Tropical sun is sharp and the salt in the air could add to the burning of the skin. Carrying a waterproof sunscreen for lasting results is advisable.
While the tropical forest region is known for its’ mosquito and insect diversity, the beaches of the Andaman can get unpleasant due to sand fly attacks. An insect repellent would be handy. Citronella oil-based repellent works well against mosquitoes, sand flies, and insects.
Flip flops/ Rubber Chappals
These are the best beachwear in the world and have proven best here in the Islands. High heels on a beach walk could cause discomfort.
Carry a water bottle/Milton or similar with you and refill it at restaurants that have RO water. This will cut down the amount of plastic being generated thereby discouraging bringing in plastic.
Carry with you a quick-drying towel.
Carrying cotton is recommended. Shorts, airy light clothes help in keeping dry in the warm humid environment.
Remember, chilling sessions on the beach are going to be an everyday thing while here. Swimming in the clear blue waters when on the Islands is highly recommended. Sarong for all the women.
Beach mat/ Hammock
Spending time on the beach would be even better if the sand is kept away. Carrying a beach mat to lie on or a hammock to tie on an extending branch on the beach would make all the difference.
While some resorts provide their guests with hand torches, most budget resorts do not. Carrying a flashlight post-sunset is advisable stepping on creepy crawlies, etc.
The ferry ride in Andaman from Port Blair to the islands might stir a condition called sea sickness in many. It is a common condition causing dizziness, uneasiness and at times, vomiting as well.
It is very important that you pop a medicine for the same, prior to boarding the ferry if you know that you suffer from motion sickness. If not, it is safe to carry the medicine with you and use it, if needed.
Carrying with you a cap in summer is highly recommended. Those who are not accustomed to the heat might fall sick with a heat stroke. Sunglasses for the eyes to cut out the glare are imperative.
Andaman Islands fall under the tropical belt. Owing to its position, the islands receive rains from both the southwest monsoons and the retreating northeast monsoons making it a high rainfall area. The weather here is unpredictable and carrying a rain jacket or an umbrella would be useful. A raincoat or poncho allows you to enjoy the rains carefree.
Carry zip-lock bags for cameras and other gadgets to keep them safe from moisture,
ID proofs for Indians (Aadhaar card, Drivers License, PAN card, Voter’s ID)
There are only two ATMs on Havelock – SBI and Axis bank out of which SBI is reliable. There are days when both ATMs do not work. Being on an island stranded with no money in hand can get problematic. Therefore, carrying money on oneself is advisable.
Protein Bars or Snacks
One will find plenty of restaurants on the Andaman Islands and finding good food is not a big task.
However, it is recommended that you keep some snack with you in case you feel hungry at odd hours. Protein bars, dry fruits and chocolates, dairy biscuits, banana chips are some of the things to pack for Andaman trip.