Top style tips for Dominica
- 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.
- 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 or camisoles, sarong and shorts – as most people spend their time on the beach.
- 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 in the evenings if you are outdoors. Avoid wearing any scent or perfume.
- Be aware that it's illegal to have army/combat type clothing or print.
- Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered.
Shoes to pack for Dominica
- If you plan to explore the island, 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
- Keep your swimwear for the beach, beach bars and hotel pools and cover up with a kaftan or sarong when walking around public areas.
- 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 your pashmina will be a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, keep you warm in a chill breeze or cover you in 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.
- For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack for the weather
- Officially the wettest of the islands but February, March and April are the driest of the months.
- 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. At these times you might 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
- The tap water is 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.
- A lightweight day sack or beach bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
- To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step down voltage converter if your devices are not designed for the 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. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! There are lots of local handmade crafts to tempt you – look for batiks, calabash bowls and jewelry to name a few.