Travelling in tropical Sri Lanka is an amazing experience filled with adventures from wildlife safaris, to nature treks, to culinary journeys, to exploring ancient ruins and of course unwinding-time at the beach. Whether you are staying for a few days or a few weeks, here are a few things you should have with you while you travel around this stimulating island.
A few clothes that cover the knees and arms
Sri Lanka is filled with religious locations that are steeped in historic value full of interesting things to see and experience. But for places such as these you cannot rock up in your tank top and shorts. Instead, be prepared with a lightweight knee-length skirt and an easy to slip on kuruta top or versatile shawl, that is convenient to throw on if the need arises. For guys too always have a shirt or t shirt on hand. This way you will avoid hassle at entry or the need to haggle for a temple-provided sarong or cloth.
Sun screen, chap stick/lip balm and mosquito repellent
These are three essentials that should be with you always, for easy slathering when necessary. Indulge in the Sri Lankan sun with the confidence that your skin is protected by sun screen and as you are in the tropic’s mosquito repellent is essential. Your lips too need protection and should be kept moisturised with chap stick or lip balm. All these items are readily available at local chemists, but if you have preferred brands then pack them with you, as they may not be easy to find in Sri Lanka.
A light jacket and walking shoes
True, you may spend most of your time in sleeveless tops and flipflops, but if you travel towards Sri Lanka’s picturesque but chilly up country you will thankful for extra covering. Afterall, the area is not called Little England for nothing. With beautiful areas to explore such as waterfalls, forests and lush plains, your walking shoes will come in handy.
Re-fillable water bottle
Staying hydrated is important and you are more likely to remember this while exploring the island, if you have a bottle of water with you all the time. Having your own re-usable bottle will ensure that you have a ready supply of drinking water to sip from constantly. It will also help you reduce your plastic footprint as you avoid buying plastic bottles of water from local vendors.
These are not essentials you need to pack, but these items are useful, and you will be grateful to have them with you as you experience the adventures, Sri Lanka has in store for you.