Maldives: What to pack!
Updated: Dec 4, 2021
The excitement begins even before you arrive in the Maldives. The initial flight is an adventure in and of itself and it only takes a single glance out the window to see why this tropical paradise is on every single persons bucket list! Firstly, you will have an amazing opportunity to get a birds eye view of the archipelago, which is nothing short of spectacular. Then secondly, as you make your decent and approach the landing strip (or lack thereof), it almost feels as if you're flying directly into the sea as you eagerly anticipate the landing strip to appear!
We have no doubt that the days leading up to your Maldives Island Hopping experience to be filled with excitement and anticipation. When packing for your trip to the Maldives, you should remember to keep a balanced suitcase because let's face it, you are likely to overpack then wear the same bathers everyday once you click over to island life!
Now that you have read our travel guide on Getting to the Maldives, our next task is to maximise your time enjoying the vacation. We recommend to begin organising your trip by crossing off items from your Maldives packing list which will undoubtedly result in carefree and memorable vacation once you land.
A Maldives packing list consists of a few essential items, clothing, and accessories that are required for any beach resort. However, the islands are brimming with laid-back moments, breathtaking scenery, so just like everyone else who ventures to their shores, don't forget to pack some nice clothes because you will have some amazing photo opportunities that will be able to remain with you for a lifetime!
When to Travel
The Maldives, a sun-kissed beach destination, is bustling with tourists all year. While the monsoon season lasts from May to October, the Maldives' climate usually is pleasant. The peak tourist season lasts around six months Between November and April, with a large number of Europeans go to the area to escape their winter and soak up the Maldivian sun. During December and January prices are at their peak and most places are packed to the the brim, so we recommend to go travel in the months either side of this period as you with get the most value for your dollar and still enjoy the best weather.
What to Pack
Maintaining a packing list for your Maldives trip is a smart idea:
● Sandals/Flip Flops
● Wide-brimmed sun hat
● Sarong/Light Scarf
● Sunscreen & Sunglasses
● Rashy/Sun Proof Top
● Lightweight Cotton Clothing
● Smart Evening Wear
● Waterproof/Dry Bag
● Insect repellent
What not to Pack
● Beach Towels (All will be provided)
● Snorkels & Flippers (Available on all islands)
● Alcohol (This is illegal)
Things you'll need!
The local currency of The Maldives is The Maldivian Rufiyaa although the USD is widely used and accepted. In most cases, prices will be advertised to you in USD, especially in resorts and the more popular local islands. You can pay for most things on Credit Card, although we do recommend to bring over some USD in cash if you are travelling through the local islands, plus it is always nice to have some cash for tips. If you don't bring cash over and would like to withdraw or exchange, there are ATMs at the airport and on some of the bigger and more popular local islands.
Travel without travel insurance is never a good idea. When traveling, you never know what can happen, and it's always best to be safe than sorry. You'll want to be covered, even more so if you're participating in water-based sports such as scuba diving or snorkeling. For short-term policies, we offer World Nomads.
Vaccinations are not a requirement for The Maldives but a negative PCR test before arrival is. We don't want to bore you with the covid rigmarole but if you would like to find out more information you can find it here in our covid requirements update.
A Type G British adapter is used in the Maldives. A universal adaptor is always a good idea when traveling, so make sure you find a nice one to keep you charged.
Once you land in the Maldives, you can purchase a prepaid simcard from the airport. There are a number of providers to choose from, and all offer similar products for a similar price. Dhiraagu and Vodafone are the most popular and offer 7 and 14 day packages for around $15 for 4GB, $30 for 17 GB or $50 for 30 GB of data.
We recommend buying the SIM card at the airport, as there will be limited places for you to purchase one after this. Wifi is available all over the Maldives, in both resorts and on local islands, but it can get slow depending now which island you are staying on.
You'll capture some incredible images while experiencing the Maldives' incredibly colorful underwater life! We recommend purchasing a GoPro camera before your vacation.
If you're interested in photography, you should know that a drone allows for some insane shots! Please check the hotel's policy first, as some resorts prohibit flying your drone over private bungalows. Simply adhere to the regulations, and you will be alright! Here is our packing list for your Maldives vacation. As you can see, this list is relatively short. You don't need much, so our advice is to pack lightly and simply enjoy it!