What to pack for Cambodia

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    Monsoon rains

    by SirRichard Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you go there in July-September, during the rainy season, don't forget a little umbrella for the frequent rains. It doesn't rain daily, and when it rains it is normally 2-3 hours in the afternoon (at least in august when I was there).

    The temperature is not cold when it rains, so I found the pocket anorak I used a bit uncomfortable, as you sweat a lot with it, so U get wet anyway...

    Monsoon rain
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    one D please

    by richiecdisc Written May 7, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacks are a real plus in country with a limited travel infrastructure. It makes getting from one point to another easier when you find yourself walking.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A bathing suit may not suit the locals but Westerners will want one to enjoy the local beaches. Sandals come in handy but boots are better travel days.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle is essential for getting the whole of Cambodia's great architecture in and a good zoom for capturing people without their knowing.

    Miscellaneous: Someone in that bathing suit...like D. :)

    D captures even the monks' imagination
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    Pack light - cheap laundry available!

    by Homanded Written Jul 24, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: My partner and I traveled with only 1 carry on each for a 1 month trip in Asia which included 5 countries. It really helped to lessen time spent in airport.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Our packing list was as follow: 2 Jeans (one we wore on plane, other in carry on), 5 T-Shirts, 5 Pr. Socks, 5 Underwear, 2 short sleeved duo purpose shirts (casual / semi dressy) and one long sleeved shirt. THATS IT!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunblock (Bullfrog is excellent, water proof)
    Mosquito repellent with DEET
    General toiletries (you'll need an adapter for a shaver if your country uses 110V)
    Bandaids (both for small cuts as well as possible blisters on feet)
    Deodorant (and our own soap-we find small hotel bars too inconvinient)
    TOILET PAPER (4 rolls for 1 month was sufficient)
    We also took 2 bottles of Immodium AD with us just in case (we never needed them)
    A prescription we had filled by doctor before leaving of a broad spectrum antibiotic in case of illness or infection...(bacterial).
    Cough medicine/Aspirin

    Photo Equipment: I highly suggest a digital camera or, trading your old SLR for digital before leaving.
    2 GB card (holds about 2000 pictures
    Extra batteries and charger.
    "Wolverine" (20 GB equipment about size of a large palmpilot which can store your pictures - up to 30,000, and makes cleaning out your card convinient) - about $120.00US
    Tripod, extra lenses and dont forget a polirizing filter and UV filter!
    If you have SLR 35mm, know that camera shops are common throughout Cambodia and will be able to provide you with extra film, batteries and even tripods for a slightly lesser price than here in US.

    Miscellaneous: Candy, Gum, School supplies (such as pens, pencils, paper, plastic rulers), small toys *(you can order through Oriental Trader by bulk) as gifts which you can offer children at temples.
    Also, Money belt, photocopies of all your personal ID's such as passport/visas and US driver's license in triplicate divided up between your luggage, wallet and back pack in case of loss or theft.

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    PHOTOCOPY your Important IDs

    by Homanded Written Jul 24, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Make sure you have photcopied all your personal ID such as passport, Driver's license from your home country, Visa, and Money Order receipts. Keep your original in your room or hotel safe, carry copies in your wallet and keep additional copies in your backpack and luggage. Idea is to divide into several areas in case of loss or theft.

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    Make travelling a little more comfortable

    by planxty Written Jan 27, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: Just a short tip. If you plan on doing much travelling by jeep / truck, a couple of sturdy inflatable pillows can make a world of difference. Apart from lying / sitting on them I find them invaluable for putting between my knees and whatever they are jammed against. I'm 6'5" and Asian transportation really isn't designed for people like me.

    Also, a sarong / piece of cloth or whatever you like to call it to wrap round your head whilst travelling outside. apart from the obvious sun protection, after you've picked red dust out of every facial orifice for a day or two, you will appreciate this advice - trust me.

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    Super lightweight backpack :)

    by ukirsari Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: One backpack and daily pack (PS: we can hire a porter whenever pass the border then ask him to put our luggage in the car). Separate pack for clothes and important stuff, such as passport and wallet.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cotton t-shirt, cargo pants and short pants (I don't think so using jeans here :D), saroong and hat (for the property of photogaphy!), sandals, sneakers and boot (in case of rain), raincoat and umbrella

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Pills for headache, tissues, mosquito repellent (just in case, I never used it!)

    Photo Equipment: Plastic bag to covers your camera

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    Yellowing clothes...

    by peitsing Written Jan 6, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Try to wear clothes which are reddish/yellowish or brownish in color....
    Cambodia is a dusty country and the many many motorbikes zooming around does not help matters...
    One step out of your guesthouse etc and your white clothes will immediately turn brown...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen sunscreen and more sunscreen!!!! Caps and sunnies!!

    Photo Equipment: Camera charger is a MUST as usual..
    However, plenty of cyber cafes or places with internet connection are available for burning of your precious photos into CDs....
    Believe me, you would be surprised how easily it is to take enough photos to load into CDs after CDs after CDs...

    Miscellaneous: I find it useful to use the "date" format on my camera... some may find that photos with dates are not attractive... Well, after seeing ruins after ruins, it is extremely easy to get confused at the end of the day... Dates on photos help to bring the memories back...

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    Stuff You Need

    by PA68 Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: If you're travelling on pick-ups, motos, taxis and buses then a small to medium sized backpack will meet your needs. I think mine was about 50 Litres.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: One pair of stout boots or trainers for clambering about all those temples and pair of sandals for the rest of the time.

    As for clothing, try to keep a distinct separation from your daytime and nightime gear. Cambodia is a very dusty country and I found that something on clean in the morning could be a mess of dust and sweat by the evening. Just wash it, change into your evening clothes and when you get up the next day, your daytime clothes will be clean and dry.

    If you forget to pack a rain poncho you can buy cheap ones there so don't worry.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Anti-bacterial handwipes are a good thing to take. Wipe your hands before eating and you'll be amazed how much dust comes off.

    Photo Equipment: I took an SLR with wide-angle and telephoto lenses. A tripod would be useful in in some of the temples if you can be bothered with the extra weight.

    Miscellaneous: Mosquito net, the cheaper guesthouses don't always supply them.

    Torch, in case of power outages.

    Small travel towel as they take up less room.

    Photos of your home country, family etc. The Cambodians loved seeing pictures of Scotland.

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    U$ Dollar$

    by muddybok Written Jan 29, 2004

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    Miscellaneous: US dollars are widely accepted in Cambodia but you will need some Cambodian riel to make small purchases. Be careful not to take torn US dollars. A damaged Cambodian note still can transact but a small rip in a large US bill makes your dollars worthless.

    Hotels, guest houses and most restaurants set prices in US dollars. Some places accept credit cards and travelers checks.

    I was informed that there are no Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) in Cambodia. Therefore please do not take any chances, or you may be stranded in Cambodia for insufficient funds.

    Kids who are selling postcards, local crafts & drinks in USD (mostly $1-$2) & often you’ll get some small change in Cambodia Riel.

    Connversion: $1 = 4000 Riel

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    What to Bring

    by batgirl1001 Written Jan 5, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: A torchlight if you plan to see sunrises

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good solid trekking shoes or sandals. No loose slippers- you are asking for trouble if you do so. Many of the temple steps are slippery and small and hence easy to fall.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant
    Hand disinfecting spray
    Diarrhea pills

    Photo Equipment: Tripod, extra batteries

    Miscellaneous: Lots of cash. If not, travellers checks or VISA/Mastercard for advance cash withdrawals. There are no ATMS in Cambodia and hence if you are without any means of obtaining cash, you are in trouble.

    Always buy a lot of mineral water- for washing hands, brushing teeth, drinking etc. Mineral water is cheap here. Water from the tap is undrinkable and not good either for washing hands.

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    What to bring?

    by Carino Written Nov 9, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Leave your suitcase at home. Most likely you will use Tuk Tuk, Public Buses, Boats and other mean of transportation. Trust me, a backpack comes in very handy.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Don't bring too many clothes to Cambodia. You can either bring them to the Laundry for a small price or buy new stuff. Flip Flops are usually fine, but during Raining Season and when visiting temples and palaces, I strongly suggest to bring a good pair of shoes. When visiting temples and palaces you should cover your feet, shoulders and knees.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Toilet Paper, Hand Wipes and some meds against diarrhoea and of course mosquito repellent.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots of MB on your memory cards. You will take a lot of pictures.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring some energy bars for long bus rides, locks for your luggage, Plastic Bags to keep your stuff dry during raining season, Umbrella, Flashlight (for sunrises/sunsets at Angkor Wat) and of course a rain coat.

    Miscellaneous: Travel insurance, passport, small USD bills, money pouch, hat, sunglasses, small towel, cell phone & charger, iPod & charger (for long bus rides), books, Pens & Toothbrushes/-paste & other small items (for the kids) and some passport photos.

    Do NOT bring:
    Candys for the kids. They usually do not brush their teeth and candys are not good for them.

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    No Heel Please!!! (esp. @Phnom Bakheng)

    by muddybok Updated Jan 29, 2004

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    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Phnom Bakheng is definitely not for anyone who wears high heels. Good trekking shoes or sandals will be best suited for the track because the terrain is full with loose red earth.

    Descending is much difficult than ascending because you’ll easily slip & those red earth that badly eroded are really no jokes.

    Look out for my Flash Light - Packing List too!

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    by muddybok Updated Sep 16, 2006

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    Photo Equipment: - Digital Camera with good macro shot
    - High ASA for indoor cravings
    - Tripod for sunrise & sunset
    - Black & white films for more classic shots

    Miscellaneous: Walk into cyber cafe that say "CD-WRITER" to offload your memory sticks & make way for more shots. ;-)

    Better still if you have an iPod (with Camera Adapter) or X-Drive kind of digital storage devices.

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    Tough Backpack

    by muddybok Updated Apr 2, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: If you’re to travel by land to visit Cambodia, be sure to use one reliable, tough backpack. Suit cases with wheels are more for those who travel by air & check into luxury hotel.

    The advantage of backpack & travel light is, you can squeeze your badgage into limited cargo space due to it shapeless nature. Your backpack can also be sit on, to lean on while waiting for connecting transport. Most importantly it’s easy to carry & extendable to carry your latest acquisition.

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    Simple packing suggestions

    by Snipernurse Written Jun 19, 2008

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    Luggage and bags: Bring extra space in your bag to pack all the cool things you will buy in Cambodia. Pack lightly, a day pack is a must.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable walking shoes, sandals are okay when about in the city, and easier to take off when visiting temples. When going during the hot season, bring cargo shorts and light t-shirts with a sweater just in case it gets cool in the evening. A hat is very important, as are sunglasses. Don't be dressing fancy, no where in Cambodia did I get any sense that fashion was an important issue.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, Mossie repellent, baby wipes, first aid kit, immodium ad, hand sanitizer, all your soaps and etc.

    Photo Equipment: Lots. I enjoyed my video camera and iPod immensely.

    Miscellaneous: First They Killed My Father - By Luong Ung. A very insightful and easy read into Cambodia's recent history.

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