ALWAYS CARRY INSECT AND MOSQUITO REPELLANT
Luggage and bags: I always carry a small "day out"backpack : This carries my daily neccesities and they are:
My large digital camera and lenses (out of sight)
Never be without a good insect and Mosquito repellant when in the tropics as malaria and degue fever are prevelant.
I always carry sufficient fresh bottled water in the tropics to avoid dehydration.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure that you have comfortable walking/ hiking shoes/ boots.
A wide brimmed hat for the sun
A pair of reliable sunglasses.
A small rolled up poncho that covers me and my back/pack.Tropical storms can happen in a minute.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A small tube of sunscreen 30+.a neccesity in the tropical sun.
A small tube of moisturiser.
A small packet of wet ones.. for the heat and also wiping minor injuries.
A small packet of tissues..just in case the roll is empty.!!
A small tube of lip balm.
A couple of band aid strips...just in case.
A small plastic bottle of antiseptic hand sanitiser..every time you eat with your hands only.
These are all small items and fit in the "AIRPORT" plastic sandwich bag.
Photo Equipment: My small digital camera.
A spare memory card.
A digital camera battery charger.
An International power point adaptor.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Never be without a small self charging torch.
A mobile phone for emergencies.
A small calculator.
Miscellaneous: THIS MAY SEEM A LOT..BUT THEY ARE ONLY SMALL ITEMS AND WEIGH LITTLE...Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
The must take with you list....
Luggage and bags: Depending on how long you're going for you generally need no more than one large suit case for about a week.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Singlets, shorts, hats and jandals is pretty much all you need. Swimming togs for guys and bikini's for girls. There are shops there that sell all these really cheap as well if you do forget something and its always nice to get something from the place you stay at as a souvenir.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just the basics as you would normally take with you. An absolute MUST is mosquito repellent as they will eat you alive!
Photo Equipment: Underwater camera is a must for the beautiful sealife.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Togs, hats and sunsreen lotion. Towels are not essential as most resorts will supply these for you.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
Miscellaneous: If you're heading out to the islands, it's very important to remember that there are no ATMs out there! And very, very few of the hotels accept credit cards. So, the only way to pay for things is either by cash or traveller's cheques - and you won't get a good exchange rate on the traveller's cheques! So be sure to make sure you have enough cash to see you through, otherwise you could wind up in trouble! If you don't want to carry too much cash, and are travelling on the Yasawa Flyer, then consider buying some accomodation passes in advance.Related to:
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Backpackers mobile bathroom
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring a small bucket that fits into your backpack, put a plastic bag in the bucket and all your toiletries and medical supplies along with detergent, string and clothespins in the bag. Very convenient when you stay one night here and two there, just pick your mobile bathroom out from your backpack, and whenever you need to do your laundry, take the bag with all the stuff out of the bucket.Related to:
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Luggage and bags: Your backpack and a daypack to put some things in when doing a daytour.
Its also handy to bring another big bag that you can lock. So you can put some clothes in it and leave it at a luggage storage in a hostel in Nadi, if you dont want to take everything with you when hopping around the islands.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer clothes in light colors. Shorts, shirts, skirts or sarongs.
Teva slippers are very comfortable when hiking otherwise I walked all the time on flip flops.
Plastic reef walking shoes are very handy too.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just your usual toiletries. Everything you have forgotten you can buy in Nadi town so dont worry.
If you want to buy mosquito repellent its better to buy it in Nadi town, they have very good mosquito repellent.
Photo Equipment: Just your camera.
Its very handy to bring a underwatercamera for single use to make some pictures underwater when you snorkel.
Miscellaneous: Actually its just packing light. Its very hot !Related to:
- Budget Travel
Take your own scuba gear
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: I would have loved to have dived in the beautiful clear waters around Fiji, but the cruise did not offer that facility unless you had brought your own gear, and there was at least one other person to buddy you. So, I was stuck with snorkelling.Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
What you need!
Luggage and bags: When venturing into the unknown of the Fiji Islands, pack light the days can get very hot and humid and you may find yourself walking around for hours and a heavy bag wouldnt go to well.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fiji street are very dirty and dusty, you may wish to wear shoes unless you want a wash up job at the end of your day walking around.
Photo Equipment: A camera is a must on any trip to anywhere on the planet. Wouldnt you agree?
Photos form home
Miscellaneous: If you plan on talking and interacting with local, they love to see photos of where you come from. This will really make you alot of friends. Even those who are a little shy will come over and ask you to show the pictures to therm.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take lots of shorts, tanks, flip-flops, swim-suits and maybe a longer sleeved thin something in case you bake yourself. Hat and sunglasses are also a very good idea. I did wear a pair of jeans a couple of times on nights out, but only because I didn't have enough skirts. :)
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Take sunscreen as I burned myself while out out on a small island resort and had to dish out around 13$ for a small bottle of 45+spf.
Photo Equipment: Locals seem to think it's cheaper to bring film from the US. I didn't really see that it made a difference, but I did follow their advice.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Watershoes are a good idea as the coral that gets washed up on the beach and dries there makes for a less comfortable beach experience.
Miscellaneous: The Fijian people are incredibly generous and when they've come to visit my friends and I, they always come bearing gifts be it sulu's or keychains, not positivie if it's tradition or just the families I've met, but either way, maybe fun to take something small for your hosts and people you meet from your home country.Related to:
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Luggage and bags: Backpack for day trips, large backpack / carry bag / small suitcase for rest of stuff.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Fiji's climate is warm so light clothing is most suitable - shorts, t-shirts, singlet tops etc. A jumper may be useful for night time. Women going to villages need to have their shoulders and knee's covered, so bear this in mind when packing. Sulu's (sarong) are very common and versatile, so pack one or leave room to buy one over there.
Sandals are the most versatile footware, but make sure you bring comfortable oneif you're planning on walking a lot. Sneakers may be useful for trekking and some footware for walking or coral is also very useful. Many places have sandshoes available for hire.
A hat and some wet weather gear also come in handy. Fijian's consider the head to be sacred, so remember to take off your hat when entering a village as it is an insult to the cheif if you leave it on.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Deoderant, suncream, moisturiser and insect repellant are the most important toiletries. If you're going diving hydrogen peroxide and iodine are useful for coral cuts, and tablets for diarrhea and stomach upstes are good for people going to areas where the drinking water isn't ideal. Even some of the tap water on the smaller islands is dodgy, so be cautious. If you have any problems the local fijians will be happy to tell you about Fiji medicine - I chewed some rank tasting leaves for my upset stomach, which worked well.
Photo Equipment: Pleanty of film and batteries for camera's - on one of the islands we stayed on the power was off for some of the afternoon and night, so if you're planning on taking a lot of video, make sure you have enough battery. Underwater camera's are also great for diving or snorkelling. Be aware that on smaller islands film can be available but at high prices.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We didn't camp so I'm not much use in that respect, but in terms of beach gear swiming suits, a hat, a wet shirt, some kind of footwear and lots of suncream are a must in Fiji. Nude sunbathing is actually illegal, and revealing swimsuits are only suitable around resorts and hostels.
Miscellaneous: Guide books. I know a lot of people on here aren't a fan but for an out of the way place such as this, they're very handy. Mine was left in my first hotel room by an outward bound traveller with handy hints written in. The pre-internet version of VT, I suppose. All I knew about Fiji when I landed was: the airport's at Nadi, which is pronounced Nandi; it's bigger than you think; the main road goes round the edge. That was it! I needed a guide book.
Luggage and bags: We brought one suitcase for the both of us. We stayed at only two hotels and didn't have to lug it around too much.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: August is the dry time of year and all we really wore were bathing suits, sarongs, shorts, hats and sunblock.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you plan on bringing a blow dryer (too humid, you shouldn't bother) bring a converter for the outlet. And anti-itch cream. (I used cortisone.) Many of the resorts have baby sea turtle ponds on them and standing water means mosquito bites (30 on my back alone.)
Photo Equipment: We brought disposable under water cameras purchased in the States, they're too expensive abroad, if you can find them at all. Our regular camera lense fogged when we'd leave anyplace air conditioned. The humidity causes it and your camera isn't ruined, it just needs to adjust.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We brought our own scuba gear. I know where it's been and how to use it. My wet suit (for the Pacific Northwest) was way overkill and even though I used only the top half (it's two pieces) I could've gone the whole time with just my dive skin. I recommend some kind of skin or wet suit though because of the sun (my husband got pretty sunburned our first day out) and enviornmental protection underwater (from stinging hydroids).
Miscellaneous: If you're planning on heading out to one of the resort islands, just a reminder that bring anything you can in the name of toiletries. A bottle of lotion went for $10 Fijian...drastically marked up, I think. When you're on the island, you are a captive audience and if it comes down to something like sunblock...a MUST HAVE...they can do whatever they want.
Luggage and bags: If you are flying to the smaller islands they make you get on a scale with your carry on luggage. And there is a weight limit for luggage.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: you must have Tevas or sneakers to go in the water off the islands as it is mostly coral
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you pack a travel bag in case your luggage doesn't arrive with you.
Photo Equipment: The electrical current is different and you will need a tansformer. They also check you bags every where, you are only allowed to carry on so many batteries.
Luggage and bags: Backpacks, day packs etc.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sandals like Tevas, shorts, swimming costume and tshirts. Maybe a rain jacket as well.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen lotion is a must, SPF 15 or 30 minimum due to the strong sun. Also some after sun gel like Aloe Vera is advised in case you catch to many rays.
Photo Equipment: Underwater camera, normal cameras and lots of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Mosquito net if you dont want to be kept awake at night.
Miscellaneous: Cash is needed on some of the outer islands as they don't take Visa/MC or TCs. Most of the resorts will take credit cards though. Only ATMs are in the main cities. Best to grab a few Fijian dollars at the ATM in Nadi.
Luggage and bags: when going ashore a material bag big enough to hold your snorkeling gear.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: the sarong is essential. It doubles as your beach towel as well as a cover up
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Again the sarong but don't forget the hat, sunnies & sunscreen. Also aloe vera gel for afetr sun if necessary.
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