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10 Travel Packing Essentials when Visiting Sri Lanka - Must Needs and Must Haves!

Sri Lanka is a wonderful place to check out or visit if you get the chance, however, let's look at some of the essential things to pack before you're on your flight.


Mosquito Repellent

If there's any bug in Sri Lanka out to get you, it'd be the infamous species known as the mosquito. They can be very annoying and can be found almost everywhere around the island in the evening. And as such, you best be sure that you've packed yourself a good mosquito repellent before you venture off to enjoy some of the best sunsets the island has to offer.


A Sweater

Some of the most relaxing and comfortable places in Sri Lanka, along with some of its most scenic can be found in the hill country. So if you have any plans of visiting places likes Ella or Nuwara Eliya, do yourself a favour and pack a warm sweater into your luggage as the night time in these places can get quite chilly.


An Umbrella

The weather in Sri Lanka has a reputation for being unpredictable, so you might run into rain or sunshine even if the weather forecast mentions it or not. It's best to come prepared by packing an umbrella as well.


Light Cotton Clothes

With hot weather being the common occurrence in Sri Lanka, comfort is a priority. Make sure you pack some lightweight clothes made of fabrics like cotton, linen or silk that'll be comfortable to wear as you explore the country.



Hot weather brings about a lot of sweat, be prepared for it by packing some deodorant that your skin tolerates, as the local variants may not really match your skin type.


Lip balm

Avoid dry chapped lips due to the weather by using some proper moisturizing lip balm.



Flip-flops make for the most comfortable and simple footwear for the beach as well as in the evenings as it does not pack in the heat. If you're looking for a great Bentota resort to stay at during your trip to Sri Lanka, there's many to choose from such as the AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa.



If you're are going to be spending time doing any sports or adventure activities in the sun, shoes would be the best choice to protect your feet from sunburn.They're also very comfortable if you're going to spend a lot of your time on the move and won't give you sore feet/legs.



With Sri Lanka being a tropical country right on the equator, the sun is going to be harsh and it's best that you bring along some sunscreen to protect your skin from the harsh rays.


Light Coloured Loose clothes

Another great way to beat the heat is to opt for light coloured clothes as they reflect the light and the heat. Light coloured clothes are also a necessity when visiting the various religious locations around the country such as the Buddhist or Hindu temples.