What to Take

  • A travel plug (adapter) may be required for the European-style sockets
  • Compact umbrella, which will come in handy for sudden, year-round downpours
  • Snorkeling equipment, to save on rental fees
  • Flashlight/torch, for navigating unlit areas and beaches after dark
  • Insect repellent – DEET-based varieties are typically most effective

What to Wear

St-Barth is chic, so bring dressier clothes – especially if you're dining in the island's many high-end restaurants of an evening (men should pack collared shirts). Wearing lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and dresses and long trousers at night will help protect you from mosquitoes. Casual beachwear is generally fine during the day. A waterproof jacket can come in handy during rainier parts of the year; a hat and sunglasses are essential year-round. Bring at least one swimsuit for paddling, snorkeling and sunbathing.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date
  • Check airline baggage restrictions
  • Inform your debit-/credit-card company you’re going away
  • Arrange for appropriate travel insurance
  • Contact your cell (mobile) phone provider to enquire about roaming charges or an international plan