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 – but only for the beach.
- This is a conservative country so keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools. Cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas, especially in George Town.
- Never wear t-shirts or shorts in church.
- Don't forget plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), your sunhat and sunglasses.
- 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.
- There are a number of up-market restaurants where the dress code is super smart, so you may want to pack a nice outfit for these occasions.
What Shoes To Pack
- If you plan to explore, take some lightweight comfy shoes for walking. We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style.
- And pack some pretty sandals; 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.
- Your pashmina will dress up any outfit, and remember some simple accessories or sparkly jewelry can make a great statement.
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.
- For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack for the Weather
- May, June, July, August, September and October 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. 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 safe to drink, but if you do tend 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 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! George Town has a renowned duty-free shopping experience, and you can pick up luxury goods including perfumes, jewelry and watches at great prices. There are lots of local arts and crafts to tempt you too. Remember any liquids bought will need to go in your checked-in luggage.