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Planning your visit to Mauritius? Are you coming over for a honeymoon or just a vacay? Then you should pack it right and here is the ultimate packing list for Mauritius.
Mauritius is a tropical island in the Indian Ocean and because the island is so beautiful with so many things to be done, anyone should definitely pack it right when visiting the island in order to make the most of your stay.
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Before visiting the island, you should first be familiar with the climate of Mauritius.
Mauritius is an island that enjoys a mild tropical maritime climate throughout the year.
The island country has two seasons: a warm humid summer extending from November to April. In the summer, the mean temperatures are 24.7 degrees and could reach 29.2 degrees in the warmest months of January and February.
From January to March, Mauritius is occasionally hit by cyclones, which can cause power failures and flooding.
These months are really not suitable for traveling if you have to experience all the beauty of Mauritius.
As well, Mauritius enjoys a relatively cool dry winter from June to September where the mean temperature is 20.4 degrees Celsius and the coolest temperatures can drop down to 16.4 degrees Celsius in the months of July and August.
The months of October and May are commonly known as the transition months.
The wettest months in Mauritius are February and March while the driest month is October.
In the summer months, the island receives long hours of between 5.0 hours to 8.0 hours of bright sunshine daily, depending on the landscape at a place.
If you want to save money when traveling to Mauritius, travel in the low seasons. Normally, the peak season in Mauritius is from May to October while the low seasons are from September to November and March to May. At this time, it is a little hotter and more humid since the season has a few rainy days and lots of sunshine.
During this low seasons, the prices drop. From the prices of flights, hotels, and excursions.
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Be sure to book your flights and accomodation separately because you’ll land amazing hotels at a bargain price!
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Now that you know the kind of climate Mauritius has, let’s know what to pack for an amazing vacation in Mauritius.
10 Items You Must Include In Your Packing List For Mauritius
1. Your Documents & Cash
This is just essential for everyone traveling to any part of the world. And Mauritius is no exception.
Necessary documents include:
- Your Passport.
If you are visiting Mauritius, please check their Visa requirements for your country. You might be required to have a visa or not depending on the country you’re from.
Please check the Visa requirements here on the Mauritius Government Immigrants Portal.
- Cash in hand.
I normally advise anyone to have money in hand unless you want to be stranded.
And if you’re travelling solo in Mauritius, you always want to have more emergency funds with you.
To make things easy for you, I prefer going on guided tours while on the island. This will help to minimize on costs.
- Your Other Identity Documents.
Other identity documents to bring along include your National ID.
Make sure you have a passport wallet and a purse just to keep all your documents in order.
And also, make copies of your passport so that you can walk with them. I know of stories where people were deported(from many countries around the world) for misplacing their passports and not having copies. You don’t want to cut short your vacation that way!
Good thing is that once you have your passport, you can get a SIM card for communication while in Mauritius.
This is particularly important if you’re going to stay for long in Mauritius. Otherwise, there are good WiFi spots in Mauritius to ensure you do all you have to.
2. Your Complete Beach Wear
Mauritius is more of a beach destination so you’ll definitely want to pack several sets of beach wear.
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Some of the best beachwear you can bring include:
- A swimming suit when out swimming.
- A bikini set
- A rash vest if you’re planning to indulge in water activities like water skiing and stand up paddleboarding.
- Light and long kimono for a decent look round the beach markets and resorts.
- A maxi dress for a luxurious look around the resorts (depending on the hotel, a casual beach look is not accepted); You obviously don’t want to appear in a bikini or denim shorts around the restaurants, resorts and bar areas. For example: during dinners.
- A cotton t-shirt that absorbs sweat and lets your skin to breath.
- A pair of sunglasses to keep your eyes safe from sun rays.
- A pair of denim shorts for a more decent look around the beach.
- A bohemian skirt for the mild windy winter months.
- A large straw hat or floppy hat to shelter your face from the sun.
- A straw or tote bag to throw in your souvenirs.
- A pair of beach sandals for a beach stroll.
- Rubber shoes to ensure some sea urchins don’t bite you.
- Hiking shoes.
To make the most of the Mauritius’ nature, be sure to bring along hiking shoes so that you can hike Le Morne comfortably or visit Eau Bleue waterfalls as your walk through the terrain.
These will be good when off to zip lining or mini safaris.
- A Rain coat.
In winter between November and April, it gets rainy and humid in Mauritius so you should consider bringing along a light raincoat in your handbag.
- Active wear.
This is important if you plan on golfing in the island or practicing yoga in a wellness spot in the resorts.
Sunscreen is vital for anyone visiting a beach destination! When choosing sunscreen, please choose mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen since it is eco-friendly.
Mauritius is a tropical destination that can get so hot so you’d better wear sunscreen if you don’t want to get sunburns.
Remember to also sit under shades frequently too and stay hydrated as much as you can.
4. Mosquito Repellant
Some points in Mauritius fog grounds for mosquitoes to breed. Talk about Eau Bleue waterfalls where you can get some mosquito bites around the bushes.
So please, bring a mosquito repellant.
5. Beach shelter
Organized tours and stays around Mauritius mostly organize for beach shelters for you but in case they don’t, always have your beach shelter at hand.
Good enough, beach shelters are easy to put up, pull down and pack.
6. An Umbrella
Apart from your beach shelter, be sure to bring a foldable umbrella which you can easily throw in your sling bag.
Mauritius can be prone to light showers so you’d better be ready with your umbrella.
7. Snorkeling Equipment
Among the best things to do in Mauritius include snorkeling.
If you want to see the beautiful underwater marine life like swimming with dolphins and sea turtles, then you need proper gear for the same.
Yes, you can rent it but it’s best to save money by bringing along your own snorkeling gear.
8. A Water Bottle
In such warm to hot weather, you need to stay hydrated. That’s why a water bottle is a must have.
9. Toiletries and Medical Supplies
While pharmacies are located all over the island, please remember to carry your own medication. This is particularly important if you’re on the doctor’s prescription.
10. Photography Equipment
Mauritius is simply picturesque and you cannot afford to back without a couple of photo and video shots of the place.
Talk about underwater shots, aeriel views and random shots up and about.
That is why you need to bring your own camera, unless you want to buy a disposable camera on the island.
Remember to also bring plenty of SD cards, batteries, a charger, power bank and even an adaptor when you’ll have to use the power sockets at your staying place.
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Well, are you planning a visit to Mauritius? Please be sure to include in your packing list the above items. And if you’ve been to Mauritius, what did you include in your packing list for the Island?
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