You’ve been planning your Seychelles holiday for months. You can already taste the cocktails and feel the sand between your toes. But there’s one hurdle standing between you and your dream holiday – deciding what to pack.
Put down those jeans
A good starting point is to take that huge pile of clothes you’re trying to fit into that bag and cut it in half – at least. The first rule of packing for the Seychelles is to not pack very much. You’ll be seven degrees south of the equator and living in your swimwear.
Forget those jeans and any formalwear – go for very light, quick drying clothing. Shorts and sleeveless tops are must-haves for hiking or bicycling. A sarong or two will also come in handy when you need some makeshift shade on the beach or when you want to cover up without getting hot. If you think you might try some fine dining at one of the higher-end resorts or casinos, clean up with a maxi-dress or long cotton pants.
When it comes to footwear, also keep it simple – pack a pair or two of sandals or flip-flops for the beach and some comfortable walking shoes for hikes (you’ll want to be able to explore the beautiful scenery properly). If you can, it’s also advisable to take a pair of diving shoes – the coral can and will hurt your feet.
Hot, hot, hot
Be prepared for humidity and beating sunshine with a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen of factor 30 and above. While toiletries are available on the islands, they’re all imported and can come with a hefty price tag. Best to pack the essentials – and that includes bug repellant.
If possible, take your own snorkel, mask and flippers to save on rental costs. And because no tropical beach holiday is complete without plenty of photos and videos to make your family and friends green with envy, make sure you pack a waterproof camera such as a GoPro. You’ll also want to take a power bank to ensure your phone and camera stay charged during your island hopping.
A small backpack and a beach bag are also must-haves. If they’re waterproof that’s even better – you never know when an unexpected downpour might happen. A universal adapter is also advisable if you want to make sure you can use your devices and electronics during your holiday.
Now that you have some space left in your suitcase, it might be the right time to tell you the Seychelles has a duty-free allowance of 2 litres of spirits and 2 litres of wine per person. Do with that information what you will. But remember to make the most of the local rum, Takamaka – one of the few items on the islands that are import tax free.
Finally, make sure you tick off the absolute essentials:
- Your passport
- A copy of your accommodation booking confirmation for visa purposes
- Your driver’s license (if you want to rent a car)
- Your diving license (if you have one)