Are you curious about what to pack for your trip to The Bahamas this summer? I've got you covered. Read on to learn the best fabrics, colors, and garments to bring this year. Scroll down to get your packing list for The Bahamas.
What to Wear in the Bahamas
Unlike here in the States, much of The Bahamas embraces heat. It's rare to find air conditioning outside the walls of your hotel. Just like home, however, sunscreen is essential. With such close proximity to the equator, sun burns happen in matter of minutes.
As a beach destination, The Bahamas requires a wardrobe of swimwear and sundresses in airy fabrics like cotton, linen, and rayon.
Should you pack a Jacket for the Bahamas?
If you're traveling during the rainy season, pack a light rain jacket. Hurricanes are also a possibility between June and November on the islands.
If you're a gentleman, you'll need to pack a blazer. You'll be asked to wear a dinner jacket to the upscale restaurants and casinos, particularly in Nassau and Paradise Island.
Tops You'll Need in The Bahamas
With such humid weather, breathable fabrics are key to choosing tops to bring to The Bahamas. I love bamboo-based fabrics like rayon. I enjoy the way they feel cool against the skin.
I also recommend bringing 1-2 long sleeve shirts for sun protection purposes. The Bahamian sun does not play. And, if you're anything like me your arms are already ten shades darker than your legs, despite daily, religious SPF application.
What BOTTOMS to Pack For the Bahamas
If you prefer pants, choose light fabrics like linen and rayon. Another great option is a pair of performance leggings. That sweat-wicking fabric is great for beach destinations. Perhaps this is why these pants remain the uniform for San Diego women.
Personally, I'm always more comfortable and free in skirts than pants. This is even more true when it's hot outside. Free your legs from the tyranny of pants and embrace midi and maxi skirts while in The Bahamas.
Also, pack a couple of sarongs that can do double duty as beach cover-ups and dresses.
What Dresses To Pack for the Bahamas
Dresses are an island essential. It's so easy to slip a dress over a swimsuit and slip a swimsuit off under a dress. Pack fun, colorful dresses in breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. If nightlife is on your agenda, pack a nice LBD (little black dress) you can dance in.
THE Swimwear you'll need in the bahamas
As a fair-skinned woman, I prefer rash guards, wet suits, and long-sleeve swimsuits. If you enjoy these, go ahead an wear them while visiting The Bahamas. An athletic style swimsuit is a must-have if you plan to scuba or snorkel on the islands.
If you're trying to get your bronze on, pack a couple of different bikini styles to minimize tan lines. And, as mentioned pack a couple of stylish sarongs so you can go from the beach to the bar with minimal effort.
Depending on your itinerary, you'll need to pack 2-3 swimsuits for your trip.
What are the perfect shoes for the bahamas?
Casual shoes are welcome in The Bahamas. Bring your flip flops, comfortable sneakers, and waterproof flats.
For visiting the upscale eateries and hotels, also pack a dressier sandal or wedge, like the Naturalizer sandals below.
Accessories you'll need in the bahamas
Since it's so hot in The Bahamas, I don't recommend packing a lot of jewelry. The metal will conduct heat and harm your skin. A couple pairs of earrings will do.
Bring a crossbody bag. Even though they're trendy right now, as you may remember from my "What to Pack for Paris" post, I don't recommend fanny packs abroad. I also like a straw tote for any beach adventures.
What Not to Wear in the Bahamas
Heavy fabrics and drab colors aren't ideal for traveling throughout The Bahamas. Leave your skinny jeans and chinos at home people; we're on island time.
Read below for your Bahamian Packing List. Or, get the PDF Packing list here. Take it with you, print it out, save it on your phone. Do what you gotta do!
Packing List: Summer in the Bahamas
SHOP YOUR CLOSET FIRST
Check your closet before you go shopping for your Bahamian adventure. You might find you've already got what you need. If you're really struggling, you can hire a stylist to help. In San Diego or Orange County? You can work with me. And, hey, if you get to the Bahamas and realize you forgot something, you can buy it there. Enjoy the island life!
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.