Clothing and Equipment List


Ceylon Discovery


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 where we spend no more than two nights. 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. You need to wear clothing covering your shoulders & below your knees when visiting temples. You need to remove your shoes & headwear at the entrance. Up in the hills it can get surprisingly cold, (between 5 and 10 degrees) so pack some warm and windproof clothing. A sun hat, sunglasses, high-factor sunscreen and insect repellent 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



          Trainers or strong sandals (all purpose wear)


          Long casual trousers

          Shorts/short trousers

          Fleece or sweatshirt

          Lightweight wind/waterproof jacket


          Sunhat (styled to cover face, ears and neck)



          Soft-sided bag (50-80 litres)

          Lightweight daypack


          Camera, memory card(s)

          Universal travel adaptor

          Insect repellent (with high DEET content)

          Personal first aid kit


          Binoculars (optional)



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 donít pack them in your hand luggage Ė put them in your main bag only!


          Penknife/small scissors

          Safety pins

          Small sewing/repair kit

          Nail clippers

          A torch


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.


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