As many of you may know, Crop Over, Barbados’ annual carnival runs from June to August with the finale ending with Grand Kadooment on the first Monday in August.
There is a ton of information online which covers what bands to jump with, what events are happening and on the sweet soca music, however, no one really speaks from experience as to the essentials needed to survive the constant ‘pump’ and vibes of the season.
Luxe gives you 10 essentials for this Crop Over season:
1. Sun Block
Ultimately important is to protect your skin! Know the correct of SPF required for your skin type.
2. Mosquito Repellent
If you’re like us and seem to attract mosquitoes anywhere you go, always take a small bottle of repellent to fend off these pests. We highly suggest a Barbadian based repellent from St. Lucy Botanist.
3. Caribbean Clothing - Romper, Cover Up, Sandals, Swimwear, Hat and Shades
You’re in the Caribbean so dress like it! In Barbados we opt to wear loose free flowing clothing and lots of shorts! Rompers, shorts, tank tops and sandals are perfect go-to’s. Check out Beth & Tracie in Holetown for some great rompers, bikinis and beach cover ups and as for shades, check EyeQ and Peoples From Barbados located in Limegrove Lifestyle Centre.
4. Insoles will save your life!
Ladies and gents, we urge you to purchase some gel insoles, for pretty much all of your events, but especially for Kadooment. You’ll be standing and jumping a lot!
5. Wristlet Bags
Cute little handbags are a must for all of your items while partying! Look at these trendy Bajan wristlet bags from Island Bags.
6. Vitamins and Medication
Of course pack any needed medication, but also pack Vitamin C, multi-vitamins, advil/panadol, eye drops and aloe vera gel. These items can be found in most gas stations in Barbados just in case you forget. These will keep you going if you’re feeling a bit sore or worn ;).
7. Extra Shoes and Clothing... For the Paint
If you’re looking to partake in any Jouvert fetes such as Foreday morning (which we do recommend) don’t forget there’s lots of paint and powder...everywhere! Be sure to pack throw-away sneakers and extra clothing for this event.
8. Portable Charger
With all of the back to back events, charging your phone can sometimes be a pain. Purchase a portable battery pack that can fit right your new wristlet bag :).
9. Water and Food
Trust us, you’ll need all the energy possible! Fill up on plenty water and food. You’ll find food vendors all over the island selling fish cakes, fresh fish, macaroni pie and rice and peas to fill you up.
10. Clear Nail Polish
For those jumping or playing ‘mas’ on Kadooment day, clear nail polish can be a life saver for those runs in stockings.
Enjoy the season! LivLuvLaff