Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The very highest end restaurants require men to wear pants in the evening. We found plenty of places where we could wear shorts, but, if you want to have absolute access to all places make sure you take a nice pair of linen pants with you.Related to:
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Don't bring much
Luggage and bags: Carry one is all I bring for a week.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandles,4 tshirts,two shorts,bathing shorts,2 pairs of socks,3 underwear and what more do you need. It's HOT HOT HOT.
If your golfing you'll need dress code cloths. You might also want to wear a sundress going out and to the bars.Men a pair of slacks and collared shirt.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring your medicine with you.And personal toiletries.
Photo Equipment: Bring it all. I do.Don't leave it on the beach. I'm a pro so I bring most of my stuff.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Most places give you towels for the beach. Camping not allowed or advisable.Related to:
Useful extension lead
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suntan lotion, mosquito repellent are readily available, but a bit pricy, best if you can bring your own (weight allowing)
Miscellaneous: If you come from a country with 3 pin plugs, do not forget to take an adaptor for the two flat pin plugs that are used here. Also a very good tip is to buy locally an extension lead, they are so useful for taking lamps onto balconies ( to assist with reading etc) also for personal dvd players to use on balconies, as too radios, etc.
Films, Batteries, expensive
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You would not be caught out in sudden downpours, if you took your brolly with you, and it would also double up as a shade from the sunshine. Downpours soon dry up, but occasionally in the rainy season, they can last for quite a while.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, antiseptic cream if you get bitten.
Photo Equipment: Films and developing are expensive, so take plenty of film, and wait till you get home to have them developed.
If you need batteries for camera take those with you.
Of course almost everyone these days have digital cameras but I have left this tip in for those who still like the non digital cameras.
Hat, Sunscreen and Sunglasses for Alfresco Dining
Luggage and bags: I had a really big waist pack for carrying equipment
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a hat. I always want to wear a hat in the hot sunny climates. In the first and second picture (although the detail isn't real clear), I am wearing a kind of safari hat with a brim all the way around and a chin strap. It serves as a rain hat too if it isn't raining too much. Unfortunately I lost this hat in a taxi in Curacao.
In the third picture, Bob is wearing the hat that I got him for Costa Rica. It has foil reflective material in the top. Both hats have chin straps so that they won't blow off. Bob normally wears a baseball type hat like he has on in the last photo.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen.
Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film for film cameras and also fresh batteries. At the time I made the first trip, I only had film cameras.
If you have a digital camera, be sure you have practiced with it, and have plenty of batteries and/or a recharger
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The first two pictures are where we stopped and had a picnic lunch. We didn't have one, but a small soft sided cooler to carry drinks in would have been nice to have.
Miscellaneous: Bob forgot his sunglasses, and we had to go and buy him some.Related to:
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lots of high factor cream
Luggage and bags: although sun creams and insect repellent would normally be the first things on your list, these items are readly available in all the pharmacys and local shops- you will find all your favourites
and they only cost the same - if not cheaper - than what you would pay at home. the same applys to all toiletries and cosmetics. bring a good book to pass time during the long flight.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light summer clothing, beachwear, sandals. for the evenings, smart casual wear- unless you plan on an evening dinner dance cruise - then more formal wear/ black tie will be required.
once again you will find a large selection of reasonably priced clothing on the island.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: readily available at all pharmacys and local stores - however, dont forget to bring any regular medication that you require.
Photo Equipment: cameras, films, developping, studios, portraite sittings. you find everything that you need.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: sun loungers are provided at all hotela, as are parasols. most hotels give out beach towels on a daily basis- just simply exchange for the towels you used the day before. if you require additional ones- no problem!
Miscellaneous: remember to check with the airline re. baggage allowance. your luxury bargain holiday, can cost a fortune if you have to start paying exess baggage. Remember that air lines will not carry wedding dresses unless they are packed for the hold - and you wont get an extra allowance to carry it. so remember, light is right. both for transporting, and the climate.
As less as possible
Luggage and bags: Very light weight clothes but plenty of trousers for the evening as the mozzies are in full swing.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I found that the mozzie spray did not help at all maybe take savelon incase you do get bitten,the bites are very nasty and itch like mad.
Photo Equipment: A must
Luggage and bags: Well, regarding luggage: back in Stockholm it was very embarassing when the customs police checked our luggage in deep for two hours. Why did I bring that much things?? All my c-vitamins and a few pre-caution medicins were sent on drug analysis. I suppose they spotted us because the majority of the 400 on the flight was families with small kids, middle aged couples and seniors. They checked my sister and me and two single travellers.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Warm clothes wasn't needed, but a light weight umbrella is a good tip.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: At least for a Swedish person almost everything, but rum and cigarettes, was more or much more expensive than at home so necessary things like sun protection, batteries and such thing is far better to buy at home.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bikini needed! No top less sun bathing in Barbados. You get fined. One police looked at my sister for 20 minutes and then he wanted to charge her, but he was fine with a drink in the bar instead...
Miscellaneous: Next time I will bring a audio recorder. People said so fun things, discussions were so wild, and I'd like to record some live music, etc.
No coffee culture whatsoever... so next time I'll bring a manual brewer and 1 kilo of high quality coffee.Related to:
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Beware of the sun
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you take plenty of high factor sun cream, and you too can get a tan like the one I am sporting here.
Some people in our hotel did not heed all the warnings and spent the entire first day of their holiday in the sun with sun tan oil WITHOUT any factor (the dangers weren't as well known in those days). They spent the next two days in hospital and the rest of their holiday in the shade!
Don't get sunburnt!Related to:
Luggage and bags: Remember, it's an island, it's hot - bring comfortable clothes as well as something simply elegant for that extra special dinner!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sunblock people, it's mighty warm down here even for you sunning pros.
Photo Equipment: What can I say, load up the battery charger for your digital and click away..
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Either you get bitten (like me) or you don't (like my traveling companion).
We did NOT use anti-mosquito-something...
Only got the very very red marks during the first nights. I never saw nor heard the little red-spot-makers.
The red spots looked UGLY but didn't hurt :)
For me - over 20 times far away before I got bitten by these little "friends".
If you are allergic - bring some anti-mosquito-stuff with you!!!
Shorts & T-Shirts!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You'll only need your summer clothes here! Shorts, T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, flip flops, sandals and sun glasses. You won't be needing trousers, jumpers or jackets at any time of the year!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get just about all your toiletries and medical supplies out there, but they can be a little more expensive. If there's anything you particularly need, you could save money by taking it with you.
Photo Equipment: There are some beautiful sights in Barbados, so take your camera! The only tip i will give, is that you should buy all your equipment at home and take it with you, because it can be expensive out there. Especially disposable camera's and underwater ones.Related to:
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: When travelling, we ALWAYS try to pack as light as possible. One, if the airline "mis-places" your bags, your not out a lot of money. They are. It's also a lot easier to get on and off without the wait at the airport for your luggage. They allow two carry-on type luggages per person. We usually take one each. When travelling to the warmer climates, your clothing tends to be a lot thinner anyway. I was able to pack all 7 days with no problem. After all, it's just shorts, shirts and a lot of swimming wear. You'll probably want one or two nice outfits for dinner. I can't say this enough, it's layed back.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: As for shoes, we always take an extra pair of sneakers. It's not a pair we usually keep anyway. They are for swimming in the ocean. You never know what might be out there just under the sand.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be careful about what prescription and non-prescription drugs you pack. As with most countries, you'll need to do a little research before going. No sense in having "contra-band". It's a nice place and I would like to live there, but not in a cell. I'm sure it's not padded.
Photo Equipment: Camaras - bring your video camara and a digital. Films available, but expensive (as you should expect). There will be a lot of memories and you won't want to forget them.Related to:
- Adventure Travel
Photo Equipment: When you're headed out to a beautiful country with a lot of color - black and white film is a big NO!!! I have a ton of pictures that didn't fully capture the beauty of Barbodos because it was in black and white. So forget the black and white here.
Miscellaneous: It is warm and sunny all year round with an average daytime high of 75 - 85oF. The nights are usually slightly cooler.
The prevailing northeast tradewinds blow steadily so that although it is bright and sunny, it is not unbearably hot. The rain usually comes in quick showers. The dry season lasts from January to June.
We are in the tropics, and believe it or not, some people actually put on a sweater in the cool night winter time breezes. Barbadians complain that the sea is cold when its 78oF !!!
Sunny days and stormy weather
Its mostly sunny and fair in Barbados. Warm days with cool winds and cozy nights. It rains most in summer and a good rainfall is refreshing and much needed. Rain is usually followed quickly by sunny skies and within minutes everything will be dry. Tropical rainstorms sometimes occur in the hurricane season which runs from June to October (as we say in Barbados - 'June too soon, October all over!'). Tropical rains are spectacular but the island is very porous and the heaviest rains quickly drain off into the underground lakes or the sea.
Hurricanes usually avoid Barbados. They arise off the African Coast and head to the Caribbean, swinging North about 100 miles from Barbados. The pattern is reasonably consistent as hurricanes tend to bounce from one land mass to the next and Barbados is somewhat separate from the Caribbean island chain. This does not of course make us immune, but the last occasion which Barbados suffered a direct hit was in 1955. There is a story of a bus driver who drove his passengers straight through the worst of Barbados' hurricanes, 'was a bit of a breeze' he is supposed to have said.
Other recorded hurricanes to hit the island occurred in 1898 and 1831. As a tip I have added a weather chart of Barbados showing weather pattern during the year!
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