What to pack for Sri Lanka

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    Ear Plugs

    by ogb4619 Updated Sep 26, 2003

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    Miscellaneous: You should take a short (your heart may not stand a long one) taxi ride in the 3 wheeled scooter taxis.
    Because there are no windows to wind up, you'd best take a set of ear plugs each.
    Oh, and ensure your life and accident insurance is up to date

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    Camera Batteries are very hard to find

    by 1Tony Updated Aug 28, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't take to much clothing, get it made to measure by one of the local taylors whilst your there. TIP take a photograph with you of a design you like and have it made for you!

    Photo Equipment: Long lens for wildlife, wide angle for tourism. Batteries for SLR's

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    what to do before you leave + info Sri Lanka

    by Martino100 Written Jun 8, 2003

    Miscellaneous: Climate

    The best period to go to Sri Lanka is from December until march for the west and the south coast and the mountains. The best period to go to the east coast is from may until September.


    In Sri Lanka you pay with a roepee. One roepee is 1,2 eurocent. In some shops and restaurants you can also pay with dollars. You can change your dollars without problems in any hotel or bank.


    Travellers who live in West Europe, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zeeland, Hong Kong, Japan and China don’t need a special visa to get in to Sri Lanka. You get your visa automaticly when they arrive at the airport of Sri Lanka.


    When you go to Sri Lanka it is best to get some shots against malaria, cholera, hepatitis and tyfus. You can also better take a first aid kid with you because a hospital can be far away when you get injured. Also boil first the water before you drink it.

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  • Don't bring many clothes

    by John1954 Updated May 23, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take one change of clothes plus underwear and buy the rest in Sri Lanka. It's so cheap. If you like an item of clothing and it is not in your size, don't worry, they will normally make it to your size within 24 hours, with any amendments you want, and you won't pay much more (if anything) than the 'off the peg' price

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    Mosquitos, sun screen and plug adapators!

    by datapanik Written Apr 17, 2003

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito repellent for malarial areas, sun lotion and a hat (tropical sun is very intense even through clouds).

    Miscellaneous: A plug adaptor is useful though I found that buying one locally was much cheaper than the overpriced adaptors on sale at Heathrow.

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  • Travel light - come back fully suited

    by scubajensen Written Apr 6, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Next time when I will travel to Sri Lanka I will come with one set of cloth, snorkel, fin and mask only and spend my first day cloth shopping in Colombo at ODELS. You can buy an enormous amount of close - especially 2nd selection of expenisve brands like Banana Republic, GAP, Tommy Hilfinger - for such a cheap price you can't believe it. (We 2 brought roughly 30kg cloth with us as we did shopping the last day).

    Photo Equipment: Slide films are very difficult to buy - better bring sufficient material with you.

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    Practical equipment

    by myriam_c Updated Feb 18, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Something to cover your shoulders and your legs when you want to visit the temples. A sari or a sarong are easy to wrap around.
    Also socks, because the temple floors can be hot!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and mosquito repellant.

    Photo Equipment: Photographic material (more than you expect to be needing!).

    Miscellaneous: Ballpoints for the children.

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    Dress code

    by ak47uk Written Jan 19, 2003

    Miscellaneous: You do not need to bring much in the way of clothes with you because most of the things that you need can be bought cheaply here. You might want to bring some warm clothes if you intend to travel in the hill country and maybe a light mac for when it rains.

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    the tropics

    by Igraine Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Since you are in the tropics wear light comfortable clothes. Bring a jacket or sweater for inside buses and freezing hotel lobbies. If you went on vacation as i did bring some evening wear. Shorts are not wel looked on to with dinner.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and aftersun lotion

    Photo Equipment: Dont forget to bring film, you can buy film but i am not sure about the quality.

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    by millward Updated Sep 9, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Don't take too much.....our hotel did dry cleaning and laundry ..cheap and very very quick

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: you can buy most things over there....but its probably wiser to take ..insect spray , asprin etc

    Photo Equipment: take spare film with you

    Miscellaneous: Go and enjoy yourself..you will get a warm welcome...and they really need the tourist income..

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    by lauriejeanne Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear breathable fabrics -- 100% cotton is the best! Anything even slightly synthetic, no matter how light, will literally stick to you!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Medication for stomache ailments is a must. So are malaria pills. And be sure to get the proper innoculations before you go.

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    by jerry13 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Pack light and bring a small bag. You don't want (or need) too much stuff to worry about.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light, blow-through clothing that will dry quickly. You don't need anything but sandals, unless you are going to be hiking in the hills, in which case basic approach shoes are more than enough. If it rains in Sri Lanka, you get completely drenched, but it's very warm so I never cared too much about it. You also dry rather quickly.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet paper is not universal in Sri Lanka, so bring a roll if you need it. Most things can be bought quite easily, and VERY cheaply, in all the major cities and surrounding areas.

    Photo Equipment: If you're in the cities, you can probably buy almost anything you need, but it's often pricey and the quality may be questionable (sometimes you find brand-names that you've never seen before).

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    by bitsa Written Aug 25, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Remember when it rains, it rains!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget the insect repellant - get something with deet in

    Miscellaneous: pens and stationery for the children (and their parents!) The Sri Lankans value education highly, but school supplies are expensive and sometimes hard to find. I have one child (now doing postgraduate study) who still writes to me annually after giving him a biro fifteen years' ago.

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    by wonga0 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Tropical climate at the coast where the temp is as high as 30c and high humidity. It's crispy cool in the centre of the hill country and then the temp may fall to 16c or even lower at the Adam's Peak. So depends on where you go, you may need warm clothing, windbreaker, warm socks, umbrella....

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    by Reynald2003 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: a swim suit should be enough :-)
    seriously you just have to take some light clothes as shorts, t-shirt...etc... the weather is very hot and humidy is high !! just take 1 rain coat if you are going there in the rain season when it will rain almost every evening ( mai to september ).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: IMPORTANT : take an anti mosquitoe lotion !!!!!!
    a sun lotion !!!!! and a normal first help bag with medical alcohol, medics for headache...etc...

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