What to pack

Luggage

You will only require a small amount of luggage on your holiday, as your laundry can be washed in most of the hotels. If you are travelling on light aircraft during your holiday you must use a soft bag rather than a hard suitcase, as your luggage will need to fit into small spaces around the plane.

During your holiday you will require light casual clothing and we recommend trousers and long-sleeved shirts (or equivalent for ladies), as it helps protect from sunburn during the day and mosquitoes in the evening. Smart casual evening clothes are required in the majority of lodges and camps. Parts of Sri Lanka are quite high and despite hot sunny days, it can get cold at so remember to pack a fleece or sweater..

What to pack

  • Comfortable walking boots or shoes (trainers are fine) - avoid white/pale colours
  • Flip flops/sandals or similar
  • At least 2 set of clothing for daytime wear including:
  • Shorts/skirts or trousers (trousers that zip off into shorts are ideal)
  • Long/short sleeved shirt, t-shirt or polo shirt in neutral colours (green, khaki, beige)
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Windbreaker/jacket
  • Sweaters/fleece for cold early morning and evenings
  • Light rain gear for the rainy season
  • 1-2 long-sleeved shirts for evenings (protect from mosquitoes)
  • 1-2 pairs of long trousers for evenings
  • 1-2 casual evening outfits for ladies
  • Underwear and socks
  • Pyjamas
  • Swimsuit/trunks

Other items to remember:

  • Visas, tickets, passports, money etc
  • Motion sickness pills
  • Sunglasses - good quality and providing good UV protection. Tinted fashion glasses are not good in strong light.
  • Wash kit - hotels will provide fresh towels and many provide shampoo, body lotion, soap and insect repellent
  • Wet shave razor
  • Sun cream
  • After-sun moisturising cream
  • Anti-histamine cream
  • A small personal medicine kit (please take advice from your doctor)
  • Penknife (not to be kept in your hand luggage!)
  • A good camera
  • Binoculars
  • Torch with spare batteries and spare bulb as these are often unobtainable
  • Insect repellent
  • Spare pair of prescription glasses, due to dust and dryness problems can be experienced by contact lens wearers
  • Converter plug set
  • Re-charging pack for camera batteries/mobile phones

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