Seychelles Packing List

I stand there gasping for breath after the mountain trail, gazing at the vast expanse of ocean with dreamy shades of blues.

Waves were busy caressing my feet, I can feel the wind in my hair,  hear the sound of waves crashing on the boulders, and not a single soul around.

A piece of  paradise that is forever etched  in my mind.

Seychelles Packing List

Blessed with unspoiled beaches and diverse flora and fauna. The beauty of Seychelles is unmatched and can’t be articulated in words.

Not only beaches, Seychelles offers a plethora of activities such as biking, hiking, hopping from one island to another. Depending on the type of trip you’re planning, you’re likely to spend most of your time out in the sun or in the water.

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Here is our take on “Packing for Seychelles” based on our experience.

DRESS

You don’t need much, so pack items you can mix and match.

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Swim Wear: Most of your days will be spent in swimwear splashing water, diving, snorkeling or swimming. So, pack in your best to flaunt in this beautiful paradise.

Kaftan, Sarong: Kaftan is the essential beach holiday must-pack.

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Capri, Shorts  &  Tops: Your GO-TO outfit on most of the days, be it biking around the island or trekking mountain trails. Pack tank tops or t-shirts to go with shorts or capris.

Skirts: Pack them for rambling around the markets or visiting museums.

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Maxi/ Midi Dress: Throw in some maxi, midi dresses for evenings and beach hopping.

Full Trouser for Men: Well most of the day you will be in your shorts or swimwear but make sure to pack cotton trouser if you are planning to visit Casino or for the fine dining in the resort.

Shirts: Pull out your tropical best or floral prints shirts from your wardrobe.

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SHOES

Trekking Shoes: Some of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles like Petit Anse and Anse Coco are tucked behind small hills and to be able to enjoy such beautiful views you have to cross mountain trails. So it would be wise to pack a pair of trekking shoes.

Flippers – This one goes without saying, ensure that you pack a good pair of either beach shoes or flip flops. Depending on the seasons, sea urchin can be found in the shallow water of some of the beaches. So, make sure you wear beach shoes while snorkelling or swimming.

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ELECTRONICS

Camera: Pack your camera to capture all the memories to reminiscence later.

Power Bank: Carry a power bank to charge your cell phone as most of the time you will be out exploring the islands.

Water Proof Camera: A good waterproof camera ensures that you capture the exquisite views that the marine world has to offer. We used a GoPro for the same, but in case if you do not want to buy another camera then you can buy a waterproof cover for your cell phone or camera.

iPod/ Music Player: Life without music is lifeless 😉

Drone ( optional): If you have one, then don’t miss packing it to this beautiful paradise. The Aerial shots are stupendously stunning.

DOCUMENTS

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Passport: No Brainer

Hotel Booking Documents: Make sure you carry the print out for visa purpose.

Driving license (if you have one): Renting a car and driving around is the best way to explore this tropical paradise.

Sailing License: You can even rent a yacht and hop around the islands. If you have one then do carry your sailing license.

Travel Insurance: Must have, in a case of medical emergency or flight cancellation due to bad weather.

OTHER ESSENTIALS

Umbrella:  The weather can change from warm and sunny to dark and rainy. Ensure you pack one.

Hat: Wide brim hats are must pack item.

Sun Tan Lotion: It is advisable to pack suntan lotion as the sun can be a little too harsh in this tropical paradise.

Tote / Beach Bag: Make sure it fits in all your stuff – towels, bikini, sarong and food.

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WaterProof Bags: A waterproof bag is a necessity as you would be spending time either on the beaches or in island excursions. A waterproof bag is a must when you are out exploring Seychelles to keep your camera safe in case of unexpected rainfall.

Beach Towel: You don’t need a reason for this, do you? Pack a compatible one.

Snorkelling Gear: Most of the hotels and resorts in Seychelles do not lend snorkelling gear so it would be wise to pack your own snorkelling gear. Moreover, there are many snorkeling points mostly in Praslin and La Digue where you need to travel by car or bicycle hence you would need your own snorkeling gear as there aren’t any shops around these places to lend you this gear for a rent.

Flash Light: Some of the roads in smaller islands like La Digue don’t have street lights, so in case you are heading back little late or venturing out in search of restaurants for dinner then it would be a good idea to carry a flashlight.

Basic Cooking Needs : Pack some basic cooking needs like sugar, salt, spices, milk powder if you are planning to stay in a B&B. Some of the B&B’s do not provide the basic stuff as well. You can also pack some instant noodles for surviving in case you don’t find vegetarian food.

Medicine: Do carry some basic medicine for fever, diarrhoea, sea sickness and headache. We did see a hospital near the Inter-Island ferry terminal in Mahe but finding a pharmacy in other islands might be a hassle. So it would be advisable to carry some basic medication.

Mosquito repellent: Make sure you pack a good insect repellent to ward off the bugs.

Journal: Don’t forget to take a journal or notebook to scribble down your emotions, ideas and inspirations.

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Pack well and enjoy the beauty of Seychelles

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Do you have any other must packs for Seychelles, if so why don’t you let us know by commenting below.

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21 Comments

  • Reply
    Ami
    March 15, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Nice and a useful list. Loved ur pics 😀

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    Indrani
    March 15, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Loved the splash of pics. 🙂 Very colorful and lively!

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    rupam { xhobdo }
    March 15, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Nice post and pics 🙂

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    My Unfinished Life (@MyUnfinishedlyf)
    March 15, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Interesting…here’s what my poor husband packed on his (work) trip to seychelles – 3 pairs of formal suits, ties, ironed formal shirts, his special issue id (which he had to wear all the time!!) , 2 pairs of formal shoes and night suit!!!

    he came back with lots of pics some of which resemble the ones you have here..only difference he was sporting suits in all of those!!!

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      March 16, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      I hear you 🙂 😉

      You should have joined him on his work trip, the packing then would have been a lot different, eh? 😛

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    Shrinidhi Hande
    March 16, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I thought I wrote a comment yesterday- like why pack umbrella

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    Rajesh
    March 17, 2016 at 2:25 am

    Beautiful shots of the place.

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    Mridula
    March 17, 2016 at 5:43 am

    Next time I am going to notice what I pack. I am sure I am not half as organized as you are!

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      March 19, 2016 at 7:50 am

      We have seen you travel, so we know you are pretty much organized, eh!!! This list is an outcome of our misadventures. 😀

      Cheers

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    voyage aux seychelles quand partir
    April 1, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    beautiful pictures !

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    Suhani Sharma
    May 10, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Do you have any idea about the taxi rates at the airport if somebody wants to go to a BnB in Beau Vallon. My BnB staff quoted 35 to 40 Euros for airport pick up to Mare Anglaise area, where the BnB is.. It would be really helpful. Also, how much is the taxi (with driver) charge for a full day beach hopping in Mahe?

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      The Tales of a Traveler
      May 10, 2016 at 11:56 am

      Hi Suhani,

      Taxis as such are a costly affair in Seychelles. If you are looking for a drop from the airport to the Beau Vallon, it could easily cost you between SCR 500 to SCR 600. We did not book a day taxi so would not be able to comment on that but it is extremely expensive, however we did book a self driven car which cost us 60 Euros including the comprehensive insurance. This is probably the cheapest way to travel in Seychelles and the best part is that it is Right Hand Drive, just like India. You can easily book a self driven car from the airport itself.

      On the first day when we traveled from the Airport to Baie Lazare, we paid SCR 800, so all we can say from our experience is Taxis are extremely expensive in Seychelles.

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    Suhani Sharma
    May 10, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks a lot for your information Sam. It helps me great a deal. Unfortunately, I am not a confident driver so I would need a driver to take me everywhere throughout the day. As far as airport pick up is concerned, I guess I will let my BnB host book it for me (as you quotes pretty much the same price.)
    Thanks again. 🙂

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