As well as your sense of adventure and swimming costume, there are a few key things to pack for Vanuatu. The Pacific archipelago is a place where anything can happen, from visits to traditional villages and climbing volcanoes, to dozing on a beach all afternoon, so it helps to go prepared!
Take the stress out of packing and make sure you're ready for anything with our guide on what to pack for Vanuatu.
Dressing for success in Vanuatu means donning outfits that are suited to the weather.
The climate is often hot and humid all year in the islands, so choose clothing made from light fabrics, such as cotton or silk - leave the woollen jerseys at home! Activewear or fabrics that dry quickly are great for those occasions when you get damp from sweat, a surprise rain shower or the beach. Loose clothing is usually the most comfortable and you can embrace the island atmosphere and opt for bright colours over dark blacks and greys.
With these things in mind, make sure the following items are tucked away in your suitcase before you set off:
- A pair of long pants and a long-sleeved top - Even if it never gets cold in Vanuatu, as a matter of respect you may need to cover your shoulders and upper legs if you are going to visit traditional villages.
- Both sandals and sneakers - You will probably spend most of your time in Vanuatu in thongs or sandals as it's too hot most of the time for covered shoes! However, we recommend packing a pair of comfortable walking or hiking shoes for island excursions. It can also be a good idea to have aqua shoes you can wear when snorkelling around coral or rocks.
- A sarong or beach cover up - For women, a sarong is an invaluable item - it acts as a beach towel in a pinch or drapes modestly around your shoulders when walking through town.
- A rain jacket - Just in case you get caught in a tropical downpour.
- One warm jumper - For evenings, when temperatures can dip to below 20 degrees Celsius.
- Skirts - For women and girls. Many Ni-Vanuatu women wear skirts that are at least knee-length, out of modesty. Although you can wear shorts and short skirts around the resorts and in main towns, it is respectful to pay attention to local customs and wear longer skirts when you're out and about in more rural areas.
Packing plenty of underwear and changes of clothes is important, but the accessories you take to Vanuatu can be even more vital to ensuring your trip goes well!
Make space for these things:
- Your camera and all associated gear. Spare batteries and memory cards are gold and a waterproof camera is fabulous for underwater shots of coral reefs and sea turtles.
- Chargers and adaptors - You need your phone charged so you can make friends and family at home jealous! Electrical sockets in Vanuatu are the same as in Australia, however, the voltage is 220-240 volts, so you may need an adaptor for hair dryers, straighteners and other appliances.
- Sunscreen - No matter how you choose to spend your time in Vanuatu, you'll definitely catch some rays. Protect yourself and stock up on sunscreen before you go, as it can be more expensive once there. A hat is also important for sun protection.
- Insect repellent
Of course, you don't want to forget your passport and plane tickets! For help with organising these essential documents and more, reach out to us today - we'll make sure you have everything you need!