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What to bring

Of course everyone has different needs but we trust you’ll find this a useful start to planning what to bring and what to leave behind on your Solomon Islands adventure!

Health

From 28 December 2019, to enter Solomon Islands you will need to show proof of vaccination against measles. Failure to do so may result in deportation or being unable to board your inbound flight. Bring your official vaccination record with you. You must be vaccinated at least 15 days prior to arrival.

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

To protect yourself from disease:

  • make sure your accommodation is insect-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing

Consider taking medication to prevent malaria.

Essential items

You don’t need to pack much but whatever you do, don’t forget these:

  • Swimwear
  • Lightweight, quick drying t-shirts and shorts
  • A loose skirt or sarong for town and village visits
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes or sandals
  • Sun protection- hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • First aid kit
  • Insect repellent
  • Dry bag or snap lock plastic bags to keep things dry on boat trips
  • Your camera and charger

If you’re looking forward to the water activities you might want to bring your own well fitting, comfortable mask, snorkel and fins. You can also hire the equipment when you’re here.

Strongly recommended items

If you’ve still got room, you’ll be glad you brought these:

A light, long sleeved cotton shirt or top
A small torch or head lamp
A comfortable day pack
Compact binoculars for bird and wildlife spotting
A book for some alone time and playing cards for making new friends
A few energy bars!

The Solomons uses 240V, 50Hz AC and Australian-style three-pin plugs.

Gifts

Any spare t-shirts or other practical clothing is greatly appreciated by villagers. Basic medical supplies such as band aids and bandages, dressing tape, paracetamol and antiseptic washes like Dettol are also always much needed.

Leave behind your valuables and cold weather clothes. Consider leaving copies of all your travel documents, insurance and credit card details with someone you trust.

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