In the second part of our article on successful packing for your Thailand trip, take a look at what you need to take in your medicine bag, carry on, and suitcase so you are prepared for everything the country has to offer. Don’t forget – packing lightly is better than packing everything. You can find a lot of what you need on sale in the local stores, and laundry services for your clothes are plentiful and cheap. Here are some ideas for luggage essentials for your trip:
What to Pack for Thailand: Medicines
You don’t need to travel with a full medical kit with something to treat every ailment because Thailand is well-provide with pharmacies and hospitals, and unless you are going off the beaten track you will always be close enough to a pharmacy for the essentials. Many doctors and pharmacists also speak English, which makes it easier to find what you are looking for. If you have tried-and-true remedies and products that you need, make sure to take them as you often cannot be fussy about which bands you find in Thailand. Similarly, take prescription medication with you as it can be difficult to pick this up when you are in the country. But things like band aids and aspirin you will easily find.
What to Pack for Thailand: Shoes
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Leave heavy, hot and bulky shoes at home. Even if you are hiking in the jungle you will not need hiking boots. If you are going to be active on rough terrain, a well-made pair of sports sandals is better, or a robust pair of trainers.
The best footwear for the beach and city sightseeing in Bangkok is a pair of flip flops or simple, comfy sandals. You could also go with a simple pair of slip-on closed-toe shoes that will allow you to enter temples and will give you a bit more protection against the elements. If you want to go out to dinner in the evening or you like something a bit fancier for a special occasion, take simple dress shoes or smarter sandals.
What to Pack for Thailand: Electronics
Your cell phone is probably going to be an essential item. When you stay in a hotel or resort in Thailand you are sure to be able to charge your phone whenever you want to, but if you are staying in a more remote place or traveling around a lot then it is a good idea to take a battery charger that doesn’t rely on electric power. Other essential electronic items will depend on your life and your habits. A good digital camera is a must, and you may want to take your laptop with you. But beware of taking too many expensive electronic gadgets. While Thailand is a relatively safe place to travel, there are incidents of theft from buses, on public transport, in bars and from hotel rooms. Use the hotel safe to store things you are not using.
Take some travel adaptors with you so you can plug in your chargers and your gadgets. Check in your home country whether your plug shape will fit with Thai shapes. It doesn’t hurt to buy a universal adaptor, especially if you are traveling through other countries where you are not sure what the plug requirements are.
Take care with the voltage issue. In Thailand the electric system is 220 volts, while in the US and Canada it is 110 volts. Many electronic gadgets will work with the 220 volt system as they are dual voltage, but it makes sense to check before you go otherwise you will need to bring a voltage converter.
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How to Pack Your Carry On Bag for Thailand
Take a carry-on bag that you will also be able to use as a beach bag or a day pack when you are in Bangkok. You’ll save space in your luggage. You’ll probably have to take a long flight to get to your Thai destination so pack all the little things that make the flight more comfortable and easier to sleep, like a good travel pillow, eye mask, ear plugs, and plenty of water. Stock up on snacks, take your tablet loaded with games or reading materials, and pack a few books. If you want to travel into the country with some Thai baht you can, but it is simple to exchange currency when you get to the airport, or withdraw cash from ATMs. Don’t carry large amounts of cash when in Thailand – it is unnecessary and it could be a problem.
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