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The list of things to pack for a tropical holiday in the Maldives – For a hassle-free and comfortable holiday

In the process of planning your much-awaited getaway to the tropical paradise that is the Maldives? Then here is a list of must-pack items that will see you through your holiday in comfort and ease.


Comfortable cotton or linen resort wear

Given that the Maldives is a tropical country, one should be prepared to embrace the fierce heat that it inevitably comes with. To that end, loose-fitting cotton or linen clothing ensures that you remain cool, collected and stylish in the face of the hot weather and heavy humidity. Opting to pack light coloured clothing items is a good idea, as white clothes, in particular, will reflect most of the sun's heat while absorbing very little of the sun's warmth and in turn keep your body cool. Breezy summer dresses, kaftans, short-sleeved linen shirts, and plenty of shorts and tank tops are all good clothing items to take along. However do keep in mind that if you are planning on sight-seeing in Male, dress a bit conventionally as the locals living in the capital dress conservatively keeping with their Muslim faith.


Adequate sun protection

The sun in the tropics is harsh and damaging when exposed to it for long periods. To avoid sun damage, heat strokes, and fatigue during your idyllic holiday, it's important to be adequately protected from the sun and its harmful UV rays. Do make sure to pack along a good quality reef-safe sunscreen lotion with a high SPF factor of no less than 30, a wide-brimmed hat, and a quality pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes. Staying hydrated is very important especially if you are planning on spending time a lot of time out in the sea too.


A basic medicine kit with essential medication

Before setting off, do make sure to put together a kit containing your essential medication. While many a Maldives beach resort including the likes of The Residence Maldives Dhigurah have their in-house doctor in case of a medical emergency, it's a good idea to take along pain killers, and antihistamines or extra medication prescribed to treat any illnesses along with you on your holiday.


Waterproof camera and snorkelling gear

No trip to the Maldives is complete without taking the time to explore the rich marine life of the island nation. Taking along a waterproof camera is a great way to capture your experiences under the sea! Packing your own snorkelling gear if you have luggage space is a good idea as well. While one can rent the equipment from your hotel's dive centre, for an extra charge, keep in mind the gear might have been used by many people.


Wet and dry bags

Given that you will undoubtedly spend a lot of time in the ocean splashing about or sunbathing to your heart's content, you will be left with a lot of damp clothing scattered about. Consider packing along both a wet and dry bag to keep your items safe while on the beach.

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