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1. Posted by colinmc (Full Member 129 posts) 7y

hey im off to thailand in march, and im just wondering what i shud reli have packd, i just seem to be thinking im going to forget so much, so far i have..............................

backpack 45ltr
comfy trainers
sandals
shorts x2
combats x2
rough guide to thailand
t-shirts x5
deet
microfiber towel
socks
boxers
travel bag
camera
watch
wallet..............................

colin

2. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 7y

Passport?
Bring a jumper just incase you go somewhere where the air conditioning is put on too high! (some places can do this).
Sunscreen too, especially if youre on malaria tablets as they tend to make you more vulnerable to sunburn.
Toiletries? Most important is toothbrush/paste, hotels might have the rest or little bottles you can steal and use for a few days.
I'd also be tempted to bring a full sized towel for the beach if youre into that, rather than the microfibre one - most hotels will provide towels anyway.

PS: Not sure what combats are? Bathers?

3. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1818 posts) 7y

A money belt. Beware of petty theft in crowds. Small padlocks for your bag. Sunglasses. A small tin of talcum powder (places like Tesco, Watson and Boots do sell it in Thailand). Books to read? (a visit to local charity shops before leaving). I always take a few plastic bags. They are not plentiful in Thailand like in the UK. Extra memory card(s) for your camera (if digital). People who have downloaded photos into computers in Thailand have sometimes picked up viruses on their cameras and lost the lot. A biro and some paper.

If you get diarrhoea, try a small spoonful of salt washed down by a sugary drink. Toothpaste on a mosquito bite works very well.

4. Posted by laos_info (Budding Member 42 posts) 7y

I would recommend:

Passport
Tickets
Toiletries
Medicine / Small first Aid kit
Moneybelt

Everything else will be cheaper to buy there.

5. Posted by si403 (Full Member 130 posts) 7y

money belt or zip pockets were fine for me. my mate uses a zip belt and it sometimes seemed like an effort.

many people seem to wear vests, i sweated alot when i was in thailand, so light shorts with one layer, nothing heavy, and vests make it seem alot cooler although u will always be hot.

i dont know why but i took some denim jeans and never wore them they would have been waaay too hot and heavy, stupid idea.

one of those quick drying travel towels, its very humid so is worth takin something which dries quickly, but try and wash it often as they ten to start to smell a bit.

i took one of those silk sleeping pouch things, double bed size was fine on a single bed, if you get a single size one they look a bit small for my liking, you can get em off ebay, they seem to keep you cool, keep you overed from bites, and if the air con or fan is on it can actually keep the breeze off you so you wont wake up too cold.

[ Edit: Edited on 24-Feb-2009, at 04:23 by si403 ]

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 768 posts) 7y

Lose the spare socks, you won't wear them. Buy flip-flops when you are there. Just take 1 pair of trousers. Wear your trainers there, don't take spare pair, if you really need more while you are there you can buy some A+ trainers (copies) very cheaply. Take a roll on deodorant as deodorant is very hard to find in SE Asia. Just take as little as possible, t-shirts etc are dirt cheap in Thailand so you can buy them there as well. I always try to pack as little as possible but always end up wishing I had left a couple of things behind. Apparently a good tip is to pack your bag, then unpack it and take away exactly half of what you packed and that is all you will need. As long as you have passport and money you will be fine. I went to Thailand with just my carry on luggage on the plane.

7. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 7y

Packing depends on how you like to travel and how often you like to do laundry. I tend to pack as light as possible and do laundry every night in the sink before I go to bed, never having more than one outfit dirty at a time. In the heat of Thailand, even a pair of jeans will be dry by the morning. So my most valuable items when traveling are a clothes line with hooks on the end so I can string it up in just about any hotel room, and a universal sink plug. A little bag or bar of laundry soap is easy to find and cheap in Thailand. So if you don't mind doing this, you can pack very light.
I usually carry:
One pair of zip-off trousers for when I really need long legs. Since they zip off, they double as a pair of shorts. Usually I only end up wearing the legs when I'm on a freezing bus or at a temple.
One other pair of shorts which I often just buy when I get there.
One pair of swim shorts
1 t-shirt
2 or 3 button-up loose fitting long sleeve dress shirts. I like these best because they are respectable when you are at a temple or something, warm when in A/C, yet can be casual and just as comfy and cool as a t-shirt when untucked with the sleeves rolled up. I also find them better for hiding my money pouch.
If I'm planning on doing any big hikes then I sometimes put my boots and a couple very thin pairs of socks down deep in the bottom of my bag. But the last two trips I had nothing but flip-flops for foot wear and I can't imagine I'll ever bring anything heavier than sandals to Thailand again.
I also carry a micro-fibre towel
And of course I have underwear, but 3 pairs is usually enough since I wash them everyday.

When I arrive I always buy a sarong which I carry with me on the bus where it's often freezing, and to the beach to use as a beach towel. I also always end up buying a couple t-shirts along the way as souvenirs.

I keep most of my money and passport in my money pouch that hangs over my shoulder under my shirt. I carry some sort of wallet or pouch in which I carry only one day's budget for easy access.

8. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1594 posts) 7y

Quoting colinmc

hey im off to thailand in march, and im just wondering what i shud reli have packd, i just seem to be thinking im going to forget so much, so far i have..............................

backpack 45ltr
comfy trainers
sandals
shorts x2
combats x2
rough guide to thailand
t-shirts x5
deet
microfiber towel
socks
boxers
travel bag
camera
watch
wallet..............................

colin

Passport of course.

I prefer to have a digital watch that has dual time zones. I keep time 2 on my home time and the main time zone on the time of the country I am staying in. A cheap Casio or Timex will do or any cheap one as long as it has a second time zone.

You can use a debit card in Thai ATM's if you want, so bring a debit card.

(Tell your bank you will be overseas before you leave home if you bring a card or the withdrawal may be denied.)

I have been on the road off and on for over 40 years. I always have a little electric coil with me that I use for making hot water for coffee and soup. I use that coil in my hotel rooms and even in airports to make some hot drinks. I have a plastic cup that the thing fits in along with some bags of coffee, all stuffed in a plastic bag. Doesn't take up too much room

Check this link out.

http://www.magellans.com/store/Appliances___Food___Beverage?Args=&page_number=1

You can get these electric coils cheaper than what is on this link if you shop around.

Good luck.

9. Posted by Curt1591 (Respected Member 230 posts) 7y

Unless you are huge, just about anything you may need can be found in Thailand, cheap. Don't worry too much about forgetting anything.

As mentioned before, powder is a good idea. The humidity can often wreak havoc on the uninitiated. Upon arrival, pick up some "St Luke's Prickly Heat Powder". It really helps combat heat rash.

A handkerchief is a great accessory. There is often no towels or napkins to be found outside the hotels.

A wide brimmed hat is better than shorts and t-shirts for combating the sun. Most people familiar with the heat will cover up.

All of these can be picked up here.

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