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First Mombasa holiday: Packing essentials

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First Mombasa holiday: Packing essentials

When planning any vacation, it’s important to spend time thinking about what you’re going to take with you.

So whether you’re planning an action-packed adventure or a few days of blissful relaxation, here are just a few things that should feature on your packing checklist.


  • A tablet or Kindle

For some people, reaching the Mombasa requires a lot of travelling. Tablets and Kindles are lightweight and easy to transport, which means they’re great to use on the plane or at the airport. If your idea of the perfect beach getaway consists of days spent relaxing on the beach, then it may come in handy when you get here too!

  • Dry bag

It’s safe to say you’ll be spending a lot of time on the water. Dry bags are a great way to keep your belongings dry on diving expeditions, when taking part in watersports, or simply while you’re at the beach.

  • Insect repellent

Be warned: our beautifully warm climate does attract mosquitos, so be sure to bring bug spray to apply in the evenings.

  • Sunscreen

Mombasa benefits from plenty of sunshine all year round, so you’ll need your sunscreen. If you plan on spending lots of time in the sea, choose a product which is long-lasting and water-resistant.

Shoes and clothing

  • Lightweight, loose clothes

Loose-fitting clothing made from lightweight fabrics such as cotton is a must. Long dresses, skirts and trousers are great for the evening, while beach cover-ups are perfect for providing a little more protection from the sun.

  • Swimwear

With some of the best beaches in the world to relax on, it goes without saying that you’ll need swimwear. If you’re to take part in water-sports, you might find a swimsuit more comfortable than a bikini. And don’t forget your sun hat!

  • Sandals and flip flops

You’ll probably find that you’ll spend most of your time in flip flop or sandals. If you plan on doing a little exploring during your stay, perhaps pack something a little sturdier. But if you’re just relaxing on the beach, simply kick off your shoes and enjoy the feeling of sand between your toes.

Gadgets and tech

  • Cameras

Mombasa has some of the most spectacular snorkeling spots in the world, so a Go-pro or underwater camera is a must for capturing those unforgettable moments in the water.

  • Smartphone

With free WiFi in most hotels and resorts, you’ll be able to keep in touch with friends and family and share those all-important Instagram snaps whenever you have a little downtime.

  • Chargers and adapters

Luckily for British travelers, Kenya has UK plug sockets. So, if you’re coming from the US, Europe or Asia, you’ll need to bring an adapter.