Your suitcase

Bring light clothes, but don’t forget a warm jumper or fleece depending on the season, and a good anorak if you’re planning on trekking in the mountains, spending the night at altitude or getting up to see the sun rise at the Piton des Neiges or the volcano at dawn…

Indispensible : sunhat or cap, sunglasses, sun cream, swimsuit (topless sunbathing is allowed on the beaches) trainers or hiking boots.

Recommended : loose-fitting clothing which covers arms and legs to avoid mosquito bites as the austral summer nights fall.

Do not pack too much : anything you don’t have you’ll be able to find locally.

Importing fresh fruit, vegetables or seeds is strictly prohibited, so don’t bring your hosts any flowers!

When you travel, liquids and sharp objects must be stowed in the hold.

Tip : trousers with legs you can unzip are a good idea, especially when changing from one climate zone to another !