Packing List

You have probably thought of these things already but, just to be on the safe side, we suggest below some items that you may well need in Cyprus and other matters worth considering.  Obviously these items can usually be purchased locally but you may find them a little more expensive than at home.

Hairdryer  Most properties provide one of these but you should check if it is mentioned before deciding to leave yours behind.

Insect Killer and Repellent  Cyprus is generally warm but not particularly humid.  So there are some mosquitoes and sandflies but not as many, or of such massive dimensions, as in some environments.  Nevertheless it is a useful precaution to anoint oneself with repellent at the times when they are most active - dawn and dusk.  Oh, and they like yellow, so leave those yellow towels behind.  We had a friend with one who sat on a hornet on a nudist beach in Greece - but that is another story!

At night-time we recommend you prepare your bedroom 1/2 to 1 hour before going to bed:  close all windows and doors, turn on the air-conditioning and fan and spray the room thoroughly with insect killer, not forgetting hidden surfaces, e.g. inside lampshades.  Go out and remember to shut the door behind you.  Don't forget to read the label - some killers are for crawling insects but you want the flying-insect kind.

Sunscreen & After-Sun  The Cyprus summer sun is strong.  Sunlight can build up vitamins but it is also blamed for skin-ageing and melanomas.  So we recommend erring on the side of caution and using a fairly high-factor suntan lotion or oil.  Babies and young children should be protected with very high-factor sunscreen or sun-block.  If they go in the water repeat the application periodically.

For after-sun, ladies might like to consider bringing Avon's Skin So Soft, a moisturiser that seems to have insect-repellent properties and a favourite of several ladies we know.  It does not stop every bite but reduces them dramatically.

Electricity  Cyprus uses similar electrical arrangements to the U.K. - 240V. with 3-pin sockets for square-pronged plugs.  If you have other plugs you will need one or more adaptors.  And don't forget the charger for your mobile telephone!

Clothing  In the height of summer (June to mid-September) you can probably exist all day in shorts and t-shirts or less.  Day-time maximum temperatures will be in the 29° - 33°C. range.  In the between-season period (late-September to early-December and late-April to May) you may need a light jacket and trousers or jeans if you go out of an evening.  Cyprus's dress-code is fairly relaxed but most restaurants do not like their customers to come in wearing vests/tank-tops or swimming costumes, unless they are pool-side cafés.

Reading matter  There are plenty of places selling books, newspapers and periodicals in a variety of languages.  Most leading newspapers are now being printed locally and you can get them at the same time as the local press.

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