What to pack for Seychelles

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  • Next to nothing

    by ShinyNewPlaces Updated Nov 23, 2013

    Luggage and bags: No need for a backpack. Normal luggage will not be a problem on boats and transportations.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimwear and cotton/linnen clothes. Seychelles is very humid so everything will get moist. Bring stuff that dries easily. Bring bathing shoes for some of the beaches with reefs and hiking between beaches. Also, bring or buy an extra sarong for tying to bushes to get some shade on the more deserted beaches. Trust me on this. And bring or buy a hat and sunglasses.
    Bring or buy an umbrella for the showers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Lots and lots and lots of sunscreen, 30 and 50, after sun (for example aloe vera) and mosquito repellent. I don't burn easily but the sun is really strong here. You can get sunscreen at souvenir shops and local supermarkets but it can be very expensive and if you want any of the fancy stuff, like sprays, they won't have it.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring snorkelling gear if you want to go snorkelling on your own. Very limited possibilities for renting. Small backpack for daytrips and hikes.

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    Don't need this

    by skippinrocks Written May 13, 2010

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can find shampoos, conditioners, sunscreen, soap, razors, shaving cream, hair gel, q-tips, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
    You can’t find spray on sunscreen which comes in very handy if you don’t have anyone to put sunscreen on your back and if you have short hair so you can spray your scalp, so I would say bring lots of spray on sunscreen. I haven’t had any problem with biting bugs here, but if this becomes a problem, there is bug spray available here.

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    Bring this

    by skippinrocks Written May 13, 2010

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: No jeans, one or two pair of light pants, shorts, thin short sleeve shirts, bathing suit or two, sandals, tennis shoes, definitely sunglasses, and a poncho or umbrella if you can't stand getting wet. But it's always warm here, even if it's raining.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Spray sunscreen is a must if you are travelling alone to get the parts you can’t reach, Imodium AD (one side note here, you are going to get at least a mild case of diarreah if you are here for any length of time. It’s unavoidable, so plan for it.) Also, there is no Malaria here so leave the medicine at home. You can find shampoos, conditioners, sunscreen, soap, razors, shaving cream, hair gel, q-tips, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.
    You can’t find spray on sunscreen which comes in very handy if you don’t have anyone to put sunscreen on your back and if you have short hair so you can spray your scalp, so I would say bring lots of spray on sunscreen.

    Photo Equipment: A good camera, lots of memory or something to download on to, and a waterproof pocket for the camera or waterproof camera (Don’t forget batteries or a way to charge them). A camera is a must. There are some incredible sites here that you will want to remember. Huge Tortoises that live to be 200 years old and weigh hundreds of pounds, sunsets and orange sky, and of course the famous Coco de mer nut that looks like…well you just have to see for yourself. Not to mention the underwater sites. If you are just going to snorkel, I recommend going to Amazon.com and looking up “Dicapac”. They are waterproof pouches for most cameras, good down to 30 feet. I use mine regularly with no problems at all with water inside. It’s one of the best things I brought. Otherwise, you may want to bring a waterproof camera.

    Miscellaneous: If you have electronics that run on 120V 60hz, you should bring a 220v to 120v adapter. They have adapters here but the quality is poor and if you have a three prong 120v plug that has a ground, it is difficult to find an adapter, but it can be found.
    Computers, printers, printer cartridges, cell phones, cell phone chargers, pretty much any type of electronics can be found, BUT, it may not be what you are looking for. Selection is limited and expensive.
    One thing that was difficult to find was a corkscrew, in case you wanted a bottle of wine.

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    by Aline82 Updated Feb 22, 2008

    Miscellaneous: Bring enough Euros! You can not get euros on the Seychelles, and some tourist stuff is only possible to pay with euros, with no chance to use your credit card.

    Save your Euros! And use your credt card to get hold of seychelle-money ;-)

    At my trip to the Seychelles, a 'nice' woman at our first hotel offered to change a lot of our euros. Later we realised that it would be smarter to keep it...

    La Digue

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  • Bring It If You Need It (but you won't need much)

    by ChrisAmirault Updated Feb 16, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Bring a back pack and/or canvas shopping bag, one per person. Both are essential if you plan to walk a lot or use the public transit system. And as every guide says, the mini mokes (little rental go-cart things) and "jeeps" (Suzuki Samurai) have no security whatsoever, so you'll carry everything with you. Finally, bring a beach bag, of course!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Obviously, short-sleeved shirts, shorts, flip-flops, and bathing suits -- it's 90F+ and humid, my friend! But also bring a long-sleeved shirt (comfy when wet if you snorkel) and some light pants; you may get too much sun and want to protect that flesh.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The vast majority of toiletries are shipped in to the islands, so if you need it, bring it. Availability in town is limited for most basics, and prices are very expensive at the resorts and tourist traps.If you're white, you MUST bring lots of high SPF sunscreen (err on the side of excess; 7 degrees south of the equator). And though we had few buggy events, they weren't fun, so bring some kind of bug repellent that isn't repellent to you and yours.

    Photo Equipment: Film is expensive, so bring more than what you think you'll need; if you're like us you'll use every roll. We were very glad we brought an underwater disposable camera, too.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring lots of beach gear:suits, snorkel equipment, flip flops, a beach hat, sunglasses. Bring it or suffer the fashion consequences (see photo).

    Miscellaneous: I'll say more in another section, but you should bring the food items and cooking utensils that you will want/need if you're going to be in a self-catering chalet or cabin. For example, we brought some spices, two good knives, coffee, tea, and (thank you Andrea!) a box of Godiva chocolate, two items from which became our nightly splurge.

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    Packing Tips

    by roxane&jose Written Oct 26, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Take a key lock instead of a combination lock, because somehow the airport managed to open our luggage despite the combination lock.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We took an umbrella, but really the rain is quite welcoming.
    Don't bother taking any warm clothes.
    Only take half of whatever clothes you are planning on taking, because you will live in your bikini & swimming shorts
    Don't bother taking pyjamas because it's too hot to sleep with clothes on
    Don't bother taking anything smart/formal. Everywhere (including restaurants is casual)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant, citronella candles, flyswatter

    Photo Equipment: If you can, takea laptop to dump your digital photos on so you can male room on your camera for more. We took a total of 11 gigs worth of photos and video clips

    Miscellaneous: The Seychelles use British style flat 3 prong plugs. On air seychelles you can buy a universal adaptor from the on flight duty free store

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  • Ear Plugs and comfy sandals

    by neilvt Written Apr 7, 2006

    Luggage and bags: Soft bag with wheels and a small back-pack - load all your other stuff onto the 'trolley' and you don't need that taxi/ox cart

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T shirt(s), long board shorts, shirt with collar (flip the collar up to protect your neck when snorkelling),
    Be aware that swim shorts with the mesh underwear built in can cause serious chafing on the inside of the thighs (nappy rash), so give yourself the option of 'going commando' with the board shorts

    A large travel towel, one of those new fangled expensive ones - great as beach towels (sand comes off easily), great as extra blanket when air-conditioning goes mental

    Large roll-top waterproof bag - great for the beach to put wet stuff in to bring back, or to put your dry stuff in when it rains - also useful if snorkelling in deep water - roll up and take as a float so you can grab a rest

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Or, if you get the nappy rash, some nappy rash cream....
    Pain killers for head aches - snorkelling can bring on sinus pains
    Sun cream - got burnt on 1st day at 3pm, swimming in the pouring rain with dark clouds all around - so bring it and use it

    Photo Equipment: Managed to get memory cards written to cd/dvd on mahe and la digue

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: mask snorkel and flippers that fit you and work - don't leave it chance that you will be able to hire anything decent

    Miscellaneous: Ear plugs for the flights and the pack of howling dogs that will find you at 4 in the morning - paradise can be noisy
    Comfy sandals that will also allow you walk on the rocks/coral

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    keeping your keys/money dry

    by mandy66 Written Nov 11, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: If you can find a piece of equipment that goes around your neck and keeps your room keys/money dry you will find it very useful - we put our money in a little plastic ziplock bag then in a little container that goes on a string around your neck - very useful when swimming/snorkelling !!

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    Most things are hard to find here !

    by mandy66 Updated Oct 31, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: We used rucksacks which are a going to acouple of islands.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Not a lot ! shorts T-shirts, swimming gear and a pair of walking type sandals (you know the velcro/activity type things ??) I took trainers but never wore them the sandals were great cause they are comfortable and you can wear them in and out of the water.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take everything you may even think you MAY need !! I never even saw a chemist/pharmacy in Mahe !! and if you do come accross suntan lotion or aftersun even it's VERY expensive so take a good comprehensive first aid/sickness kit just in case (we both got stinking colds as soon as we arrived probably from the airplane journey and used our supply of paracetamol and sore throat sweets in the first week !) also take some type of sting relief cream (such as Antisan for insect bites that can be very itchy !) . So basically if in doubt take it with you !

    Photo Equipment: Take loads of film with you or a large memory card (we used 2 x 256mb cards in 2 weeks) and take a disposable underwater camera too - we didn't and regret it now although I don't know what the quality of a disposable would be like ??

    Miscellaneous: We found a penknife useful (for peeling fruit). Take a travel alarm with you too - sometimes if you go on organised trips you need to get up early and none of our hotel rooms had a clock . - You can ask for a wake up call/knock on the door but this is the Seychelles and this may or may not happen !

    As mentioned before take a rash vest with you with a SPF if snorkelling (or a t-shirt) it really stops you from getting burnt.

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    Do not forget

    by Blanula Written Jun 10, 2005

    Luggage and bags: small backpack (if you like to go on some trips, it is very advisable to take water, towel, sun cream..etc.)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light clothing - there is hot even at night
    trainers (if you like to explore the islands)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun-cream 30 or more (I know it sounds quite hight but trust me, I got burnt)
    After sun

    Photo Equipment: loads of films for your camera - or ever better - digital camera with loads of memory..

    !!you will need loads of water!!

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    stuff not to forget at home ;)

    by marcic Written Apr 26, 2005

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Suncreen... sunscreen.. sunscreen. Funny but during our stay on La Digue for two weeks we ran out and could not find it either.

    Photo Equipment: UV filters is a must. If going digital learn from my mistakes - plenty of memory cards or a laptop with USB cable or card reader (which I left at home). Say hello to Roy at Safari Club if you stay on La Digue he helped me to dl pics from my cards to USB sticks luckily i had with me. If going camcorder - enough tapes -on La Digue they did not have miniDV tapes at all. Found one on Praslin tho and paid 3x as much as in Europe.

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    Tools of the trade - picnic

    by Saagar Written May 19, 2004

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Finding out that returning to the hotel or a restaurant for lunch is a bummer when you are out on the beach in a nice and remote place? Or you are on a real budget and have just awakened to the reality of mark-ups of food on the short way from the market to the restaurant table?
    The idea of a picnic dawns on you. Next stop: supermarket. Here you will find all necessary things for the outdoor eating adventure: spoons, forks, knives, cups, plates etc. made from plastic or cardboard or even more durable metal stuff. Good, may I have two of each? No.
    Consistently all sorts of picnic gear come by the dozen, twenty or fifty.
    The way to deal with it is to bring from home what you need. Should be easy and lightweight.
    When you have your cutlery all set you can buy the provisions on the way to the beach to minimize stockpiling food in your hotel room. I found the mango&peach juice (1L packs) and other juice varieties very good value for money...

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    Money - what to bring to the Seychelles

    by Saagar Written May 19, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: Before you leave home, fill up your debit bank card account and trust this as the key economic reserve. There are several ATMs that will accept visa, master card etc. Hotel bills, some fancy restaurants and major souvenir shops also accept cards.

    Then bring your credit card, too in case of loss of the debit card or cash, or some other incident that calls on bigger money, quick. Some hefty purchase you did not expect?

    Bring some cash dollars, euros or pounds or other easily convertible currencies. It’s good to have an ample supply of this as things on the Seychelles are costly, and some things and services can only be bought by foreign exchange, and there may be the situation that you have run out of rupees and the bank is closed and there is no ATM nearby.

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    Strap-on sandals for use in water

    by Saagar Written May 8, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a good pair of sandals with straps so that they don't fall off in the water. Cumbersome to swim with, but unmatched as a safety precaution against stepping on broken and sharp pieces of coral and stinging little critters on the bottom.
    If you are really into reef discovery, bring kayaker's or rafter's wet shoes with a good outer sole. They offer even better protection and less trouble when swimming.
    I did not see any of the really good sandal brands or types useful for this purpose in Victoria.

    Exactly what I mean...
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    Hot, hot, hot!

    by Saagar Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: I used a cargo bag rather than a hard shell suitcase. Proved a great choice, I could strap it on like a backpack between pier and hotel, taxi and boat etc. Had a good daypack as well and a beach sack for towel, snorkel and fins. When out in a boat or on the reef with a camera I used a see-through kayaker's waterproof 5-litre bag.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 0) The Seychelles, at least away from the main hotels, despite the luxury tag and rumor, isn't much of a show-off place in terms of clothing. You can really take it easy, it's very relaxed, and if people look, it certainly isn't for the clothes! Yet the place is seen as decent, not wild, so cover up the essentials if more people are present.
    1) Very thin cotton material, easy to rinse out; you'll sweat!
    2) Rubber & nylon sandals for reef and beach walking, or kayakers' and rafters' wetshoes to protect the feet from coral, shells and spiny critters.
    3) Good sneakers for bushwalking and for the trip home.
    4) surfers' shirt: thin nylon/lycra stretch shirt to protect against sun and jellyfish
    5) Very dark sunglasses and a good cap, even a kayaker's hat with ear/neck cover would be sensible for the pinkies from the north. The sun is s t r o n g !

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 1) My lady could not find the right sun cream etc, in shops; an indication that this should be brought from home.
    2) Bring waterproof band aid: you will cut yourself on coral and scratch yourself on granite if you lead an active life here!
    3) A sting eazer or ointment against irritating stings from sandflies, biting flies and the few mosquitos that are around.
    4) A proper sunblock

    Photo Equipment: Bring your slides film with you!!! This is Velvia land, high on greenery and very bright, ideal for 50 ASA.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 1) Platypus plastic water bottles were great for bringing drinking water to the beach or on a hike, they collapse as you drink.
    2) A small knife was great for cutting coconuts that I found, peeling mangoes etc.
    3) A bit of picnic gear was great when spending the whole day out; easy to buy food, but the cheap hardware tended to come in sets of 6 or 50.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a book about coral reef fishes, didn't see such a reference book in the Seychelles. Left mine at the reception of Patatran Bunglaows, La Digue - serve yourself!

    Hot, hot, hot!

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