Pack with confidence and avoid baggage fees - clothing tips and packing checklists for your vacation

What to Wear in Barbados

General Packing Tips

  • 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 sweater, 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.
  • Slip on some comfy shoes, get up early and join the locals at the Saturday Brighton farmers Market.
  • Go for comfort over style and if you are keen to hike the rainforest and be sure to pack suitable footwear.
  • Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools.
  • There are also a number of up-market restaurants where dress code is super smart.
  • It is also worth being aware that it is illegal to have army/combat type clothing or print in Barbados.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection).

Clothing Tips for Women

  • For evenings,dress is smart casual - 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.
  • A few well chosen pieces of costume jewellery will transform any outfit.
  • A pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit.
  • 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.
  • It is frowned upon to go topless and  illegal to go  nude on the island.
  • Pack your very best of the best if your plans include clubbing at Sugar Ultra Lounge.
  • Here on business; smart business attire is expected as is being on time for meetings. It is customary for men and women to shake hands.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • For evenings, guys' dress is smart casual - so long pants and short sleeved shirts (no t-shirts). Tailored shorts are acceptable.
  • Here on business; smart business attire is expected as is being on time for meetings.

Pack for the Weather

  • July, August, September, October, November and 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.

Regions of Barbados

  • Beaches on the northwest coast can be stony so take along some reef/beach shoes.

Last updated 14 November 2014.

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