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Packing for Mauritius

Mauritius What to Pack

When traveling to Mauritius, you won’t need much, a small bag will do. However, you want to make sure you pack the right things and have enough room, a large duffel with wheels is a winner every time when taking a beach or island vacation.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear

You’ll need beach clothing, but keep in mind many hotels have dress codes, so you’ll have to bring some semi-formal/formal clothing too.

  • Many hotels specify no jeans – men should wear smart trousers and women can wear slacks or dresses.
  • Shorts (casual and dress) and short-sleeve shirts
  • Bring at least two bathing suits and a covering – some hotels do require more than a sarong
  • Flip-flops
  • Proper dress shoes for hotels and restaurants
  • Light waterproof jacket
  • A formal outfit

Check with your hotel, some maid services do wash and return your clothes in a timely fashion. Additionally, Mauritius has a well-advanced textile industry so instead of taking all your holiday clothes with you might consider buying them on the local market. The shops are full of ready-to-wear polo shirts, t-shirts, shorts, shirts, trousers, pullovers, dresses and beachwear at low prices.

Toiletries and Medical Supplies

It is best to bring you own medicines if you have prescriptions. But if you do need something that is less important, pharmacies are all over the island.

Photo Equipment

It’s a must to be able to take underwater pictures, so bring your own or buy a disposable camera on the island. Bring plenty of film or SD cards, there are so many things to photograph and you’ll be happy for the extra storage. Also pack batteries and/or a charger. The power supply is 230 volts and the power sockets use the British 3-pin standard, so you also might need an adaptor.

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Beach/Outdoor Gear

While you explore the great scenery on Mauritius, you’ll want to have a few items on hand.

  • Umbrella – Mauritius is prone to sudden showers
  • Mosquito repellent – some hotels fog the grounds each night and this seems to help prevent bites
  • Rubber shoes – you don’t want to step on the sea urchins in the water
  • Snorkeling gear – this way you can ensure the quality and save money on rental charges

Don’t forget to pack lots of sunscreen and aftersun. If you put the aftersun in the fridge, it will cool your skin after sunbathing. You also might want to pack a few books for the beach.

Editor’s Note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about what to pack for Mauritius. Article Credits Smart Travel 

18 Travel Tips from our friends at AirMauritius:

1) Have holiday lists you can keep (e.g. Summer, Winter, City break, Ski…), so you can revert to them each time.

2) Look at any medicines you need and make sure you have enough for the trip

3) Look at any holiday health items you need to buy (e.g. suncream) and what you can buy air-side or on the island to save space

4) Save your hand luggage for personal essentials

5) Invest in a lightweight suitcase, it’ll be worth it in the long run

6) Brighten up your suitcase with colourful ribbons or bands, so you can identify it quickly and keep track of it

7) Roll clothes and use vacuum compression bags (or packing cubes) to save valuable space

8) Make use of empty spaces such as shoes or trainers

9) Pack light-coloured clothes inside and out and use disposable shower caps over your shoes to avoid stains

10) To prevent liquid leaks use clingfilm and tape

11) Think about ziplock bags for items with wire such as phone chargers, camera chargers, adaptors and headphones – they can also help keep things together at security

12) If you have a guidebook, photocopy pages or take images on your phone, or take your ebook-reader

13) Luggage scales will almost certainly save you money in the long-term

14) For makeup, use a layer of cotton wool to stop powder and eye shadow cracking

15) To keep all your clothes fresh, put a scented fabric softener or bag of pot pourri in your luggage

16) Have a go-to bag of random but useful items such as a sewing kit, string, safety pins, pens, tissues, ear plugs, mini LED torch, tweezers universal bath plug etc.

17) Save space for holiday purchases – there’s lots of great stuff to buy in Mauritius

18) Hang any creased items in a steamy bathroom to get clothes back into shape

 

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