For many, packing your suitcase is the moment when the exciting reality of your impending trip finally dawns. However, depending on your destination and baggage allowance, it can be challenging to decide exactly what to take. Is it better to overpack, or to aim to decrease the burden of carrying excess items? Should you pack your red bikini or your one-piece?
To help you solve some of these conundrums, check out the following advice relating specifically to Samoa.
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Keeping healthy during your travels is the best way to ensure your experience surpasses all expectations. Travelling even short distances can be a strain on your body and immune system. Even if your flight isn't a long one, make sure you stay stay hydrated and drink more water than you would on the ground.
Pack some healthy snacks to take onboard if you're concerned about the levels of sodium in in-flight food, and bring a mini hydrating moisturiser and lip balm to ensure your skin and lips don't dry out.
It's highly likely that if you're a generally healthy individual you won't experience any issues in Samoa, especially if you're spending your time at a resort or hotel. But here are a few suggestions:
- Make sure you're up-to-date with any recommended immunisations, and pack any medication you're on, ensuring that it is clearly labeled
- Get a letter from your doctor outlining any medical conditions you have
- Pack a spare pair of prescription glasses and/or contact lenses
- Bring copies of all of your prescriptions as well as any health insurance documents
Malaria is not a concern in Samoa, however dengue fever, which is transmitted via mosquito bite, is something to be aware of and to take precautions against. It's better to pack the following, rather than having to take time out of your holiday to source items in Samoa:
- Insect repellent containing DEET (apply after sunscreen)
- Permethrin-treated clothing that covers your arms and legs
General medical items that may come in handy:
- Altitude and motion sickness medication
- Diarrhea medication
- Mild laxatives
- Cough drops
No matter where you travel, a change in diet and water can upset your stomach. You can reduce your risk of contracting anything by ensuring that you drink purified water and avoid ice. If you're not a fan of buying plastic bottles, you could pack a water purifier, or a drink bottle with an inbuilt filter.
Samoa has a warm, tropical climate year round, so in terms of clothing, you should keep things light and versatile. Samoan people are fairly conservative, so be mindful to dress appropriately when you're outside the resorts and take some light cover-ups and sarongs. Dresses should be multipurpose - appropriate for a romantic beachside dinner, or paired with sneakers and a sun hat for a day spent exploring.
Two swimsuits are beneficial, and if you go swimming in a public area outside of the resort, bring a t-shirt and board shorts, as Samoan women generally cover up when they swim. For guys, board shorts can double as shorts, so packing a few extra is an option. Footwear-wise, a pair of flip flops or sandals is paramount. Sneakers are necessary if you plan on doing anything active like hiking or horse riding. Reef shoes might also be a good idea if you plan on snorkeling. A light raincoat will also come in handy, as you might experience the odd tropical downpour!
Make sure to pack that one precious toy, blanket or book that your child is obsessed with, and bring their favourite cup, cutlery, bowl or plate, to save any hassle arising during meal times. Bring baby wipes and hand sanitiser, in case they need to use a bathroom where washing facilities are lacking. And of course, make sure to prepare a little first aid kit packed with plasters, safety pins, wound cleanser, after sun lotion and the like.
If you're travelling with your partner, decide on the items you can share to avoid overpacking. Make sure you sort out your phone plans incase you get separated, and, if you're planning on popping the big question ... don't forget the ring!
- Posted in Samoa