What not to wear

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This isnt my luggage!

Weather-obsessed Brit as I am, when friends come to stay the main topic of conversation beforehand is what to wear – imagine packing for a year! The temperature information is slightly misleading as it doesn’t factor in the humidity. Humidity means that hot weather is hotter and cold weather is colder than the temperatures would suggest.

I brought Summer clothes will me… and then realised it got cold. Luckily ASOS saved the day with their cheap international delivery charges, large selection of leggings, tights & cardigans (I couldn’t find any in Bermuda) to help me Winter up my wardrobe. Don’t forget that as well as delivery ($10.50 I think), you also have to pay 25% duty when you collect your package from the post office.

So I have devised a new scale of climate information for Bermuda. What is nice is that the temperature is fairly constant, so it doesn’t suddenly drop 10 degrees, it eases you into the cold months. It is always colder on a scooter and can get very cold in the Winter months – Helly Hansen is a popular choice here but so expensive!

UPDATE: Just a note that this was written after Winter 09/10, which was cold and long. Winter 10/11 has been considerably warmer and shorter (and more usual) – I haven’t worn my boots since February!

Month What to wear (or not)
January Autumny clothes. Boots. Light coat unless on scooter, then gloves & ski jacket/waterproofs required.
February Autumny/wintery clothes. Layer up. Boots. Heavier coat if you have one. Arctic jacket if on scooter.
March Springy/Autumny clothes. Boots, maybe sandals on some days. Light coat (scooter rules apply, as above).
April Springy/Summery clothes, with leggings & cardigans. Phase out boots, bring on the sandals. Light coat perhaps.
May Summery clothes, leggings & cardigans for evening. Sandals.
June Summery clothes, lose the leggings & cardigans. Sandals.
July Begin sweating in light cotton dress!
August Continue sweating, wear as little as possible. Sun hat. Sun screen.
September Begin to stop being quite so sweaty in light cotton dress. Summery clothes. Sandals. Sun hat.
October Summery clothes, begin introducing leggings & cardigans for evening. Sandals.
November Summery clothes with leggings & cardigan/light jacket. Sandals.
December Autumny clothes. Maybe put the sandals away now. Light coat unless on scooter, then ski jacket/waterproofs required.

Another temperature scale is what it’s like at night and what you might need to buy or bring with you. Bermudians tend to sleep all night with the AC on in the Summer, but we coped by switching it on when needed and trying to turn it off before going to sleep to save on the BELCO bill.

Month What to sleep in
January Duvet*, possibly reverse AC on heat if you have it.
February Duvet & blanket, reverse AC on heat if you have it.
March Duvet, reverse AC on heat if you have it.
April Drop down to sheet with blanket.
May Sheet only.
June Phase out sheet to nothing. Occasional AC.
July Nothing. AC on.
August Nothing. AC on full blast.
September Nothing. AC on.
October Phase in sheet.
November Sheet, sometimes blanket. Get duvet out in preparation.
December Duvet.

*A duvet is called a comforter here, and sometimes comes in patterns so you don’t need a duvet cover. Bed linen is stupidly expensive so buy it at home – get your Mum to order it from John Lewis and send it to you!

Image: Simon Howden / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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