Zanzibar

What to pack for your trip to Zanzibar

Layers, layers, layers. Generally the main rainy season last from March through May. Afternoon tropical downpours are the norm – which can be heavy on any of the islands. During November and December there is another rainy season. The humidity is high and daily temperatures reach the low to mid 30°C's. Ideal for this climate are lightweight hoodies like the highly weatherproof Arc'teryx Squamish jacket, which is breathable, too – handy for when the weather clears up again.

If you travel during the wet season, you might also opt for an actual rain jacket like the Patagonia Torrentshell.

Lightweight shoes for hiking. Pack a not-too-bulky pair of trail runners that can handle both streets and trails in dry and wet conditions, such as Saucony’s Peregrine 7 for men or women, that hold up well on wet and dry ground.

Mosquito and sun protection. Along with an effective bug repellent and great sunscreen, bring a wide-brimmed hat – when the sun is out in Zanzibar it's strong year-round. Tilley's LTM6 AirFlo Hat is stylish enough to wear in the city, but also keep you cool and provide a convenient perch for a personal mosquito net, like this one from Outdoor Research.

Don't forget your swimwear!. You’ll also want a comfortable, easily adjusted pair of goggles, like Aqua Sphere goggles and a space-saving microfiber towel like the Sea to Summit DryLite towel. A pair of sandals, like Chaco's Z/VOLV or Ecotread, will give you better traction on wet surfaces than a standard pair of flip-flops.

Power adapter and charger. Most power outlets in Tanzania support the three-pronged British plugs type D and G. The standard voltage is 220-240V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Type D and G power adapters are included in this world adapter set from Bestek, and a multiport charger, like Anker’s compact Powerport 4.

Packing cubes. They not only keep your suitcase organized, but also compact your clothes to save space. One of frequent travellers'favorites are Eagle Creek‘s Pack-It cubes, which come in different sizes so you can tailor your setup to your needs.

The Lonely Planet's Tanzania guide provides great advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you, including Zanzibar