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List of What to pack for a holiday to the Maldives – Here are some of the essentials!

A trip to the Maldives is a cause for excitement! The sheer beauty is once in a lifetime experience! Be prepared to experience the best of this destination.



In terms of swimming wear, bathing suits will be a given. However, don't forget to pack a few extras and a nice cover-up, like a beach sarong. An extra will come in handy while the other one is drying. Also make sure you have a bright coloured swimsuit, in colours like bright orange, pink or red. The contrast will be luminous amid the turquoise blue waters for some striking photos. If you are planning excursions to maldives places to visit, Several pairs of comfortable shorts in light material such as cotton or soft denim. Bring along several cotton t-shirts, shirts or tank tops. These should nicely match with the shorts. Ladies can pack a few flowery or cotton dresses. These will be perfect for the evenings and during dinner or just a stroll on the beach. You should, of course, pack something extra nice, like an evening dress or shirt if you are on a romantic holiday.



A pair of flip flops will do for the beach nicely. For the better part of your time, you will be in flip flops or barefoot. Add an extra pair one in case one gets wet or caked with sand. A comfortable pair of sandals or sneakers might also come in handy if you want to explore around your islands or visit some attractions in Male or other inhabited islands and when heading back home.


Sun protection

Sun protection is vital, as the sun is very harsh in these regions. A nice wide brim beach hat, sunglasses and loads of waterproof sunscreens are important. If possible, ensure the sunscreens are environmentally sound. Some chemicals in cremes affect the corals causing them to deteriorate over time.


First aid

Pack a small first aid kit with essential medication such as painkillers, cold medicine, mosquitoes/insect repellent, antiseptic, plasters and any daily medication you may take with prescriptions. The Maldivian immigration authorities are very suspicious of drugs coming into the country, so carry all labels, packaging and prescription notes.



If you love to snorkel, you can bring your own. Some luxury hotels in Maldives and resorts may charge you extra for rentals unless it's an all-inclusive package. However, do check with your accommodation first before bringing any gear with you.
Pack some laundry bags to collect in all your wet clothes. The last thing you want is water and sand to engulf your luggage in case you can't get them dried for some reason. Most resorts such as Adaaran Club Rannalhi will probably provide you with these things, but take one just in case. Also, pack a few books you want to read, instead of any electronics. Leave most of them at home, except for your phone, chargers, and some extra batteries. A water bottle and a small backpack to carry with you if you want to do some sightseeing in the other islands.