Toiletries and Medical Supplies: For some medicines you need an extra prescription from your doctor as a proof that you need these medicines.
Toiletries: Sun protector with high SPF (at least 20) is essential!
Photo Equipment: Bring enough film rolls. They can be purchased without any problem but prices are really prohibitive.
Miscellaneous: If you intend to go snorkeling, bring your own mask, snorkel and fins. It does not take much place in your suitcase and renting costs abt. 10 US$ daily.
Money: The local Maldives currency is the Rufiaa. However everything on the islands is paid in US$, so don't change your currency into Ruffiaa because you can do nothing with it. In fact you pay everything with a credit card at the end of your stay. Do bring some US$ for the usual tips and for some small things you might want to buy in Malé.
Tipping: your waiter in the restaurant as well as your room boy expect their tip (or at least large part of it) on the first day of your stay and not on your last day. They will do everything to make you feel comfortable. If you were satisfied by their services they expect some more tip the day you leave (and they know exactly when you leave!!).
Luggage and bags: Hard covered suite cases are the best for long distance travel.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One pair flip flops or casual sandals. Mostly you will be bare foot. Bathing suits, shorts, tank tops, wraps for the ladies or you can buy them cheap on the tourist resorts. Men trunks for swimming and tshirts. If you decide to go to a 5 star you might want to bring evening clothes. Most resorts are casual but simple casual is the best for the rest.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shampoo, cream rinse, toothpaste (do not run out) it is expensive to buy on the resort shop 5 us dollars. Mosquito repelent (lots of it) and lots of sun tan lotion ( the sun is extremely hot an one can burn quickly). Some resorts do not supply body soap so check to see or pack your own.
Photo Equipment: Lots of film. 220 volts is used in most of the maldives so bring a travel converter.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Fins, snorkel and mask as they might be expensive to hire for your stay.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: TAKE A PAIR OF JELLYS OR PLASTIC SHOES FOR SWIMMING IF YOU DON'T HAVE FLIPPERS FOR SWIMMING THE CORAL IS SHARP!!!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: BASIC BITS, TAKE SOME ANTI MOSQUITO CREAM, THERE ARE A FEW ABOUT.
Miscellaneous: TAKE A COOL BAG WHEN YOU BUY WATER AND CARRY IT ABOUT IT GETS A BIT WARM-
WIFE SAYS PUT YOUR MAKE UP IN THE ROOM FRIDGE, IT STOPS THE LIPPIE MELTING
Luggage and bags: Just whatever you would normally take on a flying holiday - a mix of cabin luggage and hold luggage. If you choose what you take with you carefully you won't need too much luggage!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Well the girl in the villa next to us wore one bikini and one sarong for the whole week, so basically she could pack all her clothes in a handbag! You'll probably need a little more than this, a couple of T-shirts, some shorts, maybe a thin, cool dress or trousers. Take clothes that will be cool to wear. Check what the resort you are staying at requires you to wear in the restaurants.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Loads of sunscreen. We used factor 35 for a full 2 weeks. Basically you're gonna be out in the sun for most of your holiday, so just be sensible about it.
We took an emegency hypodermic & transfusion kit with us (remember, Maldives is basically a 3rd world country outside of the resorts) but hopefully you'll never need this.
Photo Equipment: Take lots of film. The price of films in the resorts is ridiculous (14 US dollars for a 40 exposure APS film), the same film is 10 dollars in Male and 6 dollars in the UK. Also a disposable underwater camera is 25 dollars (8 in UK!) Also, take spare alkaline batteries.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Change of swimwear (though things dry quickly there), snorkelling gear if you have your own (though hire charges are not too bad).
Miscellaneous: Take a torch (if you're on an island like Meeru). To get back to our Villa from the main centre was a walk through the jungle, and although lit there were a lot of shadows. We nearly trod on a snake one time, until he hissed at us!
Luggage and bags: use a soft bag better than an unflexible suitcase, because it'll have to fit somehow in your cabin
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: the usual things for swimming, diving, sunbathing
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: seasickness tablets, clogged sinuses tabletts (Sudafed), iodine,
Miscellaneous: BOOKS. if you have a sweet tooth bring some nibbles.
Luggage and bags: Small and light overnight bag like I did. You don't need to ckeck in your luggage, so no chance of it getting lost.
I wonder what people take in huge suitcases to a tropical island where you don't even need to wear shoes...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 3 dresses, shorts and 2 tops, 4 bikinis, knickers, sandals and mules. Trousers, top and short sleeved linen shirt, which doubles as a jacket for the flight. Useful when visiting local islands because you need to cover your shoulders. I got two sarongs on my shopping trips, and that's it...
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I took insect reppelent, cream for stings and bites, which I didn't need. Lots of tanning lotion because I tan easily but even in my case I spent most of the first week in the shade. Spashed out in the last days, of course...
If your skin is sensitive or white take a high protection sun tan lotion. For children I would recomend wearing a t-shirt or all in one bathing suit.
Photo Equipment: I took nine films and used them all. Underwater cameras are on sale at the resort for $25 so buy yours on duty free for less than £10.
The rooms have adaptors for UK plugs.
All rooms have air conditioning with remote control.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can take your snorkeling equipment or rent it for $6/day. My option as it was my first time and I din't think I would be doing it every day.
Miscellaneous: If it rains go for a swim like me - it's wonderful! (see picture)
Luggage and bags: a suitcase will do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring lots of T shirts ( you'll need them)
Also bring Snorkeling gear, diving gear you can rent there.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun tan lotion (again? yes again!)
after sun, tooth paste (Haven't seen it anywhere)
Photo Equipment: Bring enough film with you buying it there is very expensive!! (the same goes for batteries and cigarettes)
Miscellaneous: Just make sure you buy everything you need in advance!!
Take your snorkel
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Invest in your own snorkelling equipment. It's cheaper than hiring & more expensive in the island shop. You'll be going again! So it will be worth the cost at home.Related to:
- Family Travel
Luggage and bags: Not very much...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimwear and Sunglasses
Miscellaneous: Keep in mind: It's a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.. so if you do not enjoy any kind of sports then be prepared with lots of stuff to read...
Photo Equipment: bring an underwater-camera!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: SNORKEL + FINS + MASK
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