Fiji enjoys a tropical climate, so our advice would be to take a lightweight, casual wardrobe of loose-fitting, natural fabrics eg. linen, silk or cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
Or buy a sulu when you're there – it's the Fijian equivalent of a sarong and is worn by both men and women.
Wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
Depending on where you are staying in Fiji, you may like to include some dressier, lightweight clothes for the evening too. Take the opportunity to dress up.
What Shoes To Pack
We love Hotter shoes, for total comfort along with style. Or why not try the Lindsay Phillips Switch Flops range – using interchangeable shoe and flip-flop bases with snap-on decorations, you can change your look from day to evening in an instant whilst still packing light.
If you are exploring exposed reefs at low tide then dive shoes are great for protecting your feet.
Clothing Tips For Women
Take care not to offend local sensibilities – this is really important, and whilst it's fine to wear bikinis and brief swimming costumes in resorts, it's definitely not ok when visiting villages or shopping in town. At such times cover up, and we'd recommend a sarong – local women traditionally cover their knees and shoulders with a sulu. Also note that topless sunbathing is illegal.
A skirt or loose-fitting pants are good in the heat and will protect you from the sun.
A few well chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will dress up any outfit, cover you for modesty or shield you from the sun.
Clothing Tips For Men
If you're looking for versatile and stylish beachwear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts, polos and swimwear.
For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.
Pack For The Weather
Fiji enjoys a tropical climate – especially noticeable in the hotter, humid summer months from November to March, so you will be able to travel light.
November, December, January, February, March and April are also the wetter months in Fiji, so maybe add in a travel umbrella.
Winter (May, June, July, August, September and October) is the dry season and is less humid. You can even feel a little cool in the evenings, so pack a lightweight jacket or pashmina to put round you.
We love the Weather+ app – it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too – a nice way to remember your trip 🙂 Download for iPad/iPhone or Android
Regions Of Fiji
If you plan on walking in the mountains then good, supportive and comfortable walking boots are a must and take a fleece too.
Other Things To Pack
Some tap water (in mainland resorts and the cities of Suva and Nadi) is officially safe to drink, however it's an acquired taste. In other areas you must not drink or even brush your teeth in it. Consider taking a LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – you can fill up from any source for clean, safe water without wasting plastic bottles.
If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage or will be moving from place to place, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack – it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized. Using packing cubes can help to keep your belongings tidy whilst compressing the volume too.
Combine your main bag with a day sack or beach bag that will carry your daytime essentials.
Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee – it protects against loss, theft and damage. A solar powered charger can be a good idea too, as a back-up for your battery.
Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees – use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home! Wooden carved items are popular, but do make sure they are marked as ‘treated' (to kill off any bugs that may be lurking inside) and you may have to declare them at customs so pack them all together for easy access.