Swimmers? Check. Thongs? Check. Laidback attitude and an appreciation of the warm Fijian hospitality? Check, check. If you’re travelling to Fiji, firstly, congratulations; it’s a beautiful and friendly country to visit. Secondly, make sure you have the essentials. Here’s the ultimate packing guide for your Fijian holiday.
Sightseeing in Fiji is often about the day trip, whether it’s a trip to the beach, snorkelling, or a visit to a village, so ensure you take a daypack to carry your necessary items. As with any travelling, ensure your daypack is secure and sturdy, and you may even want to include a little extra security in the form of anti-theft protection. For a great range of daypacks, including secure options, check out reputable online stores such as Bags To Go.
The climate in Fiji is hot and humid, while the attitude is fairly laidback, so light clothing, such as shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sarongs and thongs, is generally the go. A pair of jeans, pants or a skirt for night time could also be a wise addition.
It’s Fiji, a haven for relaxing by the beach, in the water or at your resort, so don’t forget your swimmers!
The coral is sharp and the cuts nasty, so, if you’re considering walking on rocks, reefs or by the beach, take along suitably protective shoes.
It’s hot and the sun has a sting, so pack sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and UV protection swimwear such as rash vests to ensure a day’s pleasure doesn’t result in a week of sunburn pain.
As Fiji is tropical, it’s a mosquito haven, so insect repellent is a must during the day, late afternoon and at night. Mosquitoes in Fiji can carry Dengue Fever, so it’s worth applying insect repellent just in case. On the subject of illnesses, make sure your relevant immunisations are up to date by visiting your GP long before your trip.
If you’re looking to visit some of the more remote islands, take enough cash to cover your stay. ATMs and credit card facilities may not be widely available.
First Aid Kit
It’s a good idea to take a small first aid kit with you regardless of where you travel, including antiseptic cream, bandaids, and painkillers. That way blisters, stings or small cuts can be remedied quickly and with ease. On that note, disinfectant wipes are also a great idea.
It might be obvious, but stranger things have been forgotten; your camera is a must-have for this picturesque destination. Spare batteries and charger should also be included. It’s worth remembering lithium ion batteries may need to be carried in your carry-on luggage instead of checked in when you’re flying. Check with your airline for further information.
Above all, when travelling to Fiji, don’t forget your smile. Fiji is a fabulously welcoming place where time seems to melt away amid the generosity of the Fijians and their beautiful country. If you can think of anything else that is a necessity when travelling to this tropical paradise, be sure to post it in the comments below.