What to Bring to the Maldives: Packing List
When visiting luxury resorts or local islands I recommend this Maldives packing guide to help you decide what to pack for your Maldives holiday.
Essentials to Pack for the Maldives: Mosquito repellent
While most Maldives resort islands fumigate for mosquitoes even the most 5 star luxury resorts have an ongoing battle against the mosquito population so be sure to bring mosquito repellent that contains DEET. I recommend a 50% DEET mosquito spray like this one from Amazon. The Maldives does have incidents of dengue fever which is spread by mosquitoes so be vigilant with mosquito repellent on both resorts and local islands.
Essential Items for the Maldives: Suncream
It is very easy to get sunburnt in the Maldives even when using suncream. It is best to use factor 30 or SPF50 especially if spending extended time in the water or on a boat. Coral reefs in the Maldives are under a huge amount of pressure due to rising water temperatures so I try to use a reef-friendly suncream that is also gentle on the skin. I love this Cerave one which a dermatologist recommended to a friend.
Maldives: What to Pack- Sunglasses
Even on cloudy days, the sun, sky and white sand beaches are incredibly bright. I’ve recently stopped buying cheap sunglasses at markets because they don’t protect your eyes properly. I actually bought these ones from Amazon in the hope they would suit me and I love them!
Packing List: Bring snorkelling gear to the Maldives
I suggest bringing snorkelling gear if you have your own. I love my mask and I think it is the best scuba diving mask for small faces. I bought it from Simply Scuba in the UK and the brand is Oceanic mini ice. I definitely recommend it as it fits perfectly and I love the hammerhead on the back. You can always borrow from the hotel, resort or guesthouse but even in the top resorts the snorkelling equipment is not as decent as buying your own.
Maldives Packing List: Sun hat/ Sun cap
Particularly if you have thin hair like me, I strongly recommend a hat during the midday sun. I have had a painful burnt scalp before!
What plug do I need for the Maldives?
Electricity adapters – most resorts will have British 3 pin plugs but on local islands and guesthouses there can be a whole range so I recommend bringing a multi-use electricity plug – these ones from Amazon
Maldives Trip Packing List: Underwater camera
Because of the amazing marine life in the Maldives, I strongly recommend bringing a Gopro or similar underwater video camera to video marine life like turtles, sharks and manta rays. Always use a red filter if you’re scuba diving to bring out the vibrant coral colours.
Maldives Packing Guide: Dry Bag
A dry bag is one of my essentials when travelling Asia, especially places like the Maldives and South East Asia where rain can appear suddenly and I spend a lot of time on boats! I love 5l bags as they aren’t too big and can still fit a reusable water bottle and other diving essentials. Check out some dry bags here.
Inflatables for your Maldives packing list
My favourite is this whale shark that I ordered from Amazon but they have so many different types of inflatables. The Maldives is the perfect setting for photos and fun with these floats as the crystal clear water and lagoon environments mean the currents are not strong and the waves can be non-existent at times.
Maldives Packing List: Small Lightweight Speaker
I bought this one from Amazon last year and I really recommend this speaker as it is perfect for travel. It’s so light and the sound quality is still so good for something that cost around $30 dollars. I definitely would buy it again for such a cheap price. I have also had bluetooth issues with other speakers but not with this one so far!
Pack for the Maldives: Ear Plugs
Local islands can be noisy with generators and lots of islands have awesome but noisy fruit bats so I recommend bringing ear plugs to the Maldives to help get a good night’s sleep.
Maldives Packing List
As the Maldives has over 1000 islands, getting and feeling seasick can happen very easily. Instead of seasick pills I use these seasick travel bands which for me are the best item for dealing with travel sickness. I use them for mountain roads and have also used them on boats when feeling seasick. How do travel seasick bands work? Supposedly, the bead in the band pushes on a pressure point which can help with nausea. It might just be psychological but either way – it works for me! I bought mine from Boots but these are an Amazon example.
What currency to bring to the Maldives:
I recommend bringing US dollars as they are used widely in resorts and local islands. Be aware that on local islands you will likely receive change in Maldivian Rufiya (the notes are really beautiful!). In some shops in Male, only Maldivian Rufiya is accepted but in tourist areas US dollars are always accepted. For resorts you can bay by debit or credit card at the end of your Maldives trip. To pay for local guesthouses I recommend paying in cash as foreign cards don’t always work and there will usually be a 3% card fee.
And finally what not to bring to the Maldives
The Maldives is a Muslim country and has strict laws prohibiting certain items. Therefore, you cannot bring alcohol, pork products or pornography into the Maldives.
For more posts about the Maldives:
For the best diving in the Maldives check out this blog post all about Fuvahmulah island and the cheapest diving in the Maldives!
For more information about local islands, a great alternative to expensive resort islands, read here.
For the most beautiful beach in the Maldives, check out Gulhi island
For two local islands in the Maldives with lots of water sports, scuba diving, surfing and party boats where you can drink, visit and stay on Maafushi and Thulusdhoo islands. These are great to visit as they are near Male and the airport.
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