As of today, I’ve been living as an expat in Fiji for 7 months. People think I’m on a one-year vacation due to the island’s reputation as paradise (HA HA HA, oh how I wish that was true). Anyway, a lot of people often ask me for advice on what to bring for a trip to Fiji. So I came up with a simple guide on what to pack for a holiday in Fiji – I hope you find it helpful!
For a holiday in Fiji, you should bring:
Bathing suits and flip flops
Well, you’re going to an island surrounded by the ocean so might as well, right? I almost always go diving so I’d pack my rash guard and board shorts as well in case I don’t feel like wearing a scuba suit.
Internet ain’t cheap in Fiji and often not included in your hotel stays, not to mention it’s often slow and spotty (I must admit tho, the cost and the speed of internet in Fiji is heaps better than that of the Solomon Islands). You can always purchase Wifi access at your hotel but it could be expensive, so it’s not a bad idea to bring a portable internet device to stay connected.
Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats
Protect your eyes from the sun and your skin from being sunburned. Rain or shine, I apply sunscreen and wear my sunnies on a daily basis. I also strongly suggest you bring a hat or a baseball cap because the Fiji heat could be unbearable. I wasn’t much of a hat person but Fiji changed that for me very quick so yea, bring one or maybe four.
The power sockets in Fiji are of type I, which is the same as in Australia, New Zealand and other South Pacific islands. The standard voltage is 240V with a standard frequency of 50 Hz. Some hotels may have a few adapters already placed in the rooms for your convenience but bring one or two just to be safe.
Quite high up on the list, huh? Due to the lush greenery and vegetation in the island, mosquitoes and bugs are no stranger to Fiji. I never leave my house without a small insect repellent spray in my purse. They’re an absolute lifesaver especially in the evenings. They’re available for purchase in local pharmacies but a tiny bottle costs roughly USD 10 so yea, just bring your own…
Book or a Kindle
As mentioned above, the internet in Fiji is expensive and unreliable. So take this opportunity to switch off from your web activity. Bring your Kindle or a good book to read by the beach as you listen to the waves crash at your feet.
One of my biggest regrets is not purchasing a waterproof action camera before moving to Fiji. The reason I have yet to try the famous shark diving in Pacific Harbour is that I don’t own a GoPro or a waterproof camera to document the glorious moment of witnessing 40+ sharks in one dive. I’m an advanced scuba diver with more than 30 logged dives so I’m not even sure why I haven’t made the purchase yet. Trust me when I say you can never go wrong with a waterproof camera even if diving isn’t part of your travel agenda, as there is a wide variety of water-based activities to choose from – surfing, jet-skiing, snorkeling, paddleboarding, whitewater rafting, kayaking, you name it! I’d also like to point out that the price tag of a GoPro here is around USD 800 (almost twice the cost of what you’d pay in the states…gasp) so might as well bring one and save the hassle and money…at least I brought my snorkel mask.
Fiji rains pretty much everyday, even during the dry season (May to October). The weather is unpredictable as it switches from rain to shine and vice versa in minutes. Pack a small umbrella or bring a raincoat to stay dry from the unexpected showers. They come in very handy, especially when you’re walking around in Suva.
This doesn’t apply to just Fiji. I always carry a small first-aid kit with ample band-aids/plasters, ointment and medicine in case I get sick. I also recommend you to pack some aloe vera to soothe your sunburned skin (highly likely!).
So here it is, a simple packing guide for those who wish to visit Fiji for their next sweet escape. Please note that the above list is more relevant for tourists, travelers and short-term visitors. Check out a separate packing guide for those who are planning on moving to Fiji here 🙂
Have you been to Fiji? Are you an expat here? Let me know in the comments below if I missed anything!
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