Top style tips for the Bahamas
- 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 pashmina is worth popping in your case.
- Ensure you bring a versatile travel jacket. We love the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket because it has over 23 pockets, removable sleeves and RFID protection.
- Daytime essentials include t-shirts, camisoles, sarong and shorts as most people spend their time on the beach.
- Don't forget sunhat and sunglasses too, plus good sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection).
- 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.
- Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools.
- There are a number of up-market restaurants where the dress code is super smart, so you may like to add in a nice outfit for dining out.
- Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered.
Shoes to pack for the Bahamas
- If you plan to explore the island, take some lightweight comfy shoes or sandals for walking around. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
- Pack some pretty sandals too; 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
- For evenings, dress is smart casual – ladies tend to wear short summer sundresses – and take a pashmina or wrap as just after a downpour it cools very quickly, but only temporarily.
- 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 keep off a chill or covering you from the sun.
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, guys' dress is smart casual – long pants and short-sleeved shirts (no t-shirts). Tailored shorts are acceptable.
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 so you may like 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 generally safe to drink, but if you prefer to buy bottled water consider carrying a LifeStraw Filtration 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 the local voltage (120V).
- 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! Guava jam is authentic and inexpensive (and delicious!) but do remember any liquids must be packed in your checked-in luggage.