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What to take with you when flying to Asia?

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1. Posted by JamesLanes (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

A week later I'm flying to Asia, and I'd like to hear advice on what to bring with me? I want to walk a couple of days in nature, can take a mosquito net from mosquitoes? What else should I take with me to protect my health?

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1998 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

First thing - where in Asia are you heading for? If a warm area perhaps a bathing suit for swimming. If somewhere cold you will need cold weather clothing. Etc.

"..can take a mosquito net from mosquitoes?"

Do you plan on sleeping out in the woods or on a park bench? Even some cheap places with fan cooling may have their own net. If you are staying in a room with an air conditioner and shut windows you won't need a net. You can bring your favorite mosquito repellent if you want.

Before you go - your passport should have at least 6 months remaining after final departure. Some forums will recommend less but 6 will work. Make copies of your passport data page. Keep copies in a separate location. (Always keep your passport dry, clean and not crumpled up. Safeguard it, or you could be denied entry.)

Very little information from you, your profile isn't filled in. You don't mention how long for this trip and if more than one country. If several countries or just one research your visa requirements. If you need a tourist visa or can enter on a free Visa Exemption stamp in your passport depends on your country passport.

Being older, I have a check in bag with me. Since it doesn't cost me anything to check in a bag I have a few preferred items in that bag. I like to have a Swiss Army knife or similar type device. I throw in a line for stringing up for drying clothes. I have a spare set of shoes. In Asia it is difficult to find shoes in big manly sizes that are not expensive. I have a pair of shower shoes too. Spare underwear, socks, shorts, shirts, etc. I leave often during cold weather, this means layers of clothing and not a big thick parka. A long sleeve shirt can be used for a thin jacket even in tropical locations. (Like on a boat, in a cold movie theater, trains and buses can be cold on long distant runs.)

If you have not flown before or not familiar with what you can take through the security check - do some checking on this! There are limits to "fluid amounts" you can bring on a plane.

You should have more than one source of spending money. Cash, couple debit cards and a credit card or two for emergencies that might come up. (Fall in a hole, get hit by a vehicle because you looked the wrong way crossing a street, renting a motorbike or scooter and wiping out. Renting motorcycles/scooters is a big killer in some countries in Asia. You could end up in a hospital with a big bill to pay. Some travel insurance that pays for medical can be helpful. For your cards notify the card provider that you will be overseas before leaving on your trip. Don't surprise your card provider with ATM withdrawals suddenly coming in from overseas. They may suspect fraud and freeze your withdrawals.

If you are leaving in a week you are cutting it close for your research. For some countries in Asia you might need a return ticket or flight out of the country within a specified amount of time. You can't just show up and stay as long as you want.

You need to look at your daily spending money AFTER paying for your plane rides to and from final country. After you know how much money per day is available then you will know how much to allow for your hotel expenses. Or whatever lodging you choose.

Make Google searches your new good friend! For whatever country you are visiting you can also buy or borrow a travel guide for that country. No electricity required, no wifi connection, just read the data and look at the maps and photos. Some travel guides have hotel - hostel recommendations.

Have padlocks with you and a way to lock packs or baggage. Don't trust anyone you do not know from back home! Use the safety box in your hotel for safeguarding your valuables.

Good luck.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Feb-2018, at 13:39 by karazyal ]

3. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

If you are worried about bug bites you might want insect repellent that contains either DEET, picardin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Sunscreen if plan on visiting beaches, also check you have all the necessary vaccinations.

4. Posted by JamesLanes (Budding Member 2 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

My neighbor who lives in California, has already flown to Laos, he advised me to spend a couple of days in nature, but for this me need to choose accessories to protect my health. I already have a tent, mosquito net, I think to choose a mattress for myself, to sleep was comfortable in the tent. And I think still to take a gas cylinder small to cook food in the open air.

5. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Do you plan on camping in Laos? You know you can't fly to Asia with a gas cylinder in tow

[ Edit: Edited on 20-Feb-2018, at 02:46 by Teoni ]

6. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 1998 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

"My neighbor who lives in California, has already flown to Laos, he advised me to spend a couple of days in nature, but for this me need to choose accessories to protect my health. I already have a tent, mosquito net, I think to choose a mattress for myself, to sleep was comfortable in the tent. And I think still to take a gas cylinder small to cook food in the open air."

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If you are flying from the US to Laos or a nearby country that is a very long flight. It sounds like you have never flown before otherwise you would know that you can't bring a gas cylinder with you on a plane endangering the lives of hundreds of passengers! Some people who insist on bringing a gas cylinder on a plane could be thought of as a danger to passengers and crew!

Do take the time to research what is permitted on a flight and what is not! A trip to Laos or Bangkok or one of those neighboring countries is NOT a weekend trip!

If you are coming from North America plan on a couple weeks. Know that this is a long expensive flight so get your money's worth out of it! You don't need a tent, mattress or cooking stove to LOOK at mother nature! You really ought to do some research on this trip. Do you know how much a flight will cost? (Round trip to Bangkok and a side flight to Laos might be cheaper than a one way flight to Laos and a one way flight home from another country.)

Go to a library and check out some travel guides for the countries you have an interest in. Look at the distances involved too!

So, where are you starting from? What countries are you going to visit? Keep in mind that not that many foreign tourists go camping out in the jungle alone! (Unless they are dead broke or crazy!) Some camping as part of a group does go on.

Are you still in school? Do you even have a passport? The last time I read posts for "living out in the woods" type trips was just after the movie Beach was released. Works in movies but not so much in real life!