Sri Lanka is a lush island, referred to by many as a tropical paradise. If you’re planning a trip to Sri Lanka, then you are in for an intoxicating journey into a land that, in some places, time seems to have forgotten, while in other places, is a modern cityscape, bustling with people. When you visit Sri Lanka, you truly are getting the best of not two, but a multitude of worlds, from scenic coastline beaches to hauntingly spiritual ancient sights. Ensure your best chances of having a smooth and safe vacation by taking the right precautions before you ever board the plane. Here are tips for preparing for travel to Sri Lanka:
Vaccinations. It is very important that you get the appropriate vaccinations before you leave for Sri Lanka. Be sure you are up to date with your polio, tetanus, hepatitis A & B, typhus, and yellow fever vaccinations. As well, bring some malaria pills with you, especially if you are traveling during the rainy season (when mosquitoes are most abundant).
Packing. The average temperature in Sri Lanka is a very hot 24 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the Sri Lanka atmosphere is extremely humid. Pack light-weight clothing in breathable fabrics so that you don’t get overwhelmed (or overtaken) by the weight of the Sri Lanka air. Also, be sure to pack insect repellant, as Sri Lanka has quite the mosquito population, and these mosquitoes transmit the very common “Dengue Fever.”
Mobile phones. Leave your phone at home. Your cheapest option (as compared to bringing your mobile phone and getting roaming charges) is to purchase a mobile phone while in Sri Lanka. Mobile phones are relatively inexpensive in Sri Lanka, and you can get a pay-as-you-go plan with any of Sri Lanka’s four major providers – Dialog, Mobitel, CellTel, and Hutchison Telcom – to use just while on your vacation. Additionally, minute recharge cards are available at any of the island’s convenience stores, making the pay-as-you-go plan a major traveling convenience.
Disembarkation form. Sri Lanka has only one airport, and it is often packed. Fill out your disembarkation form before you land in Sri Lanka so that you can bypass the crowds and head straight to the Immigration officers who will clear you for entry into your destination land.
Congratulations on your decision to visit one of the most beautiful places in the world. Now make sure you get the most out of your Sri Lanka vacation by taking the proper preparatory measures. Happy travels!
About the Author: Marvin Labbee loves to travel to exotic places. His position as a freelancer makes it easy for him to pick up and go wherever he wants. He enjoys using Metrofax online faxing and other online services to reduce his need to find office supply stores and hotspots while traveling.