You’re off to paradise, now what to throw into your suitcase? From essential clothing to trip-enhancing accessories, our guide on what to pack for the Maldives will raise your luggage game. Before you pack, don’t forget to check your seaplane weight allowance. Be sure to travel wearing something conservative for when you 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 posing and something practical and comfortable for scuba diving and swimming.
Sunglasses and sun hat
No list of what to pack for the Maldives would miss these essentials. Bring a quality pair of both 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 ditch the closed shoes – and especially heels – in favour of sandals, slides or flip-flops.
Pack a few options of easy-breezy separates for daytime; vest or bandeau tops and shorts for her and T-shirts and shorts for him.
You’re staying in a gorgeous resort so indulge in a laid-back luxury vibe at night. Long, elegant kaftans and colourful maxi dresses are perfect for her and for him, smart, knee-length shorts or long, linen trousers paired with smart linen shirts work a dream.
If you’re planning to spend endless hours swimming in the inviting Indian Ocean – which, let’s face it, is likely – a rash vest will protect your upper body from sun burn. Not the most romantic addition to a ‘what to pack for the Maldives’ list, but you’ll be glad you brought it!
ACCESSORIES & EXTRAS
A good book
When there’s little else you’d like to do aside from lazing in a hammock on the beach, a good book or fully loaded Kindle is the best companion you can have.
The Maldives is at its most beautiful underwater and it would be criminal not to capture its beauty. Pack an underwater camera like a GoPro or a waterproof camera case so you can snap your sub-aquatic adventures.
Keep mosquito bites at bay with some all-important natural insect repellant.
A no-brainer, but don’t forget it!
If you’re planning to head out to sea for a day of fishing or scuba diving, pack a handy dry bag that’ll 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.
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME
Don’t waste precious suitcase space packing unnecessary towels when your resort will have them for you to use at the beach and pool.
Your resort will have these too, so save space and leave bulky snorkels and flippers at home.
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