Blue skies, golden sand beaches, perfectly positioned palm trees and Instagram-worthy sunsets – who wouldn’t want to go on holiday in Fiji?
There’s more to Fiji than its beaches though (as perfect as they are!). Our Fiji packing list has been designed to make sure you can experience the best of what the country has to offer – whether you’re visiting Fiji for adventure or relaxation.
Read on to find out what to pack for Fiji!
What to Pack for Fiji
Hat / Sunscreen / Sunglasses
Sorry to be Captain Obvious here. However, the sun in Fiji can be especially fierce – so make sure you don’t forget the essentials.
- Sunscreen is pretty pricey in Fiji and you’ll need to use a fair bit of it – just make sure it’s a reef-safe variety!
- Hats are a necessity on the beach, but if visiting a local village, ditch it in favour of sunscreen as it’s considered insulting to Fijians to wear a hat in their village. Pack a foldable one so it takes up less space in your luggage.
- Sunnies will be your saviour when you head out on the water – those sparkling waters deserve to be seen, not squinted at!
- UV Protecting Swimming Goggles to protect your eyes while you’re in the water too.
Trust me, you don’t want itchy bug bites ruining your holiday! Insect repellents with DEET have been proven to be very effective against mosquito bites. But when used with sunscreen they can decrease the effectiveness of the sunblock by up to 40%!
I prefer to go for something with more natural ingredients, such as this one by Repel. Alternatively, if you don’t dig putting anything on your skin at all, you could try a portable repeller or a repellant wristband.
Although the name is misleading (you don’t want to be walking on the reef as it’s incredibly damaging for the coral), reef shoes can come in very handy.
Grab a pair of inexpensive reef shoes for avoiding cuts from sharp rocks, lurking marine critters, or accidentally scraping your feet on live coral while snorkelling.
If you’re staying at a resort, they will most likely have snorkelling gear you can hire or borrow, but it’s impossible to know beforehand what condition it will be in. If you’ve got the space, I’d recommend taking your own so you’re sure to have a set that fits – and you’ll know it’s clean!
With all the swimming you’ll be doing – consider taking two pairs of swimwear if you hate getting into damp togs!
Although bikinis look great on the beach, they aren’t so practical for water-sports like snorkelling or windsurfing when you’ll be wanting something a little more… stable!
If you plan on doing a village tour in Fiji or visiting a local school, it’s a nice gesture to come armed with small gifts or stationery. If staying with a local, bringing some Yaqona (kava) will always be appreciated, as will stationery supplies for the children or teachers at the school.
First Aid Essentials
With any luck, you won’t be needing this one, but simple first aid supplies can be hard to find in Fiji – and even harder on the outer islands! They’re also pretty expensive.
So take some essentials with you such as panadol (paracetamol), band-aids and a tube of antiseptic cream or tea tree oil for cuts or mosquito bites.
There are some fantastic hiking trails and walks in Fiji that you don’t want to miss out on because you don’t have the right footwear! To make the most of the stunning waterfalls and national parks you will need footwear with good support and grip.
Casual Loose Clothing
While resorts are fairly laid back when it comes to their dress code, as soon as you leave the resort you should respect the customs of the local people and dress conservatively.
When visiting a village or a church, men should always wear a shirt, and women should have shoulders and knees covered. Loose, cotton or linen clothing will be more forgiving in the hot temperatures.
Tip: Don’t take only casual clothes away with you as some of the fancier resort restaurants have a smart dress code.
Camera / Underwater Camera
You’re going to want to take a few snaps of your Fijian adventures – so don’t forget to bring a camera! Go the extra mile and bring an underwater camera to capture the beauty of Fiji’s coral and colourful fish while snorkelling or scuba diving. I love my Sony A6000 as a travel camera as it’s super light and compact – perfect for throwing in your beach bag!
For underwater snaps, you can’t go past the GoPro Hero series. I have the GoPro Hero5 which is waterproof – meaning you no longer have to buy a separate waterproof housing.
Team it with a wrist strap for underwater adventures and you can keep your hands free for swimming, paddling or sorting out your snorkelling gear!
If you’re travelling to Fiji with kids, you may want to look into getting an inexpensive underwater camera for them too. It’ll keep them happily swimming and snapping fish for hours!
Small Umbrella or Waterproof Jacket
Fiji is not immune to the odd shower or full-on downpour, especially during the ‘wet’ season which runs from November to April. So take a small umbrella or jacket if you plan on getting out and about despite the rain.
Tip: Despite the name – the wet season is a great time to visit Fiji. It’s quieter and you’ll get some great deals on Fiji flights and accommodation. We visited Fiji in February and it only rained once – overnight!
Other Fiji Travel Tips
Keep in mind that domestic flights within Fiji only have a 15kg baggage allowance – so choose what to pack for Fiji carefully if you’re transferring to a domestic flight.
Some food and alcohol can be brought into Fiji – but make sure you declare everything.
For more information on what can be imported, refer to Fiji Revenue & Customs.
Fiji power supply is the same as in Australia and New Zealand – three-point plug, 240 volts AC 50Hz. Buy a US adapter here.
Looking for things to do while you’re in Fiji? Check out my experience of a Village Tour and Oolala Cruises in Fiji!
Wednesday 1st of August 2018
Oh thank you very much. I need this. I'm getting married in Fiji April 2019. And I have been all over the pace trying to figure out where to start on anything lol. This list will definitely get me going in the right direction. We are looking to get the GoPro Fusion, but I think we will still need something else for our underwater excursions. Any thoughts on that camera? And the fact that we are going in April scares the crap out me that it will rain everyday. But I can only hope and pray that it does not lol and definitely take a rain jacket.
Thursday 2nd of August 2018
Congrats on your upcoming wedding! What a stunning place to have it. I haven't used the fusion myself, but I have the GoPro Hero 5 and love it! I'm not sure why you'd need more than that for your underwater photography unless you're after pro shots. In which case I'd suggest underwater housing for your current camera if it's decent quality. But really, I've found the GoPro sufficient so far. I have my fingers crossed for the weather too! In my experience, the rain doesn't last long, so hopefully, even if you do get wet patches you'll have plenty of sunshine also :-)
Thursday 8th of February 2018
Going to Turtle Island Fiji in August for the first time ever! Also first time taking such a long flight- flying from New Orleans , LA, USA. Any tips for long flights? Thanks so much for this I googled "Packing for Fiji" and couldn't find anything !! I am also have a weight limit due to the seaplane that will be taking us from the main island to Turtle Island .Thanks again!
Thursday 8th of February 2018
You're most welcome Celeste! Ah, yes long flights - you either love them or hate them. We often have to travel 30+ hours across when we go home to New Zealand! If you can get them, sleeping pills are the way to go. We don't use them so much anymore as we have a little one to look after on the flight. But they absolutely help to get a good sleep en route! It's very difficult to get any shut-eye otherwise with being uncomfortable and the general disturbance of announcements/other passengers etc. Other than that, just try not to look at the time that has passed ;-)
Friday 24th of February 2017
Great tips - I'd also like to add that you can book snorkeling tours where equipment is provided, and usually transportation is also included in these types of excursions. And thanks for the note about power supply! I think that's a really useful note, because I know I'd be looking that up wondering myself. Do you know if credit cards are commonly accepted around Fiji?
Monday 27th of February 2017
Hi Jess, good point about the snorkeling tours! The tour we did with Oolala provided snorkeling gear, but I think if I was a frequently snorkeling I'd probably prefer to have my own set to ensure the right fit :-) We never had a problem using credit cards in Fiji. But there are fees added, and it always pays to have some cash on you for smaller purchases and markets etc. Enjoy your trip!
Sunday 22nd of January 2017
I'm going to Fiji for the first time in February and I found this really helpful! Such a good little list of necessities :)
Sunday 22nd of January 2017
I'm so glad you found it helpful Bec! Have a fabulous time in Fiji :-)
Saturday 1st of October 2016
Thanks Katy! Glad you found it useful :-) Yes, it's always the most obvious, yet obscure things we leave behind when going on holiday isn't it!