What to pack for Maldives

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    Maldives Madness

    by Gillybob Updated Jun 11, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: You don't need to worry about leaving tons of room in your suitcases for souvenirs - you won't find lots that you can't find in Thailand, Vietnam and similar places. Be sure to remember that most airlines these days will not accept a suitcase weighing more than 32kgs as this presents a moving and handling problem for staff.

    If you have a seaplane transfer to/from your resort, double check your luggage allowance on that flight - you may well find it is only 15kgs compared with your international flight allowance of 20kgs.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Be sure to pack natural fibres as the heat and humidity will make you hot enough without synthetic fibres making it difficult for your skin to breathe naturally. Personally, ladies, I wouldn't bother packing anything with a heal. Most of the time you are going to be walking on sand so heals will just make walking a pain in the proverbial!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to pack prescription medicines (with certified copies of your prescription) to ensure that you don't experience difficulties bringing them into the country. I would highly recommend purchasing your sunblock and after sun lotions at home as they are expensive in the Maldives. Of course, once purchased, don't forget to pack them!!

    Photo Equipment: If you're still using a 35mm camera, purchase your film in advance as it can be difficult to get hold of anything other than simply ISO200 film in the Maldives. Again, if purchased in advance, don't forget to pack it.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Resorts will provide beach towels so no need to take precious room up packing any sort of towels.

    Packing a sarong is a great idea. If visiting a local island, it can be used to cover shoulders or thighs (remember you are in a muslim country and dressing modestly when away from the resort islands is a must). Additionally, a sarong can be used to drape over a beachside tree or bush to give you some shade.

    Miscellaneous: Don't bother trying to smuggle alcohol into the country. It really isn't that expensive at the resorts; it certainly isn't watered down (in my experience) and you're more likely to get into trouble and fined for your efforts. If you are a drinker, go all inclusive.

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    Not much needed!

    by Sunchild Written Aug 31, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swim wear, shorts and some legere clothes will do! Shoes are very seldom needed :-)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring all you need - as everything is really expensive!

    Photo Equipment: Bring your own films. And enough of them. A An Under- water-camera would be perfect. Can be rented there but is - what? Expensive!

    All can be bought/rented there, but very expensive.

    Miscellaneous: You'll need a few one-dollar-notes for the service-staff (if you pay with credit card). Cash is possible only in US Dollars!

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    Travel Light

    by Custodyspice Updated Apr 11, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shoes not required, OK, a pair of flip flops would be handy for the evenings. Both parts of bikinis, girls, remember what I said about 'No Jugs Out'. Cover up and wear proper clothing if you're taking a trip to Male, the Capital or inhabited local islands, as it is a muslim country.

    Photo Equipment: Underwater camera, a must for attempting to snap those little camera-shy wriggly clown fish! You'll regret it if you dont. And you can explain how the grouper fish that only looks 6 inches in the photo is in fact as long as a three seater sofa.

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    Dress Code

    by LisaMJ Written Oct 28, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Although the Maldives are associated with 'No news, no shoes', because we were staying in a top end resort, I thought it might be different. I packed for both eventualities, and I was right to pack my shoes! (Yes, all 9 pairs, but they were very versatile and inclided some lovely jewelled flip flops ;-)

    During the day, anything goes, although be sure to cover up swimwear in the restaurants. The walkways are sandy, but it's hard sand in places. Anyhow, I would always walk from our room barefoot and slip my shoes back on when we got to the bar/restaurant.

    Some women dressed in cocktail outfits, while some wore summery, casual, floral skirts and vests. I was somewhere in the middle, and wore silk camisoles, beaded vest tops, a smarter floral dress, black silk skirt, black and white floral skirt, always with a smarter vest /top. And I didn't look out of place. Yes I brought heeled shoes with me, and felt wonderful getting dressed up for dinner and wearing them.

    Miscellaneous: Lots of books! I got through 3 without even trying.

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    by DAO Updated Dec 9, 2012

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    Luggage and bags:
    If you don’t like controversy, do not read any further …

    Photo Equipment: 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.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You were warned!
    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: 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.

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    Keep it simple!

    by Ali&Steve Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Swimmies! Sunglasses! T Shirts & Shorts for gents. Sarongs, light loose gear for ladies, and maybe something slightly more dressy for the evening (to keep up with the Italians!) Flat sandals: heels stick in sand and there's nothing else to tread on! An absolute must for Filitheyo snorkellers - dive bootees or similarly protective footwear because getting out to the house reef across the loose coral and stones can be very painful. Umbrellas are supplied in your room in case of the odd shower.
    Ali's most important item: Waterproof mascara.
    Baldies: Don't forget your hat! Steve can testify to the pain and suffering of leaving this essential item behind

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring it all with you. "Personal" items for ladies are four times the price you'd pay at home. Pack sunblock and use it religiously - the Maldivian sun can be deceptively strong.Mossie repellent with plenty of DEET in it is essential, even though the whole island is sprayed every day.

    Photo Equipment: A decent camera. Definitely need one of those. An underwater camera if you have one, or divers can hire one from the Dive Centre.

    Underwater Maldivian Garden
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    by DOUGALSMUM Updated Aug 22, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: aqua shoes to prevent coral cutsin the ocean

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: plenty of insect repellant, and antihistamine cream and tablets, as mentioned before there is quite a problem with biting insects on kuredu, so be prepared, take plenty of repellant, and if you do get bitten antihistamine cream will cut down any reaction you may suffer- the antihistamine tablets will help stop the itching

    Photo Equipment: take plenty of spare film and batteries- and at the very least one disposable underwater camera

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    Dont forget the sun blocks

    by faridah Updated Jun 27, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: These are the list of things I brought( i travel with 2 kids)

    1. A first aid kit with plasters wil be good for all the cuts you get from walking on dead corals.
    2. water shoes or booties(kids sometimes dont want to use them on the beach, that when the plasters come in)
    3. lots and lots of biscuits and snacks for the in between meals munchies..
    4. sweets and lollies for the kids or local kids when you do island hopping
    5. drinking water
    6. hats,caps
    7. your own shampoos and shower gels or soap(you might not like the one given)
    8. snorkels
    9. sun block & after sun care lotion
    11.writing and colouring papers
    12.shovels, spades and pail for building the sand castle/great wall or pyramid..

    Dont forget to get the cat out of the bag!

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    by MattTB Written Sep 23, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Travel light! You don't need much! Swimming costume, shorts etc and a towl! Even evenings are dress down!

    Bring factor 30 cream, the sun is strong! Bring an old t-shirt to wear in the sea when scuba diving, your back burns.....

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito repellent, no Malaria here, but you don't want mosquito dive bombing you all night!

    Photo Equipment: Buy a cheap disposable water proof camera if you dont possess a quality water proof camera! You can take good shots with a disposable camera, see the ones on my pages.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Flippers, Snorkel and Mask are a must to visit the underwater world!

    Miscellaneous: Ladies! I'm not being sexist, but generally the girls are not as into snorkeling as the guys, so bring a good book! :)

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    what to wear?

    by o00o Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack lots of tee shirts, beachwear, light skirts, cotton shirts, slacks and shorts. At the resorts where you?fll have to walk on soft sand most of the time, going barefoot may be ideal for some. However on visits to inhabited islands, where most of the streets are of compact sand, or Male?f where most of the streets are paved, casual shoes or sandals are easy to walk on.

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    Items to make your trip more enjoyable

    by sierralyndon Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: You're going to get sand in everything, so bring something old.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: T-shirts, shorts, slippers and swimming gear of course. In the restaurant you can't go around in your swimming clothes.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant, band-aids for cuts on your feet from coral if you're not careful.

    Photo Equipment: Underwater cameras... they really work quite well. I was skeptical at first, but we managed to get some nice shots. A bit hard to aim though because you're bobbing around in the water when you snorkel. Just shoot and hope for the best. Get the cameras at home because they cost a lot of money at the resort.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring your own snorkelling mask...we had one between my husband and I, and had to take turns using the hotel one (the thought of the many people who've had it in their mouths...!!!). Always use flippers because the coral cuts your feet. If you don't like flippers at least have those plastic shoes that we saw many people using.

    Miscellaneous: Bring a flashlight... it was quite fun taking a stroll in the night-time along the long bridges and trying to find unique fish hanging around near the bridge. (Not so much fun for the fish I guess to get shone on like that, but they'll get over it!)

    Shot taken with disposable underwater camera
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    Must dive if you go for diving

    by Fish_Fish Written Mar 7, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Diving Computer is a must, coz you easily go deeper than you think and beware of how long to stay.

    Floating flag (sausage)
    Many dirft dive in Maldive, it means you will assend away from the boat or easily away from the DM.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack a few T-shirt and bring 3 set of swimming suit. Since we have 3 dives per day. We can have a quick shower after each dive and change the dry swimming suit and wait for another dive. Normally one to 2 hours.

    Photo Equipment: Bring the underwater camera. Or find a housing for your digital camera if you have. It's fun to share the picture after each dive.

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    what you shouldn't forget

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: bring shoes that you can wear in water (like reefshoes)... to protect your feet from corals and especially from the deadly stone-fish

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: high protection sun-screen (40 factor and over).

    Photo Equipment: cheap underwater cameras

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: fins, snorkels and mask to enjoy marine life. Bring also a t-shirt for snorkeling, so that you don't burn yourself

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    What you need

    by Myndo Updated Mar 31, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: On the smaller islands you can go barefeet and don't need shoes.
    It is a good idea to take some bathing shoes with you, because corals can be sharp!
    Umbrella- it tends to rain from time to time, but an Umbrella was offered by the resort.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: What you normally need, plus a good desinfectant and band aids
    Sunscreen with high protection! - this is close to the Equator
    Ear drops !: if you snorkel or dive, get some divers ear drops (this is the reciept, a pharmacy will prepare it for you: Acid Aceticum glaciale - 0,5; Aqua purificata - 2,5; Alcohol Isopropylicus ad 50). Wash out your ears with fresh water every time you were in the sea and use the drops 1-2 times a day to prevent infections. There is much plancton in the sea around the maldives, many people get otitis from that.

    Photo Equipment: Stock up at home with these underwater one way cameras. You will not often find them in the Maldives and if, you don't know how long they have been exposed to sun and heat. Better take some from home.

    Miscellaneous: Snorkeling gear - you could also rent it on the islands, but if you have bad eyes, you may consider making yourself a mask with your correction.

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  • First Aid

    by Beestie Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you take plenty of painkillers, plasters, sting/bite relief creams, mosquito repellant and of course any prescription medicines that you are likely to need.

    One recommendation would also be ear drops - you can pick up ear infections when out snorkeling/diving. We personally didn't encounter this problem but there were others on the resort not so fortunate.

    Its also worthwhile making sure you have sufficient supplies of your toiletries.

    Most shops on the resort islands offer basics but are very limited and expensive in what they can offer.

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