where dress code is super smart - an eye-catching scarf or accessories will dress up any outfit should you need it.
- From July to December is officially the rainy season, although it tends to start earlier these days. You do still get lots of sunshine, but it is interrupted by deluges of rain which last for up to 30 minutes at a time.
- It is also worth being aware that it is illegal to have army/combat type clothing or print in Barbados.
- Be sure to pack some flat sandals or flip flops as beach parties actually happen on the beach! We love the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range - using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
- Keep bottled water out of the sun as the plastic bottles can release dioxins when they heat up, which is not healthy. An alternative is to use a 100% BPA-free foldable water bottle. Reusing your water bottle will also help you do your bit for the planet - millions of plastic water bottles end up in landfill every year.
- To avoid taking separate electrical leads, chargers and adaptors for all your phones and devices, try a solar powered charger - this one gadget will charge most devices anywhere at any time.
- And look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - this elasticated strap will secure it to your bag or pocket, so you don't need to worry about dropping it anywhere.
- If you would like to give something back to the local communities, the schools are very grateful for new learning materials. See the Pack for a Purpose project for ideas of things you could donate.
- You can book one of the many Barbados all inclusive vacation packages for substantial savings on your airfare and hotel. So what are you waiting for? Plan your Barbados island getaway today!
- Stay healthy on your trip - travellers' diarrhoea can affect as many as 50% of people travelling abroad. We've tried and recommend Bimuno Travel Aid pastilles to help support your digestive health. And WhatToWearOnHoliday readers can claim a great 10% discount on Bimuno using code WHBIMUA at their checkout.
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