With an aviation career spanning over 20 years, David (Dave) Pflieger is the president and CEO of Hawaii Island Air. Dave Pflieger was previously an instrumental player in the launch of Air Pacific (now Fiji Airways), an airline operating out of Fiji. Travel to Fiji can be exciting, but it is important to know how to pack for such a trip to get the most out of the experience. The following are some tips:
Fiji has a very warm climate, so bringing mostly light layers is usually sufficient. During the time spent at a resort, swimsuits and shorts are an acceptable and practical form of dress, but while venturing into Fijian villages, it is necessary to dress more modestly. It is also recommended that travelers wear cotton clothing as well as any clothing that shields and provides protection from the sun, which can be intense in this region. When packing, travelers should also bear in mind that while nights are typically warm, it can be beneficial to have a light extra layer on hand. The occasional downpour that may occur also calls for having adequate waterproof clothing on hand.
Over-the-counter medications and simple first-aid items are also important items to pack, since it can be difficult in the region’s remote areas to find the most basic medical supplies. Having pain medication, band-aids, and other rudimentary supplies can potentially mean the difference between enjoying the trip or suffering unnecessarily from a minor ailment for lack of access to adequate treatment. Other useful items include plastic bags for containing valuables in and around water, a day pack for carrying daily necessities around, and a flashlight.