What to Wear in Trinidad and Tobago

On the beach at Crown Point, Tobago

On the beach at Crown Point, Tobago

Sightseeing in Plymouth, Tobago

Sightseeing in Plymouth, Tobago

Walking in the rainforest, Tobago

Walking in the rainforest, Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, February

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, February

Carnival in Tobago, February

Carnival in Tobago, February

Carnival

Carnival

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General Style 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 or wrap is worth popping in your case.
  • Daytime essentials include t-shirts, camisoles, sarong and shorts, as most people spend their time on the beach.
  • But keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools and cover up elsewhere.
  • Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • Mosquitoes can be a problem, so take insect/mosquito repellent and cover up with long sleeves and pants when you can, particularly at dusk if you are outdoors. Avoid wearing any scent or perfume.
  • You should also be aware that it is illegal to have any army/combat type clothing or print.

What Shoes To Pack

  • Take some lightweight comfy shoes for exploring the islands. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.

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. Otherwise you may attract unwanted attention.
  • Note too it is illegal to go topless or nude on the islands.
  • For evenings, dress is smart casual; ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses - and do take a pashmina or wrap as just after a downpour it cools very quickly, albeit temporarily.
  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit too.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
  • For evenings, dress is smart casual; long pants and short-sleeved shirts (no t-shirts). 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

  • June, 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's interrupted by deluges of rain which last for up half an hour at a time so you might like to take a light raincoat or travel umbrella.
  • The Atlantic coasts can be extremely windy - consider something to keep any long hair tidy and tied back, and choose hats which are secure.
  • From Mid September to Mid October a time referred to as the Petit Carême you a likely to enjoy periods of sunshine and blue skies rather than the usual rain.
  • 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

Regions of Trinidad and Tobago

  • If you are keen to trek in the mountains be sure to pack suitable footwear - sturdy sneakers or walking shoes. Sandals or flip flops will not do!

Other Things To Pack

  • A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • The tap water is safe to drink, but many visitors do prefer to buy bottled water. Consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle instead - 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 (115V).
  • 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. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Trinidad and Tobago produces some of the best cocoa in the world, so look out for artisan chocolates from local producers. There's also locally made jewelry, fabrics and fine art, plus of course rum and home-made pepper sauces. Just remember any liquids will need to be packed in your hold luggage.

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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  • 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.