Any advice on what to take to Thailand for just under 2 months would be hugely appreciated! I mean stuff like clothes, medication, toiletries, towels etc. After my time in Thailand i'm going to New Zealand for 2 and a half months. This means i'm gonna have to pack some warm, bulky clothes too, so really i want to keep stuff for Thailand to a minimum.
Thanks for any advice!
You really don't need a whole lot for Thailand. Most days you will wear shorts and a t-shirt and a pair of flip-flops or sandals. Have one pair of pants and closed shoes for days when you visit temples. I find the best things is to have zip-off pants so you can have the legs in your day pack when you think you might be visiting a temple. So I would say two pairs of shorts/pants, two or three shirts, some undies, and a pair of swimmers. Thats really all you need. Toiletries, medications, all that stuff is easy to find when you are there, so resist the tempation to take more than you need - unless of course there is some specific medication that you are on that you need to take. For a towel, I use a micro-fiber travel towel which is fantastic. It takes up no space and dries instantly.
I think the best key to taking as little as possible is to take a clothes-line of some sort. Buy some laundry soap when you arrive, and every night before you go to bed hand-wash what you were wearing that day. With the heat of Thailand, your clothes will be dry in the morning and you'll always have clean clothes, even if you only have two outfits.
I think you might want to take advantage of storage in Bangkok when you arrive. Alot of hotels in Bangkok, even cheap ones, have luggage storage since alot of people are in the same situation as you. You can ditch most of the stuff in your backpack that you will need in NZ and travel with less bulk. It goes without saying I hope, but I'll say it anyway- don't leave anything valuable in storage. While most Thais are honest and Ive never had any problems, you just never know who might have sticky fingers. There will be a small fee for storage, might cost you $20 or something over the two months, but its probably worth the money to not have to carry everything around with you, and its surely cheaper than buying new stuff in NZ or mailing stuff there.
Thankyou so much for your advice mate!
Thanks for the idea of leaving any luggage i'll need for NZ in Bangkok. Do they not have any storage lockers like this at the airport I could use for a couple of months? If not I'm staying in the Royal Asia Lodge Bangkok for 2 nights before i head to do a spot of kickboxing in Koh Phangan. Maybe they'll have some kind of storage.
Thanks again for your time kind sir