|Before you leave home:
Arrange to have lawn mowed and watered
Arrange to have someone check the house periodically while you are gone (be sure they know how to contact you)
Arrange to have trash taken out
Arrange for pet care
Call resort and confirm exchange or rental.
Disconnect garage door openers
Leave emergency contact information with a neighbor, friend, or relative
Set up lamp timers
Shut off ice maker
Stop Mail and Newspaper
Tell a neighbor you're leaving
Turn down hot water heater
Turn down furnace thermostat
Turn off water to washing machine
Unplug computer and other home electronic equipment
Verify insurance coverage (health, auto, etc.)
All these items can be purchased in Barbados, but they will probably not be brands to which you are accustomed.
Aloe Vera for sunburns
Contact lens solution
Dial soap (for wounds)
Disinfectant spray (to kill athlete’s foot fungus)
First Aid Kit
New skin liquid
Rubbing alcohol swabs
|Take Documents and Photocopies
Airline Tickets or boarding passes. You will also need these for dutyfree shopping.
Auto Rental Confirmation
Personal auto insurance policy number
Driver's License. You will need this to get your temporary Barbados license.
Exchange or rental confirmation
Medical Insurance Forms
Passports and Visas. Color copies are handy to carry for each member of
your party, too. Every person entering Barbados, including all North American citizens (Americans and Canadians), should be in possession of a valid passport and a valid return ticket. Visas are required for people traveling from some countries. View the list here.
Dutyfree shopping is especially popular, with prices typically being 30 to 50% less than in Europe and North America! When making dutyfree purchases be sure to have your passport or airline ticket with you. Your packages can be delivered to the airport or sea port for your convenience.
Prescriptions and eyeglass info
Reservations and confirmations for activities purchased or reserved before leaving
A/C adapters if coming from the UK. Barbados uses US wiring.
Camera / underwater camera. There are many places available for film developing and single-use cameras can be purchased. If going on a trip which involves scuba or snorkling, the vendor will be able to rent you underwater cameras.
Cell phone. Check before leaving home if you have coverage in Barbados. If not, you can add it, or rent a phone while you're there. We've had good luck with Sprint, Verizon and AT&T (Cingular)
Digital camera; underwater camera
Extension cord, surge protector
Modular phone cord for computer. If you have either a network card or a USB port, the Crane can supply you with cables and help you get set up for faster connection times.
Night light (for bathroom)
USB computer cable (to download pictures from digital camera or for cable or DSL modem in room
|Helpful to have:
$1 bills for tips
Bath salts/bubble bath
The Crane also provides some books and games in a lending library. You can leave your old books behind for pthers.
Credit cards. Most of the hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments will accept credit cards. Travelers cheques in U.S., U.K. and Canadian funds are also cashable at many outlets. There are many Banks in Barbados (mostly British and Canadian) and most have ABMs (ATMs) that will accept credit cards and Interac. They all dispense funds in Barbados dollars at the current rate of exchange.
Duct tape/other tape
Extra suitcase for souvenirs
Games (playing cards, board games). The Crane also provides some books
Magazines (to leave behind)
Maps, if you have them already. If you're renting a car, the car company will give you a map. Also, there are tourist maps greely available around the island.
Pool and sand toys for the kids
Shampoo and conditioner. The Crane has hairdryers in each bathroom.
Snorkel and Swim Fins
Suntan lotion/sunscreen. This is an obvious one but every day there are literally hundreds of cases of sunburn, especially after a cloudy day. Even if the sun is not out you will burn! Children should wear tshirts and hats even when swimming (especially when swimming!)
Water shoes and/or sandals
The larger apartment has a washer and dryer so, unless you are going to be using the lock-off only, you will be able to take fewer clothes with you and wash them there.
If you are using the lock-off only, there is a laundry close by which does good work. They even have a small collection of used books.
Swimming suit, coverup. Bathing suits are not allowed in town. Be sure to be covered when you leave the beach!
Water shoes/aqua socks