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Top Things You Must Pack for Your Trip to Sri Lanka – Discover an Enthralling Island Nation

If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka there will be several things that you must pack, such as swimsuits, suitable clothes and footwear, sunscreen, a rain jacket and so on. Here are some insights that will help.


Swimsuits, towel, backpack and daypack

As you will find many chances to indulge in swimming or soaking up the sun during your stay in Sri Lanka, you must obviously not forget to pack your swimsuit; consider bringing more than one if you are going to be at the beach for multiple days. A quick-drying towel would also be a useful item. It would be recommendable to take along two backpacks for your holiday in Sri Lanka; these would be a larger backpack for packing all your clothing and other belongings and a more compact smaller daypack in which you could keep your valuables. You could store your phone, money, passport and other vital items in this daypack and always keep it with you.


Suitable clothes

As Sri Lanka happens to experience hot humid weather throughout the year, you will need to pack clothes made with light breathable materials. Ladies may pack T-shirts, tank tops, a few pairs of loose pants or longish shorts and perhaps a couple of skirts and a dress. Men may take tank tops, T-shirts, shorts and perhaps a smarter outfit for an elegant evening. Remember, that you will be obliged to wear clothing that will cover the shoulders and knees if you desire to enter a Buddhist temple or other places of worship. You may also need a sweater or pullover for the airplane ride when visiting the mountainous central region or travelling in buses with strong air conditioning.


Useful footwear

As you may be obliged to remove your shoes frequently while in Sri Lanka – for instance, when entering places of worship, some other establishments and homes – hiking sandals would be a good choice; these would be particularly useful if you intend to spend a lot of time outdoors exploring the country too. Meanwhile, if you anticipate engaging in genuine hiking or running to keep fit whilst in Sri Lanka, you will need suitable hiking shoes and / or running shoes. Of course, for beach stays, having flip-flops would be the ideal option so pack a pair as well. An accommodation choice to consider at which you could base yourself as you enjoy everything from beachside bliss to temple visits would be the properties of Avani Hotels & Resorts including a pleasingly located Bentota hotel.


Rain jacket, umbrella, sunscreen and mosquito repellent

Since the various parts of Sri Lanka experience wet as well as dry seasons, you must be prepared for rainy weather. Therefore, a rain jacket would be a useful item for your trip to this island nation. Another item to pack would be a lightweight umbrella to protect you from the sun and rain. Don't forget to bring mosquito / insect repellent to safeguard yourself when heading to certain areas. If you are travelling from a cooler climate, you will also need some effective sunscreen to protect yourself from the rays of the tropical sun.


Essentials and photo equipment

Naturally, you should double-check whether you have packed your passport, insurance card, driver's license (if you plan to drive), an engrossing book or Kindle and a pen and notebook or journal; additionally, bring a printed itinerary mentioning the phone numbers and addresses of your accommodations. You will have many opportunities to take memorable photographs in Sri Lanka, but you may have trouble finding suitable supplies for your photography needs. Therefore, along with your camera, you should bring spare batteries, memory cards and anything else you might expect to need.

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