The Seychelles Packing List

Below are some general packing tips and information. Please read the luggage requirements and travel insurance information carefully.

Soft-sided luggage or duffels are preferable to hard luggage for storage on safari vehicles. Large suitcases of dimensions greater than 27″ cannot be stored in vehicles and should not be used. You will NOT be able to bring suitcases larger than the dimensions above and will sacrifice losing and/or storing over-sized luggage at the Johannesburg airport for the entire trip. Please pack light to avoid this issue and thank you for understanding! ** Camera gear bags which can pass as carry-on during flight are OK to bring in addition to other carry on size luggage.

Weather in Seychelles

The weather is one of the many things that makes the Seychelles such a special destination, all year round. With an average temperature of 84°F in June and a range that rarely drops below 75°F or rises above 90°F it is rarely too hot and almost always perfect beach weather.

Of course, like anywhere in the tropics it does rain, but showers tend to be brief, lasting just a couple of hours, and are often localized to one island or even just one area of an island. *While temperatures are great, it can be very humid at times but we will be there during the “driest” time of year..

Packing suggestions

  • Shorts/quick dry fabric is great
  • T-shirts/short sleeve shirts/quick-dry shirts
  • Light weight long sleeve shirts (for cold mornings)
  • Fleece jacket and/or warm jacket
  • Light weight long pair of pants/ quick dry fabric is great
  • LAYERS OF CLOTHING—It will go from VERY COLDà VERY WARM every morning, day, and night!
  • Ear plugs (especially if sharing a room)
  • Rain protection gear (poncho is fine but rain jacket better)
  • Wide brimmed hat/baseball cap
  • Warm hat (for cool mornings/evenings on game drives). Winter hat highly recommended. Bring something to cover the ears!
  • Sandals/flip flops for lodges, pool, & the Seychelles
  • Comfortable running/tennis shoes/Hiking Shoes
  • Closed toe hiking sandals or sturdy water shoes (Seychelles)
  • Bathing suit(s)
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses, and a spare pair

Seychelles beach group tours

Toiletries, Camera Gear & other essentials

  • Shorts/quick dry fabric is great
  • T-shirts/short sleeve shirts/quick-dry shirts
  • Light weight long sleeve shirts (for cold mornings)
  • Fleece jacket and/or warm jacket
  • Light weight long pair of pants/ quick dry fabric is great
  • LAYERS OF CLOTHING—It could go from VERY COLD to VERY WARM every morning, day, and night!
  • Ear plugs (especially if sharing a room)
  • Rain protection gear (poncho is fine but rain jacket better)
  • Wide brimmed hat/baseball cap
  • Warm hat (for cool mornings/evenings on game drives). Winter hat highly recommended. Bring something to cover the ears!
  • Sandals/flip flops for lodges, pool, & the Seychelles
  • Comfortable running/tennis shoes/Hiking Shoes
  • Closed toe hiking sandals or sturdy water shoes (Seychelles)
  • Bathing suit(s)
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses, and a spare pair

Voltage & Plug Adapters

The voltage in the Seychelles is 220-240, PLUG TYPE BS-1363. Please go to below link for more information. Bring a plug adapter to charge camera batteries and any other electronics you may need. Link for other details and images:

All of our lodges, hotels, and camps have electricity.

Seychelles overall image

Vaccines

IMPORTANT: We are not doctors and do not have the authority to give medical advice, including vaccine recommendations. Please consult your doctor, a travel clinic, and the website below. Your vaccine decisions are at your discretion only.

No vaccination proof is “mandatory” in order to get through customs however for your own personal safety you will want to get Hep A, Hep B, & Typhoid vaccines. You will *not need malaria pills or yellow fever vaccine. Please consult your physician for more information and recommendations.

Please see the government recommendations here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/seychelles

Travel Documents

Passport

Vaccine certificates (*not needed but if you have them bring them)

Visa

NO VISA REQUIRED FOR SEYCHELLES *(THIS APPLIES TO USA PASSPORTS ONLY)

Money, Tips and Gratuitites

Seychelles:

1 USD = 13.7 SCR (Seychellois Rupee)

1 USD = .91 EUR

To get the best rates, use credit cards as much as possible (as long as they do not charge international fees), and get your local cash from ATMs. There are very few money changers on the islands so we do not recommend bringing most of your money in USD with the plan to exchange it for SCR on arrival.

*The Seychelles DO NOT accept USD in most situations BUT they LOVE THE EURO (EUR). Another option is to get EURO from ATMS or money changers instead of SCR.

Tips and gratuities for hotel house cleaning, porters, and drivers & guide(s) are expected in the travel industry when with a group. Budget approx. $ 2.00 – $ 4.00 per person per day for lodge and hotel staff, $ 1.00 per bag for porters, $ 8.00 – $ 12.00 per person per day for our local guide, and $ 3.00- $5.00 per day for our driver. Tips are optional but we highly encourage them if you feel the service deserves it. *Note, you should tip in EUR or SCR, NOT USD while in the Seychelles.

General Info: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/seychelles/money-costs


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