So, it’s almost time, isn’t it? Not long now and you’ll be on your way to the Maldives! A week or more of barefoot bliss and days filled with experiences you’ve been dreaming of for ages; you’ll go snorkelling and diving, do water sports, visit a local island, treat yourself to lobster once, have a different mocktail/cocktail every day and nudge your partner in the direction of the spa for a couple’s treatment!
Yup, you have it all figured out because you’ve visited the internet’s every Maldives-related nook and crannie, you even have a packing list compiled – the web is full of those – but you wish someone told you what you don’t need to pack for the Maldives because you have a feeling your suitcase will burst at the seams!
Here, Innahura’s suggestions on what you don’t need during your holiday on the island:
Hair dryer. It’s provided in your Beach Bungalow, plus the warm air does magic too!
Low-SPF sunblock. The Maldives lies just 5 degrees off the Equator, making the sun super-strong. Leave your low-protection suncream at home and opt for a high-SPF one instead (we recommend 30+).
High heels are a no-go on a sandy island if you don’t want to twist an ankle. A pair of flip-flops or sandals at the most is all you need.
Towels. They’re heavy, bulky – and provided by us. That includes bath towels that you can use on your excursions and for the pool.
Warm clothes. There is no need for trousers and long-sleeved shirts, let alone sweaters. You will want to put on something warm on the plane, but don’t pack any ‘just in case’ longwear. If you tend to get cold, bring a long and light cover up for the evenings but most probably you won’t use it. We’ll lend you an umbrella and rain jacket if needed.
All of your skincare and make-up products. We know, we know, you want to look your best but you’ll glow once here anyway, plus heavy foundations just don’t work in this hot climate. Let loose a bit and see how great it feels to focus on what really matters for a week. FYI: We provide shower gel and shampoo (by ocean-friendly Healing Earth) so no need to pack that either.
Anything irreplaceable. Experiences travellers and holidaymakers know jewellery or valuable keepsakes are best kept at home. Searching for your grandma’s ring on a soft sandy beach or in the lagoon is not an experience you want to associate with the Maldives!
Snorkel gear. If you already own a pair of fins, a mask and a snorkel, though taking up a lot of room, you will want to bring it; you can easily rent everything you need here(with expert advice from the dive center team to ensure the best fit).
There is much more useful information on our FAQ page (including things like which currency is used and which type the sockets are), and you’re always welcome to drop us a line through the contact form here, Facebook and Instagram.