Firstly can I just say how proud of myself I am for packing lightly! I believe it is a rare talent for a the average female to pack carry on luggage for a couple weeks worth of travel. But in being so proud of packing nothing, I forgot to pack all the useful things I actually needed. Doh! So just for you, I have created a list of things that might come in handy for your next trip to Thailand, or Asia.
What not to Forget:
I know this sounds basic, but I am not joking. If you have forgotten it, they charge double what they do in Australia. Think about paying $30+ for regular 150ml of sunscreen, and if you are travelling around for more than a couple of weeks, it is going to be one of your biggest expenses. No matter if it is in a drug store, 7/11 or off a street vendor, they will be expensive because the Thai don’t need it, all the sunscreen is imported.
Long Sleeve Shirts
This is carrying on from the sunscreen, if you couldn’t guess I am a classic white girl that gets burnt, doesn’t turn and just goes back to white. In fact, Blake has already had 33 sun cancers cut out already, so we are super into sun safety. So anyway, bring those light weight long sleeved dresses and shirts, the heat and humidity kills you, but keeping your skin out of that sun does help!
When you are looking at booking your tours to the Islands, I would recommend bringing your own towel as the companies don’t provide them. You can normally dry off pretty quickly in the heat, but it is also good to chill on the beach, or put over the super uncomfy chairs on the boats.
International Drivers License
If you are thinking about hiring a scooter, don’t forget to get your international drivers license. Takes 30 seconds at RACQ (or whatever your relevant road assistant company is) and it costs about $40 for a year. The Thailand police (anywhere really in Asia) will pull you over if they can see you are a tourist, and fine you if you don’t have it on your person. It has happened so many times to us in Bali, we are ready if it happens in Thailand.
For those in the cheap seats at the back!
(AKA budget travellers in hostels, this part is for you)
This is more so if you are a budget travelling like me and have to stay in hostels. Bring ear plugs if you are not a great sleeper, along with the snoring guy next to you, it is normally a bit of party scene with music and talking.
The bathrooms in Thailand are NO WHERE near luxurious. 9 times out of 10, you will have the shower water coming down onto the bathroom floor where you share the toilet and basin. I don’t know what it is, but that just doesn’t sit well with me. Bring shower shoes, and the issue doesn’t need to be an a big deal!
Hope this helps.
Good luck, and embrace the bucket showers.