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Luggage and bags: Please note: The Maldives does not let you bring your own alcohol, but will sell it to you in every hotel and resort. At VERY high prices.
THE SOLUTION IS WRITTEN BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH BREAKING THE RULES - DO NOT READ THE SECTION BELOW
You were warned!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: THE PROBLEM WITH GETTING IN ALCOHOL.
Your Duty Free bottles all have the same problem- metal caps and distinctive shapes. Further, they are places in your luggage and/or plastic shopping bags that 2-3 local (Muslim) ladies check on the x-ray machine when you come into the country. What they do not do is make your remove clothing or check YOU physically. Big pockets on trousers and zip pockets on light jackets around your waste are not checked. The solution? Read below.
Miscellaneous: THE SOLUTION
THE PLATYPUS 1
Water Carrier available at all fine camping supply stores. These beauties last a lifetime and can hold 1 litre of liquid and can be bent in half in a large pocket. You can secrete 1-3 on just 1 person. And they do not set off metal detectors or other scanning equipment. You also will need a disposable funnel (not pictured). Always best to sacrifice a 1-2 decoy bottles that get returned to you anyway.
Switched safely to your locked luggage once you are in your hotel, you will enjoy cheap drinks for your entire stay.
Please note the pictures were taken in Europe and I have not advised anyone to put anything into the PLATYPUS 1 except water. It’s not my fault if you use your imagination.
Updated Apr 4, 2011