St. Barts: What to Pack / What to Wear

Airport in St. Barthelemy (St. Barts, St. Barth), travel gear, luggage, swimsuit, swimwear
Copyright © John Smith, All Rights Reserved.
THE ESSENTIALS
Always start with the most important items. These include valid passports, airline tickets, vouchers, reservation numbers, itineraries, ATM cards, cash, credit cards, driver's licenses, prescription drugs, glasses, contact lenses and any important phone numbers.

It's a good idea to keep copies of your documents in your luggage and at home. There are some travelers who also scan and e-mail copies of important documents to themselves in advance.

Even though there is far less crime in St. Barthélemy (St. Barts, St. Barth) than in most large US cities, it never hurts to be cautious when you are in an unfamiliar environment. International travelers should keep critical items with them at all times or in their hotel’s or villa's safe. If you have an early morning departure, be sure to retrieve your valuables from the hotel safe the night before since they may not be accessible before the regular work day begins.

WHAT TO WEAR
In spite of its international jet-set reputation, St. Barth is actually very informal. Casual sports clothes in cotton and other light fabrics rule the day. One can choose to wear the latest fashions but remember, this is the tropics. Jeans, shorts, polos, tees, sandals, sneakers and boat shoes are de rigueur. While swimwear is perfect for the beach, it is not considered proper in town. In the evenings, women tend to "dress up" a bit but, as for the men, ties and jackets are rarely seen.

Topless swimming and sunning are acceptable and common at pools and beaches. Nude sunbathing is not officially sanctioned but is often practiced at the beaches of Saline and Gouverneur. A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended for solar protection during the day.

DONT FORGET TO PACK:

1. The Essentials (see above) plus your clothes, phone, swimsuit and toiletries

2. A 110-220 voltage converter and a plug adapter for appliances if needed

3. Contact lens solutions and backup lenses

4. Candles in small containers (useful for power failures and/or romantic moods)

5. A portable music player (ask the locals about the latest island music)

6. Copies of any helpful guidebook pages or articles

7. A camera and plenty of film (yes, some still use film!) or digital storage media

8. A special film bag to protect any high-speed film from airport scanners

9. A paper map of your destination (for when your GPS or online services fail)

10. Names & addresses for postcards (putting them on labels in advance works great)

11. A French mini-phrase book/dictionary

12. Books or your e-reader (local books may not be in your language)

13. A rain poncho and traction-sole shoes if you plan to hike in wet weather

14. Mosquito repellent

15. Sunglasses and hat

16. Lots of sunscreen and lip block

17. Alarm clock (you may not need it until your departure day)

18. Sandals & sneakers

19. Plastic bags (zip-locks are best) for laundry, etc.

20. Sports gear (snorkel, mask, etc.)

21. Binoculars

22. Spare batteries for cameras, clocks, etc.

23. A small flashlight

24. Spare glasses and/or contact lenses

TRAVEL TIP
If you check all of your luggage with an airline, there is a chance that it may be damaged, delayed or even lost forever. Experienced travelers keep their most important items in a carry-on bag. Travel as lightly as possible. Check with your airline for maximum sizes, weights and restrictions.

Featured St. Barts Travel Gear and Clothing

St. Barthelemy, St. Barth, St. Barts What to Pack, Fashions, Luggage, Swimsuit, Swimwear, Bikini, Sunglasses, Caribbean
Imagine Your Company Here
A Great New Way to Reach Travelers
Contact us to discover how easy it is to promote your company right here.
FrenchCaribbean.com/Contact

St. Barthelemy, St. Barth, St. Barts What to Pack, Fashions, Luggage, Swimsuit, Swimwear, Bikini, Sunglasses, Caribbean
Imagine Your Company Here
A Great New Way to Reach Travelers
Contact us to discover how easy it is to promote your company right here.
FrenchCaribbean.com/Contact

French Caribbean Map with St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Barth, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Les Saintes and Marie-Galante

Photo © 2002-2013 Gerald Hill / Used by Permission.


Click for the BBB Business Review of French Caribbean International
French Caribbean International is an Award-Winning Member of the Better Business Bureau.


Terms of Use / Privacy Policy / About Us / Advertising / Contact Us


© 1996-2013 French Caribbean International. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized reproduction of images, text, audio, video or other content is prohibited.
French Caribbean
® is a registered trademark (marque déposée).

Since 1994, French Caribbean International has been the premier guide to the French West Indies. In addition to providing helpful travel information, we are an exceptional resource for accommodations including St. Barthélemy (St. Barts, St. Barth, St. Barths) villa rentals and hotels, St. Martin / St. Maarten villa rentals and hotels, Martinique villa rentals and hotels, Guadeloupe villa rentals and hotels, Les Saintes villa rentals and hotels, and Marie-Galante villa rentals and hotels.