Must haves in packing list for your Andaman Holiday
Travelling to a remote tropical island without the right things can get frustrating and leaves you thinking “I wish I had that for a more comfortable beach holiday!” Resources are limited on the islands. Better be prepared than not with –
- Sunscreen – Tropical sun is sharp and the salt in the air could add to burning of skin. Carrying a waterproof sunscreen for lasting results is advisable.
- Insect repellent – While the tropical forest region is known for its’ mosquito and insect diversity, the beaches of Andaman Islands can get unpleasant due to sand fly attacks. An insect repellent would be handy. Citronella oil based repellent works well against mosquitoes, sand flies and insects.
- Flip flops/ rubber chappals – These are the best beachwear in the world and has proven best here in the Islands. High heels on a beach walk could cause discomfort.
- Water bottle – Carry a water bottle with you and refill it at restaurants that have RO water. This will cut down the amount of plastic being generated thereby discouraging bringing in of plastic.
- Towel – Carry with you a quick drying towel.
- Clothes – Carrying cottons is recommended. Shorts, airy light clothes helps in keeping dry in the warm humid environment.
- Swimwear – Remember, chilling sessions on the beach are going to be an everyday thing while here. Swimming in the clear blue waters when on the Islands is highly recommended.
- Beach mat/ Hammock – Spending time on the beach would be even better if the sand is kept away. Carrying a beach mat to lie on or a hammock to tie on an extending branch on the beach would make all the difference.
- Flashlight – While some resorts provide their guests with hand torches, most budget resorts do not. Carrying a flashlight post sunset is advisable stepping on creepy crawlies, etc.
- Medication – Any specific medication/ general medication prescribed for illness or as a precautionary measure.
- Sun protection – Carrying with you a cap in summer is highly recommended. Those who are not accustomed to the heat might fall sick with a heat stroke. Sunglasses for the eyes to cut out the glare are imperative.
- Rain protection – Andaman Islands fall under the tropical belt. Owing to its’ position, the islands receive rains from both the southwest monsoons and the retreating northeast monsoons making it a high rainfall area. The weather here is unpredictable and carrying a rain jacket or an umbrella would be useful. Carry zip-lock bags for cameras and other gadgets to keep them safe from moisture
- Cash – There are only two ATMs on Havelock – SBI and Axis bank out of which SBI is reliable. There are days when both ATMs do not work. Being on an island stranded with no money in hand can get problematic. Therefore, carrying money on oneself is advisable.
- Pocket diary – Carry a small notebook while travelling to Andaman Islands. The sceneries and the place inspires many to write/ draw/ sketch/ doodle/ create.