1) Travel Light
The Maldives has a tropical climate almost all year round so you only need to bring lightweight, cotton clothing along with your favorite swimsuits. Staple wear at the resorts would be lightweight t-shirts and shorts for men, summer clothes/dresses for women.
Well let’s just say any and a lot swimwear or beachwear! Who stays wrapped in an island right?
A kaftan or sundress should/could be worn when dining in the restaurants or bars.
Casual attire such as light dresses, cropped trousers, skirts or even shirts will be required when going for dinner. Just anything except Swimwear!
Pashminas or scarves should be worn by women if you are going for excursions on local islands.
Flip flops, sandals or flats!! Ladies you don’t want to be spending the summer in high heels!
Most, if not all, resorts encourage their guests to walk barefoot in the island.
Reef or aqua shoes are recommended by some however almost all resorts have snorkeling gear available (for rent or complimentary, check with your Destination Specialist).
If your stay is at a 5* or premium 4* resort then bath towels and toiletries are all available for use and changed regularly! Yes, I know you read that twice but its true!
2) Pack Smart
International flights usually have a 30KG checked baggage allowance per person.
Do note that seaplane transfers in the Maldives have a strict 20KG checked baggage allowance per person though so make sure that you keep your belongings to a minimum or else it is $4USD for each extra KG.
Traveler Tip: Roll your clothes rather than folding them. A lot of space is wasted from little gaps in suitcases. Not that anyone at the resort will really mind.
3) Other must haves
- Wide brimmed hats
- Insect repellant
- Sun block
- Medicine (maintenance ones are important to bring; over the counter meds are available at the resorts so no need for those)
- Small denomination of USD for tipping
- Chargers for gadgets
- Underwater or waterproof cameras
- A good book
And finally, here are things that you are not allowed to bring into the country:
- Alcohol – the Maldives is a Muslim country but the resorts and hotels serve them exceptionally
- Food products with pork in them
- Pornographic materials
- Weapons, firearms and ammunition
- Spear guns
- Idols for worship