Clothing and Equipment List


Active Sri Lanka


Western clothing is acceptable everywhere, but outside beach resorts Sri Lankans tend to dress conservatively. We recommend comfortable lightweight casual cotton clothing in lowland areas, and medium-weight clothing and layers for the cooler hill country. Out of respect for local culture we recommend that - particularly in rural areas - you dress accordingly i.e. no tight-fitting clothing, low-cut or sleeveless tops, etc. Shorts are acceptable in main tourist areas, but they (and skirts) should reach at least to the knee. Everyone should be prepared to cover bare arms and legs when entering religious buildings, and take off their shoes. Up in the hills it can get surprisingly cold, so pack some warm and windproof clothing. A sun hat, sunglasses and high-factor sunscreen are all essential.

The following list of clothing and equipment is intended to be fairly comprehensive and experienced travellers may well take a good deal less luggage than we recommend.


·          Passport - including appropriate visas

·          Photocopies of all documents (keep separate)

·          Airline tickets

·          Additional passport photos

·          Travel insurance details

·          Emergency contact numbers

·          Trip information and itinerary

·          Cash, credit/debit cards, money security belt/pouch



·          Walking shoes

·          Socks

·          Trainers or strong sandals (all purpose wear)

·          T-shirts

·          Long sleeved shirt

·          Long casual trousers

·          Shorts/short trousers

·          Cycling shorts (padded would make the cycling more comfortable or bring a gel seat cover)

·          Fleece or sweatshirt

·          Lightweight wind/waterproof jacket

·          Swimwear

·          Sunhat (styled to cover face, ears and neck)



·          Soft-sided bag (50-80 litres)

·          Lightweight daypack

·          Sunglasses

·          Camera, memory card(s)

·          Universal travel adaptor

·          Torch

·          Insect repellent (with high DEET content)

·          Personal first aid kit

·          Sunscreen

·          Binoculars (optional)

·          Water bottle

·          Towel

The following items can also be useful:


·          Face wipes

·          Moisturising cream

·          Snacks/energy bars

·          Padlock for your bags

·          Small mirror

·          Spare glasses/contact lenses

·          Earplugs (against snorers!)

·          Cold water travel wash (preferably biodegradable)


These items are also useful but don’t pack them in your hand luggage – put them in your main bag only!


·          Penknife/small scissors

·          Safety pins

·          Small sewing/repair kit

·          Nail clippers


Personal First Aid Kit
Your tour leader will be first aid trained and will carry a first aid kit. However, we recommend that you carry a small first aid kit for personal use. This could contain things like plasters, sterile dressings and bandages, a blister kit, pain killers e.g. paracetamol and ibuprofen, antiseptic cream, antihistamine cream (for insect bites), sunburn cream, anti-diarrhoea pills e.g. Imodium or Lomotil and rehydration salts e.g. dioralyte.

Please ensure you carry essential personal medication in your hand luggage rather than checked in bags.
You may require a letter from your Doctor confirming this medication is for you.


For details regarding hand luggage restrictions please visit