Blessed with unspoiled beaches and diverse flora and fauna, the beauty of Seychelles is unmatched and can’t be articulated in words. Not only the sun-kissed beaches, Seychelles also offers a plethora of activities such as biking, hiking, island hopping. 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. In this post we give you the ultimate 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.
Here is our take on “Packing for Seychelles” based on our experience.
You don’t need many dresses, so pack items you can mix and match.
Most of your days will be spent in swimwear splashing in the water, diving, snorkeling or swimming. So, pack in your best swimwear to flaunt in this beautiful piece of paradise.
Kaftan is the essential beach holiday must-pack.
Capri, Shorts & Tops
Your GO-TO outfit for most of the days, be it biking around the island or trekking in the mountains. Pack tank tops or t-shirts to go with shorts or capris.
Pack them for rambling around the markets or for visiting museums.
Maxi / Midi Dress
Throw in some maxi, midi dresses for evenings and beach hopping.
Trouser for Men
Well most of the days you will be in your shorts or swimwear but make sure to pack cotton trousers if you are planning to visit a Casino or for the fine dining in the resort.
Pull out your tropical best or floral print shirts from your wardrobe.
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 a few trails. So it would be wise to pack a pair of trekking shoes.
This one goes without saying, ensure that you pack a good pair of either beach shoes or flip-flops. Depending on the season, sea urchin can be found in the shallow waters of some of the beaches. So, make sure you wear beach shoes while snorkeling or swimming.
Pack your camera to capture all the memories for you to be able reminiscence later.
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 beautiful 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 😉
If you have one, then don’t miss packing it for this beautiful paradise. The aerial views of the islands are stupendously stunning.
Hotel Booking Documents
Make sure you carry the print out of the hotel booking documents for visa purposes.
Renting a car and driving around is the best way to explore this piece of tropical paradise. If you have a driving license then do not forget to carry it with you.
You can even rent a yacht and hop around the islands. If you have one then do carry your sailing license.
Must have, in a case of medical emergency or flight cancellation due to bad weather.
The weather can change from warm and sunny to dark and rainy. Ensure you pack one.
Wide brim hats are a must-pack item.
Sun Tan Lotion
It is advisable to pack suntan lotion as the sun can be a little too harsh in this part of the world.
Tote / Beach Bag
Make sure it fits in all your stuff – towels, bikini, sarong and food.
A waterproof bag is a necessity as you would be spending time either on the beaches or on island excursions. A waterproof bag is a must when you are out exploring Seychelles to keep your camera safe in case of unexpected rainfall.
You don’t need a reason for this, do you? Pack a compatible one.
Most of the hotels and resorts in Seychelles do not lend snorkeling gear so it would be wise to pack your own snorkeling gear, if you have one. Moreover, there are many snorkeling points mostly in Praslin and La Digue where you need to travel by car or by bicycle hence you would need your own snorkeling gear as there aren’t any shops around these places from where you can rent this gear.
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.
Do carry some basic medicine for fever, diarrhea, 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.
Make sure you pack a good insect repellent to ward off the bugs.
Don’t forget to take a journal or notebook to scribble down your emotions, ideas, and inspirations.
Pack well and enjoy the beauty of Seychelles
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