You might be thinking, what’s so hard about packing for a beach vacation? Aren’t they all essentially the same? Sure, it’s a no brainer to bring a swimsuit and sunscreen to the beach. This list won’t dwell on those necessities. Rather, this list will help you maximize two important things: COMFORT and ENJOYMENT. We all like those, right? Besides, who wants to carry around extra baggage for no good reason? We’re supposed to have a relaxed glow on vacation, not drip sweat from lugging your bags around. Leave a comment if there are other items you found useful in the Maldives.

Snorkeling gear

Most, if not all, resorts will have snorkeling gear for you to rent during your stay; however, if snorkeling is at the top of your beach vacation agenda it might be worthwhile to invest in your own gear. There’s no way to know beforehand how various resorts maintain its gear or how old it is. Besides, you don’t want to be thinking about getting to the area to rent snorkels when the ocean is right outside your door!

If you’re anything like me, all things purple give you life!

Beach Cover-ups

Perfect for those lazy days lounging around the hotel pool and bar, beach cover-ups were key clothing for moments out of the water. In fact, I don’t think I had much use for any other clothes while in the Maldives – except that awe-inspiring dinner under water. Additionally, I noticed more people were generally covered – probably due to the conservative nature of the nation. One of the hotels we stayed at also mentioned it in its guidelines for guests, so it is important to be mindful of even when you’re not on the main island of Male.

Easy to throw on and make chic look effortless.

Multiple swimsuits

Like I said, I’m certain I don’t have to remind you to bring swimsuits. They don’t take up tons of space so go out there and floss with a new suit each day if you’d like. The islands conjure up many an Instagrammable moment.

Cute pattern, comfy top – all good things.

Rash guard

When spending several hours kayaking and snorkeling under the sun’s intense rays, rash guards really help minimize the effects of sun exposure. I love the Speedos I bought because the material is comfortable and they fit nicely.

Channel your inner water sports athlete.


They’re legal to fly in the Maldives and there’s so much beauty to capture. My husband loves whipping this drone out to explore the surrounding area from a different perspective. It also adds another dimension to the home memories you capture.

We have so much fun watching the videos after and showing friends!

Waterproof phone case

In the Maldives, you’ll want to capture the wonders under water in addition to the ones above the surface. A good waterproof phone case with a wrist loop will make it easy and protect your phone as well. Make sure to test the case before using them according to package instructions. My husband’s phone did not survive our snorkeling trip.

Worth the investment to get great acquatic shots.

Sunscreen and Aloe

Pack sunscreen, don’t pack sunscreen – up to you. Either way, you’ll be able to find it at resorts. Aloe, on the other hand? I make sure it is always in my suitcase for a beach trip. Putting on aloe post shower and a long day out in the sun is probably the only beauty tip I have. It has been incredibly soothing to my skin and helps it heal if I have gotten a sunburn. Try to buy the 100% pure kind without alcohol, like this one from Amara Organics, if possible.

Hello, smooth sun-kissed skin.

Bug spray

It’s best to be prepared for the mosquitos so that those idyllic nights eating dinner under the stars aren’t interrupted by itching.


I foolishly assumed that there would be enough outlets or USB ports to plug in all of our devices. In the Maldives it’s worthwhile to underestimate the number of outlets available to you and bring an international adaptor. Trust me, it’s worth lugging.

It’s so tiny and lightweight – no reason to leave it home!

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