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What to pack for a holiday to The Maldives?

The big day is approaching and you couldn’t be more excited to get to the departure gate and board the plane to absolute paradise, also known as The Maldives.

This feeling is absolutely priceless, and we want everything to go as perfectly and smoothly as possible.

Packing for the Maldives should be taken seriously, after all, you’l be staying on a tiny, remote island in the middle of the Indian Ocean with limited access to shops... But do not worry, we’ve put together the ultimate guide to packing for your once-in-a-lifetime getaway to the Maldives, so you can travel in confidence.

Maldives Packing List - Maldives Secrets
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Suncream & After Sun Lotion

With the sea and sunshine all day, every day in The Maldives, you will be exposed to plentiful sun rays during your holiday. Protect your skin from sun burn and heat rashes with reliable and reef-safe suncream. It’s super important to choose suncream that is reef-safe in order to protect the ocean, corals and marine life from harmful chemicals that can be detrimental to the ecosystem.

Sunglasses & Sunhat

Protect your eyes and face with these essential items! Why not go for some eco-friendly options too? Did you know you can find bamboo sunglasses and sunhat? Make sure that they are polarised (meaning the lens adapts to the strength of the rays) and also ensure that they have a high UV protection rating. Any type of straw hat looks amazing in the tropics and will add to your fashionable resort look whilst protecting your face from the sun.

Hand sanitiser & Face Masks

Oh yes, the Covid days are still among us so make sure to sanitise and maintain safe distancing. Your airline should provide you with these hygiene items for your safety, but you should always travel with some spare ones just in case!

Bags: Beach Bag & Waterproof Bag

Bags are super useful when going abroad... where else to carry your book, sunscreen, glasses, towels and hat? You will need a beach bag to help you transport your items when going on an excursion or a tanning session on the beach. If you have expensive equipment, why not purchase a waterproof bag to avoid damaging any expensive items - especially when going out to the ocean.

Swimwear & Beachwear

You may have guessed it already, but this is an absolute essential for The Maldives! Don’t forget to bring some cover up when dining in restaurants at lunch time or dress modestly if you're going on a local island for instance.

Pack multiple pairs of swim suits - if you're into taking photos for Instagram, bring along some bright coloured, tropical swimwear that will look incredible with the turquoise sea backdrop. If you plan on doing a lot of snorkelling and ocean activities then a rash vest is a very good idea to protect your skin.

Light clothing for during the day &

smart, casual clothing for evening, dinners or events

Light, loose, comfortable and airy summer clothes are what you should be wearing in The Maldives. Dresses, flow trousers and long skirts are convenient while exploring the islands and they also look beautiful, elegant and will keep you cool.

For men, a couple of t-shirts, swim shorts, smart trousers and perhaps a light jumper for cooler, if you get cold during the windier evenings by the beach.

Bear in mind whilst packing, that The Maldives is a Muslim country and if you are planning to take a tour of Malé, the capital city, you should dress conservatively covering your knees and shoulders. If you pack a light scarf and light trousers that will suffice. This also applied for local islands.

Sports Wear

If you're swimming every day, there isn't much need to hit the gym but we would definitely recommend attending a sunrise and sunset yoga class. This is a whole other experience in The Maldive, with the ocean breeze, pastel colours on the sky and the sound of the waves washing up on the shoreline - make sure to attend a class whilst you’re there.

Flip flops & Sandals

Leave behind the shoes and heels - most people actually navigate around the islands completely barefoot! So enjoy the feeling of reconnecting with nature, feet immersed in the sand. Just pack a casual pair of sandals, flip flops and dive shoes if needed. Dive shoes are very comfortable to put on for water activities such as diving, snorkeling or swimming.

Waterproof Camera

If you’re a diver, swimmer, marine life lover or simply adore the ocean - it’s definitely worth bringing along a waterproof camera. The Maldives has the clearest sea in the world and you will be aston