What to Pack & Wear in Zanzibar
Packing For Local Transfer to Zanzibar vs International
Your local transfer to Zanzibar may have much lower baggage limits than your international carrier. TIP: Use an accurate scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Local flights luggage allowance is one piece of luggage of a maximum weight of 20kgs per passenger for checked in baggage and a carry on luggage allowance of up to 5kg in a single bag. It is recommended to bring soft luggage that can be easily placed into the undercarriage compartment. We can accommodate hard shell suitcases.
Zanzibar And Its Dress Code:
In town or village, as most of Zanzibari's are muslim, having the right dress code is highly appreciated and show respect to the native. Hot weather - a long skirt or loose-fitting pants are also good in the heat and will protect you from the sun. You can wear loose and below the knee, cover shoulders and if you can, elbows. Women - Take some loose covering, or buy a Kanga to cover head and shoulders if in doubt. No short pants for men but sandals or open toe shoes are ok.
On the beach, things are more relaxed; bikinis are ok, but definitely not thongs and do not go topless as it is illegal. When walking on the beach, our advice would be to cover up with a scarf or wrap and a sunhat. You'll be protected from the strong sun but also avoid unwanted attention.
What To Pack:
Currency - Coming with cash, remember to travel with 2010 or above $50 or $100 bill notes. Older bills are not accepted at most bureau changes or will change it at a lower rate. 20, 10 or 1 dollar bills will be exchanged at a lower rate. ***Recommend to do all your exchange when you arrive as you will also get a better local rate for each dollar you exchange. You can also use your card if needed.
If you are alone as a female traveler, you may be subjected to unwanted advances from random guys or "beach boys". Wearing a fake wedding ring can be useful to help ward off such attentions.
We hope this information is helpful.
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