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What to Pack for a Holiday in Fiji

Fiji Holiday Packing List

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.

Fiji Holiday Packing Swimsuit
 

Pocket/portable wifi

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 theΒ 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.

Fiji Holiday Packing Sunglasses
 

Power adapter/converter

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.
 

Insect repellent

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…

Fiji Holiday Packing Insect Repellant
 

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.
 

Waterproof/action camera

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 Holiday Packing Snorkel Mask
 

Umbrella/raincoat

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.
 

First-aid kit

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!).

Fiji Holiday Packing First Aid Kit

 

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 πŸ™‚

 

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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  • Reply
    Unta
    December 9, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    With your posts about Fiji I feel totally ready to go, I just need to book a ticket. πŸ™‚
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      susie
      December 10, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Yes do it <3

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    Greta
    December 9, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    Such a thorough packing guide, thanks for sharing! Now I just need to go to Fiji to put it in practice haha

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      susie
      December 10, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks for reading Greta! You should definitely come to Fiji πŸ˜‰

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    Emma | Luxurybackpacking
    December 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I went to Fiji last year, was absolutely fantastic, however I really struggled on what to pack! Wish I came across this packing list for Fiji last year!
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      susie
      December 10, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Hehe thanks Emma! Any plans to come back to Fiji? πŸ˜‰

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    Amy Alton
    December 10, 2017 at 9:53 am

    When we were in Fiji this year we got a package from Vodaphone and I think it was 50GB for $50 FJD…that’s pretty cheap compared to what we paid in the rest of the South Pacific!

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      susie
      December 10, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Nice, didn’t know Vodafone had packages for visitors! I use Vodafone’s data and for its price the quality is meh, but you get what you get in the Pacific πŸ˜‰

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    Kelly
    December 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

    So all of the suggestions are so helpful, especially the bug repelent! But what I really like is the wifi suggestion. I would have never thought that internet thete would be expensive so this is such a great idea. And motivation to get my butt to Fiji!!

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      susie
      December 10, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Thanks Kelly! Internet is even more expensive in the Solomon Islands than it is in Fiji and for the price you pay, it’s quite slow and spotty so a lot of tourists complain about it. But you get what you get here in the Pacific πŸ˜‰ and yes come to Fiji <3

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    Angela @ Tread Lightly Retire Early
    December 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    We just went to Hawaiβ€˜i and other than the adapter/WiFi, I’d say this list is spot on. We were lucky the places we stayed had insect repellant because we definitely forgot to bring some.

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      susie
      December 12, 2017 at 11:02 am

      Good thing they had insect repellant! I can’t leave my house without one anymore πŸ™‚

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    Helena
    December 10, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Bug spray, if not supplied by the resort. Better off take it and not need it. Will be pricey should you need to buy it. Tropical strength insect repellant, tropical aeroguard or bushmans is good. Be aware that Deet (found in some insect repellants) and suntan products should not be used together as it is a toxic mix.
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      susie
      December 12, 2017 at 11:04 am

      I agree, bug spray can be so expensive especially here in tropical islands. They only sell ones with DEET in Fiji so good to know you shouldn’t mix with suntan items! Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

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    Sierra
    December 10, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Such a great guide, always appreciate hearing the perspective and tips of someone who has lived in a place I’m traveling to! (Hoping to get to Fiji one of these days myself, so I’ll have to save this!)

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      susie
      December 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Sierra, hope you visit Fiji one day! You’ll love it <3

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    Gabriela
    December 11, 2017 at 8:46 am

    This is great! I have always wanted to travel to Fiji πŸ™‚

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      susie
      December 12, 2017 at 11:05 am

      Thanks Gabriela! You should definitely visit πŸ™‚

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    Dom
    December 12, 2017 at 3:10 am

    7 months in Fiji already? Wow. I’d love to go to Fiji. Good to know about the internet issues – if you do need to stay connected, then the portable wifi device will deffo do the trick.

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      susie
      December 12, 2017 at 11:07 am

      I know, I can’t believe it’s been 7 months! Time flies here. Unfortunately internet is an issue in many islands in the Pacific. I go everywhere with my portable device now πŸ™‚ Hope you visit one day!

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    Alex
    December 12, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Great list! If only I was going to Fiji anytime soon haha. By the way, those sunglasses are absolutely adorable!

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      susie
      December 12, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks Alex! They’re Dolce & Gabbana πŸ™‚

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    Anosa
    December 12, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Never been to Fiji but it’s definitely on my list of places to visit and this packing list looks incredible, most of us don’t think of first aid when we travel
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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Thanks Anosa! I manage to injure myself almost every time I travel so a first-aid kit is a must for me πŸ˜€

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    Rachel Silverwood
    December 12, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    I’d love to visit Fiji! This is a fabulous packing list for such a trip πŸ™‚

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 11:51 am

      Thanks Rachel! I hope you visit Fiji soon <3

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    Diana
    December 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    This is great! I really like the idea of sunglass

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I can never travel without my sunnies πŸ˜‰

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    Sayantani
    December 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    These are some really helpful tips! I always, yes almost always forget the insect repellant and first aid kit in all the holiday excitement! This list is very useful πŸ™‚

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Thanks Sayantani! I didn’t start packing insect repellent until I came to the Pacific πŸ˜€ and I always manage to injure myself every time I travel so I can’t go anywhere without a first-aid kit!

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    Joan Cajic
    December 13, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I need to go ti Fiji, looks so tropical and I need the sun right about now. Thank you for sharing.

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 11:54 am

      It’s rainy season here in Fiji but we still get quite a bit of sun πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading Joan!

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    Amber Myers
    December 13, 2017 at 2:51 am

    Thank you for this packing list. I really hope I can make it to Fiji one day. I know I always bring books when I travel!
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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thanks Amber, I hope you visit Fiji soon! A good book is a must when traveling πŸ™‚

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    Nadene
    December 13, 2017 at 3:25 am

    I would love to travel to Fiji some day. thanks for the packing tips

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks for reading Nadene πŸ™‚

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    GiGi Eats
    December 13, 2017 at 3:30 am

    PACKING IS SOOOOO HARD FOR ME! I am going to Africa and I am over here like THE F do I pack… And I don’t want to bring a big suitcase but I am also going to be there for a good amount of time, so I need enough clothes! hahaha!

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Trust me girl it takes me SOOOOO long to pack (and it takes me much longer to unpack lol) so I feel you! But I’m excited for you that you’re heading to Africa, let me know what you end up packing so that I can take notes from you πŸ˜€

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    Ania
    December 13, 2017 at 4:02 am

    Great packing list for Fiji! Living in Fiji sounds incredible! What do you do there? And it’s really helpful to know how expensive internet can be in advance. Thanks for writing and sharing this post!

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Ania πŸ™‚ I work for a humanitarian office here in Fiji. Internet in the Pacific is spotty in general, I’m currently in Solomon Islands and the internet here is much slower and way more expensive than it is in Fiji – crazy!

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    Tatjana
    December 13, 2017 at 4:50 am

    Always wanted to travel to Fiji. Your posts make me want to visit even more. Keep it up!

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks Tatjana! Hoping you’d visit Fiji soon πŸ˜‰

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    Megan
    December 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I always struggle with what to pack and what not to pack on vacation, which makes me OVER pack! Fiji would be a great place to pack for!

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I feel you, I always end up overpacking as well because I feel anxious if I don’t haha!

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    Dian
    December 13, 2017 at 8:33 am

    winter is coming ..:) it is nice to warm up with your article πŸ˜›

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      It’s summer here in the Pacific πŸ˜‰ I’m actually missing the winter!

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    KatWalkSF
    December 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

    SO many great tips! I am so ready for that kind of a vacation!

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks so much, come visit Fiji πŸ˜€

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    My Travelogue by Bhushavali
    December 13, 2017 at 11:26 am

    I’ve really gotta save some money to get a good action camera!
    Those sunglasses definitely look super cool!
    Portable Wifi sounds like a must.
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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:36 pm

      I seriously can’t wait to buy a GoPro! Seriously one of the biggest regrets ever.

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    Aisha
    December 13, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    This list is pretty comprehensive! I love island travel above all else and I carry almost everything you listed on all of my trips πŸ™‚

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      I love island travel as well <3 Did I miss anything? Let me know πŸ˜‰

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    Kitty
    December 13, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    I would love to visit Fiji sometime soon but thats not possible until a year as I am a new mom :)… By the way its a lovely list πŸ˜€

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Congrats Kitty ad thanks so much! Fiji is great to travel with kids πŸ˜‰

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    Claudia Krusch
    December 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    This is a great packing list. I have always wanted to go to Fiji. It is so beautiful there. It is at the top of my travel wish list.

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      susie
      December 13, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Thanks Claudia, come visit Fiji soon <3

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    Followingtherivera
    December 14, 2017 at 1:07 am

    That’s so cool you’re an expat in Fiji! I’ve never been but it looks awesome. I totally agree with your packing list, especially that insect repellent!

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks πŸ˜‰ insect repellent is a must here in the Pacific!

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    Farrah Less G.
    December 14, 2017 at 3:27 am

    I’m envy on this post of your. Fiji is my dream beach vacation I see a lot of TV shows filmed in Fiji paradise. Since then I wanna go there. I love the sunglasses and sunblock lotion is must on any beach trip. Enjoy your vacay!

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Farrah! I’m actually not on a vaca as I live here, but I’d love to go on one soon!

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    Jennifer L
    December 14, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Oh wow fiji sounds amazing! It’s definitely on my bucket list to visit. Hopefully soon. Love the packing list you came out. I always forget my sunglasses at home.
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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks Jennifer! Hope you visit Fiji soon, remember to pack your sunglasses πŸ˜‰

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    Sandy
    December 14, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    I had no idea Fiji had the same adaptors as Australia, really good to know! Thanks for sharing <3
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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Thanks for reading Sandy!

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    Rosey
    December 14, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Ah the challenges, lol. I’d love to have the challenge of packing for Fiji about right now too. πŸ˜‰

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Haha I know right? Hope you visit Fiji soon <3

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    Ravmeet Oberoi
    December 15, 2017 at 6:10 am

    My packing habits are horrible! I am always adding things last minute. And portable wifi is something I wouldn’t even think of. This list is going to be turned into checklist on my phone!

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:47 pm

      Same here! I always end up forgetting something, two weeks ago I forgot to take my camera with me to the Solomon Islands :/ Having a packing list always helps πŸ˜‰

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    Terri Beavers
    December 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Oh my gosh, now I want to go on a holiday trip to Fiji. Your suggestions will come in really handy if that wish comes true for me.

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 4:53 pm

      Thanks Terri! Hope you visit Fiji soon <3 you'll love it here!

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    Lydia Smith
    December 15, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    I feel the best information about a location comes from the expats and I’m always glad to read their version. Yet to make a trip to Fiji, and I find the post very useful. Thanks!

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      I totally agree with you, I always ask an expat for advice when it comes to packing or else it’d take me forever and I’d end up leaving the most important things behind! Thanks for reading Lydia πŸ™‚

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    David Elliott
    December 16, 2017 at 5:30 am

    I could definitely use a waterproof candle. I really need to find one around me. I have seen the photos they take, and they are so amazing. I love it.
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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:00 pm

      They’re a necessity these days! Can’t wait to get one myself

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    December 16, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I have always wanted to visit Fiji. Thanks for the great list of what to pack when I get to go.

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks for reading Kelly πŸ™‚

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    Jenn
    December 17, 2017 at 8:47 am

    I’ve always wanted to go! This is a great list!

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks Jenn! Hope you visit!

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    Anushka Aggarwal
    December 18, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Fiji sounds interesting now πŸ™‚ I must plan my trip ASAP and follow your tips on what to carry πŸ˜‰ What about umbrellas or rain jackets buying in FIji? are they cheap? Anyways very helpful post πŸ™‚ Thanks.

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm

      I actually haven’t seen any rain jackets here – the locals carry their umbrellas and a few expats bring their own raincoats. The umbrella is decently prized but they’re all too big and heavy for me πŸ™‚

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    Adrenaline Romance
    December 18, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Insect repellant and first-aid kit. Those are probably the first things I’ll bring. I’d also bring a light raincoat or waterproof jacket; you’d never know when it rains.

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

      Exactly, the weather is so tricky here in the Pacific!

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    Izzy
    December 18, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Congrats on your seven months in Fiji! For all the years I’ve lived abroad, it was always so nice to celebrate those milestones. Helped me not take things for granted πŸ™‚ Love this packing list too! The portable wifi device is pivotal since people forget how much internet costs when you actually have to pay-to-play.

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      susie
      December 18, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Thanks Izzy! I can’t believe it’s been 7 months already, less than 5 months to go…crazy! Wifi can cost so much if it’s not included in your hotels :/ but you get what you get in the Pacific haha πŸ™‚

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    Ami
    December 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Nice to have a ready reckoner of sorts. I definitely need a reminder for the bug spray. I keep forgetting that one.And of course, the travel adapter – most important. Sunscreen is another thing that I definitely would add to the list.
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      susie
      December 19, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      I’d forget bug sprays too before I moved to Fiji. Now I can’t go anywhere without it!

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    Kim
    December 19, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Great packing list! I sure wish I was getting ready for a holiday in Fiji.

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      susie
      December 19, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Kim! One day you’ll be packing for a vaca in Fiji πŸ˜‰

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    Agness of eTramping
    December 23, 2017 at 3:52 am

    Fiji is an astonishing travel destination and I really hope to use your guide as soon as possible, Susie. Thanks to your post, I can pack like a pro. πŸ˜‰

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