Packing for a one-week holiday is hard enough, now the greater challenge of packing for six months has appeared, deadline looming on the horizon. I like to think of myself as rather organised when it comes to holiday packing, and I have been given a packing list of recommended things to bring along, which makes my job relatively easier. The harder task is working out how to pack six months worth of sun cream without confusing some poor customs officer! Reef doctor has also introduced a ban on using any sun creams with reef-damaging chemicals, which are surprisingly many brands. Chemicals such as Oxybenzone, Butylparaben and Octinoxate are known to cause coral bleaching, disrupt coral breeding and damage coral’s DNA. Oxybenzone can be found in over 3500 sun cream brands worldwide!
Along with day-to-day outfits and environmentally friendly necessities, I also have to bring along scuba diving equipment, ranging from masks, snorkels and wetsuits, to regulators and BCD jackets. With the aid of my local dive shop I am sure that I will have everything that I need!
On top of that, I need to be fully vaccinated for a variety of diseases in order to be able to stay on site, with appointments every two weeks, I shall soon be protected against Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus and a few other ailments, with a large collection of antimalarial tablets in hand!
Next time: What is Madagascar like? A few facts and figures!