By the way, I’m also assuming that you can handle the tickets, passport and wallet…
MY PACKING LIST
1) GOOD quality high SPF sun cream!
While it’s relatively easy to find over here, the selection and most of all the price is the biggest issue. And in Mauritius, no matter what the season, the sun is very unforgiving. Even if it’s cloudy I always apply my favourite sun scream in the morning as part of my routine and when we are out and about I make sure I keep adding to it regularly. I absolutely love the La Roche Posay Comfort Cream (SPF 50). It’s quickly absorbed and I find does a really good job of keeping you protected compared to a lot of other sun creams I’ve tried.
2) GOOD quality moisturiser!
Can you see a theme developing here…! Skin care is a big thing for me here as the weather can play havoc, so I always make sure I have my favourite near by to keep my face feeling fresh and healthy and apply at the start and end of the day. My favourite – and a constant on my christmas list! – is the Grown Alchemist Day Cream. Although they are at the higher price range, they really do work in my experience and also make you feel fantastic (and that’s what you want on holiday, right?!). Others that I love are the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream and the gorgeous Neal’s Yard Nourishing Cream. If you’re after a men’s choice, the Kiehl’s Facial Fuel is an excellent choice.
3) Beach bag
It might seem obvious, but for most people Mauritius means sun, sea and sand. You’ll be out and about and won’t want to ruin any nice handbags (or manbags!), so get yourself a great beach bag. It always amazes me to see so many holidayers, who have invested so much time and money in their journey to Mauritius, lugging a supermarket carrier bag or over-cramming a luxury handbag. A good beach bag will be the staple for you on your trip, the last thing you want to worry about when you are sunning yourselves or swimming with dolphins is if your valuables are falling all over the place!
4) Your favourite book
Even though I love the beach, I get bored easily and can’t go long without my favourite book of the moment. Check out my reading list for my current suggestions, although if I had to pick one it would have to be The Shadow Of The Wind . Get totally lost in the the mysterious tale set in the magical back streets beautiful Barcelona (probably my favourite city in the world!). A sure way to forget everyday life!
If you’re going holiday shopping, make sure you treat yourself to a few pieces of swimwear, as you’ll be spending a lot of time in and out of the water. Coming from the UK, swimwear was always something that I chucked in my suitcase at the last minute, instead concentrating on my evening wear or more dressier items. But it was clear within my first week of being here, that if you’re on holiday in Mauritius, you really spend the majority of your time in swimwear (well I do anyway!).
The sun here is always strong and can creep up on you at anytime, and a good hat is a MUST! I also love the way they can change your look when you are out and about, so I’m never without one!
7) Anti bacterial handwash
If you like to get out and about in the public beaches and the road side food shacks like I do, best grab yourself some of this. I try and use natural products where I can and I know some people don’t like alcohol in these gels, but for me the Soap & Glory Antibacterial Hand Cleansing Gel (50ml) gets the mix about right between cleaning and leaving your hands moisturised.
Apart from blogs and online guides, I always like to have a physical travel guidebook whenever I go away, to give me some comfort and to get to know the basics. There’s a range of ones for Mauritius although non offering real local insights, in the way you have with a Monocle city guide for example, but I’d still recommend having one in your bag. The Globetrotter Guide to Mauritius or the Berlitz Mauritius Pocket Guide tick the boxes, and if you’re looking for something a bit different to help you find those hidden treasures mine should be out in 2017!
9) Waterproof case for your phone
If you’re as clumsy as me this is a no brainer, and whenever I’m going on a boat trip I always use one. I like to have my phone to hand in any case and always to use the camera, so it’s good to know it’s protected. There are lots of simple waterproof pouch type cases although I’d recommend spending a little bit more than the budget options, to avoid one that leak or break easily. I can thank the Waterproof Case from YOSH for saving mine on numerous occasions!
10) Flip flops
Last but certainly not least, probably my most important item of clothing living here and something I wear every single day. Apart from most fancier restaurants and hotels, flip flops are pretty much fine wherever you go, and if you’re a fan of wearing them like me you’ll want to bring at least three pairs to mix up the looks.
Shop some of my packing list!
And few things that people always ask me about, but in my view they are easy and cost effective to get once you’re here – so I’d leave space for more of the above!
1) Mosquito repellent: there is plenty here in all of the supermarkets and pharmacies, and all of the hotels will also have it to hand
2) Snorkels and masks: of course if you are more serious about your watersports then you might want to bring your own, but in the large part most people can either hire them from their hotels or grab one from the supermarket for a very cheap price
3) Adapter plugs: there is a mix of European and UK style plugs on the island, but again it’s simple and straightforward to get yourself an adapter, so don’t panic if you don’t have one
4) Maps: Most hotels will be able to give you one, and it’s easy to pick up from the local supermarkets
5) Towels: One I am always asked about! But trust me, you’ll be fine!