What to Wear in Canouan

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General Style Tips

  • Stylish casual dress in lightweight natural fabrics will work best in the year-round tropical temperatures of the Grenadines.
  • Daytime essentials for the beach/pool include swimwear, t-shirts, camisoles, sarong and shorts.
  • sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a stylish sunhat are must-pack items too.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem, so take insect/mosquito repellent and cover up with long sleeves and pants when you can, particularly in the evenings if you are outdoors. Avoid wearing any scent or perfume.
  • If you're on Canouan, then you're staying at the Raffles Resort. Our advice would be to take all the books you need (we love the Kindle to cut down on weight), as they are very limited and you'll have the time to read them. It's essentially a 'lay on the beach and escape for a while' place.
  • Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered.

What Shoes To Pack

  • After sunset, tennis shoes or sneakers are not acceptable in restaurants.
  • As well as packing some stunning heels, be sure to pack flat sandals for beach restaurants. And here beach parties really do mean that - they happen on the beach, so you can probably shed your shoes altogether. 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.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • Our advice would be to keep swimwear to the beach and pool, and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
  • Take sundresses and jackets, plus perhaps a pashmina for the slightly cooler evenings.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, as well as keeping off a chill.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • Evening dress is smart casual. Tailored shorts are acceptable.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • July, August, September, October, November and December is the rainy season, and rain normally comes in quick showers. As it's tropical though you'll dry off quickly, but you may like to take a light raincoat or travel umbrella.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • The tap water is not considered safe to drink, so as an alternative to bottled water consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step up voltage converter if your devices are not designed for local voltage (230V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
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  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

A Message From Helen



I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.