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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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List of Items to take when travelling to Maldives – Make Sure you Pack Right

A tropical holiday to beautiful Maldives will leave anyone in a state of euphoria. To make the most of your fabulous holiday do take along the appropriate items. In other words, pack right.


What Not to Take

Let's start with the most important list of all which is what not to take into the country. This includes narcotics, banned substances, alcohol, pork or pork related products, pornography, material controversial to Islam, idols of worship, chemicals, spear guns, weapons, dangerous animals and dogs – unfortunately Skippy stays home! Getting it right on arrival is crucial to a holiday that will not be veiled in drama.


Take Along Garments that Conform to Muslim Law

You will arrive in the capital Male and the country being a Muslim nation does observe a strict conservative dress code. Being aptly attired is essential. There is no strict dress code and locals are quite tolerant of tourists attire, however, if you want to respect the culture and traditions of the nation make sure you are aptly covered. Take along a shawl and maybe a shirt with long sleeves for your arrival. Of course, once you get to your resort island you can dress as you please and order alcohol from the bar but when in Male or other local islands it is imperative you respect Islamic customs.


A Good Sunscreen and an Equally Good Book

Take along plenty of your favourite sunscreen; remember the Maldives is a tropical nation and just about all activities are either at sea or on the beach. Hence a good sunscreen is needed. A good book; if you are a reader will prove to be an asset when chilling on those gorgeous white sand beaches most Maldives luxury resorts boast of.


An All-rounder Kaftan will be a Bonus Attire

Take along one or two stylish kaftans. This can serve as a cover-up when on the beach and also be dressed up to look glamorous for dinner. There are plenty of gourmet luxury restaurants at Maldives resorts that offer one the opportunity to dress up and enjoy excellent cuisine. Guests at places similar to Adaaran Prestige Vadoo Maldives will be stuck for choice; so be prepared and pack a few chic kaftans. The lightweight non wrinkle variety works really well. A good evening dress and coat for gents will be essential in case the place has a dress code; check with your chosen resort.


Sunglasses are Essentials

Take along your stylish pair of sunnies; they will be much more than a chic accessory as the dazzling light reflected off the ocean can be tough on the eyes, plus you will be spending all your time on the beach or on the ocean. As a tropical destination, Maldives is all about sun, sand and surf as such enjoy the glorious weather to the max but do take along protection for your eyes.


Body Lotions and Mosquito Repellent

A good body moisturiser is essential to keep skin fresh and hydrated after being in the sea. The sunlight and sea water can dry out your skin hence make sure you take along a good body cream or lotion. As a tropical location, the Maldives will have its share of mosquitoes although the luxury resorts will take all precautions to prevent the insects from breeding. A good bug spray is always handy when visiting the tropics.

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