MaldivesWhat to pack for a holiday in the Maldives

Our guide on what to bring on your island getaway

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Things to consider

Before packing, don’t forget to check your seaplane weight allowance so you don’t get caught out. Bear in mind that out of respect, most tourists wear clothes that covers the shoulders and knees when they first land in Malé (the capital of the Maldives), where Islam is the national religion.




When it comes to swimwear, aim to bring at least two sets; a stylish option for poolside relaxing and something more practical and comfortable for scuba diving and swimming.


Sunglasses and sun hat

Two essentials that you won’t want to forget; bring good-quality sunglasses, and make sure your hat is wide-brimmed and shades the back of your neck.


Flip-flops or sandals

You’ll be walking on endless carpets of sand so leave the closed shoes – especially heels – at home, in favour of sandals or flip-flops.


Comfy daywear

Pack a few options of relaxed separates for daytime; vests/bandeau tops and shorts for her, and T-shirts and shorts for him.


Boho evening wear

You’re staying in a gorgeous resort so go with a laidback luxury style at night. Think long, elegant kaftans and colourful maxi dresses for women, and knee-length shorts/linen trousers paired with linen shirts for men.


Rash vest

If you’re planning to spend hours swimming in the Indian Ocean, a rash vest will protect your upper body from sunburn. It may not be the most stylish addition to your packing list, but you’ll be glad you brought it.


Accessories and extras

A good book

When all you want to do is laze in a hammock on the beach, a good book or fully loaded Kindle are the best companions you can have.


Underwater camera

The Maldives is most beautiful underwater. Pack an underwater camera like a GoPro or a waterproof camera case so you can snap your sub-aquatic adventures.


Insect repellant

Keep mosquito bites at bay with all-important, and preferably natural, insect repellant.



Should be top of everyone’s list. Make sure you look carefully at the ingredients and buy a reef-friendly one, which doesn’t contain the chemical oxybenzone, known to damage coral.


Dry bag

If you’re planning to head out to sea for a day of fishing or scuba diving, a handy dry bag will keep your sundries splash-free.



You’re on an island in the middle of nowhere so if you need any essential medication, bring it with you. Otherwise, it can take time to source it from elsewhere.


Leave behind


Don’t waste suitcase space packing unnecessary towels when the resort will have them for you.


Snorkelling accessories

Your resort will have these too, so save space and leave bulky snorkels and flippers at home.


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