The Ultimate Packing Guide for Your Zanzibar Island Adventure

The Ultimate Packing Guide for Your Zanzibar Island Adventure

Get ready for your Zanzibar trip by packing wisely and ensuring a fantastic tropical experience awaits you.

1.    Sun Protection Items


  • Sunscreen:

Bring your sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun, especially in the months of January and February.

  • Hat:

Pack a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face and head from the sun when walking on the beach or in touring the Stone Town.

  • Sunglasses:

Protect your eyes from the bright sun on the beach with your pair of sunglasses.

2.    Clothing


  • Light, breathable clothing:

Zanzibar is hot and humid, so pack lightweight and comfortable clothing to fit you in the day time.

  • Swimwear:

Pack swimsuits to enjoy the island’s stunning beaches. Also, when going on a day tour like Safari Blue, Mnemba Snorkeling and Blue lagoon.

  • Sarongs or cover-ups:

Bring sarongs or cover-ups to wear over your swimwear when you’re not in the water. Most of the time you go snorkeling and have a rest in the boat.

  • Flip-flops:

Pack flip-flops for the beach and walking around the reefs when low ocean tide especially in Michamvi, Paje and Jambiani beach.

  • Sandals:

Bring comfortable shoes for exploring the island, like going to Spice farm tour and Jozani Forest.

  • Beach bag:

Pack your small beach bag to carry your essentials when walking to the beach.

  • Reading material:

Bring a good book or e-reader to relax and unwind on the beach or while enjoying the breathtaking Sunset.

3.    Electronics And Accessories


  • Camera or smartphone:

Capture your memories of your Zanzibar vacation with your camera or Smartphone

  • Power bank:

Bring a power bank to keep your electronic devices charged if you are planning outdoor activities.

  • Waterproof phone case:

Keep your phone safe from water damage with a waterproof phone case when going to water activities

  • Travel adapter:

Bring your travel adapter for Type D and G electrical sockets

4.    Health And Hygiene Items

  • Insect repellent:

Bring a good quality insect repellent if you will go exploring some bush areas.

  • First-aid kit:

Pack a basic personal first-aid kit for minor injuries and illnesses.

  • Medications:

If you take any essential medications, don’t forget to pack them

  • Hand sanitizer:

Bring hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean and prevent the spread of germs. Especially at this time of Covid-19.

5.    Water Activities Items


  • Snorkel gear:

If you plan to snorkel, bring your own gear or you can just take free snorkeling tools provided in the tour

  • Beach towel:

Pack a beach towel to dry off after a swim. This is not necessary because you can also take one from Hotel

  • Waterproof pouch:

Keep your valuables safe from water damage with a waterproof bag or pouch when doing water activities like Snorkeling and Diving


6. Travel Essentials

  • Travel documents:

Bring your passport, travel insurance, and any other necessary documents. You can buy a visa from Zanzibar Airport for some countries

  • Cash:

Bring some cash in case you need to make purchases where credit cards are not accepted. Read our guide on Zanzibar currency.

  • Travel Pillow and blanket:

If it is okay for you. Bring a travel pillow and blanket for a comfortable flight or a car ride

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