Luggage and bags:
This was the first time we went on a trip with just one backpack. In fact, we used just D’s small women’s pack and it was plenty big enough. It gave us a lot of flexibility when it came to going on local buses and it was less to worry about too. Since I carried it, D loved the idea. lol
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring your hiking boots if you want to do a lot of walking. You can buy some cheap sandals when you are there or bring some with you as warm weather and nothing but heavy boots is not fun.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring anti-malarials as well as a good repellent though we did not actually take the pills while there. Sometimes the pills are worse then the disease so to speak but make your own decision on that. Bring appropriate medicines for dysentery though you can find cheap ones everywhere as most travelers will need them at some point! Lol Tampons are hard to find.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle lenses is imperative for landscape photography and for getting the whole temple in when you are up close. A zoom is great for faraway temples on hills and also for sneaking shots of locals.
Mozzie repellent is a must for Luang Prabang - particularly as you are almost surrounded by river here - they come out as soon as the sun goes down, and they are relentless little buggers.
I also recommend buying this at home, as I had bought our favourite brand here, but my husband insisted on buying something locally - and it was greasy and just horrible. Hard to choose between it and the mozzies in the end.
Luggage and bags:
WHEN TRAVELLING HERE IN THE TROPICS THERE ARE SOME THINGS THAT I ALWAYS CARRY WITH ME..:
ALWAYS MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A STRONG AND RELIABLE MOSQUITO AND INSECT REPELLANT. AS DENGUE AND MALARIA ARE PREVELANT:
ANOTHER MUST IS FRESH BOTTLED DRINKING WATER AND MAKE SURE TO CHECK THE SEAL ON THE CAPS TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE NOT REFILLS:
I USE A SMALL BACKPACK THAT CARRIES ALL MY DAILY ESSENTIALS
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: GOOD SHOES/BOOTS ARE A NECCESITY:
A SMALL PONCHO THAT WILL COVER YOU AND YOUR BACKPACK IN A SUDDEN STORM:
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: A GOOD SUNSCREEN AS THE SUN CAN BE STRONG ..AND SUNBURN IS FAST:
A PACKET OF WET WIPES:
A SMALL TUBE OF MOISTURISER:
A SMALL TUBE OF LIP BALM:
ALSO A SMALL PACKET OF TISSUES( IN CASE THE ROLL IS EMPTY)
A SMALL BOTTLE OF ANTISEPTIC HAND WASH (FOR EATING)
Photo Equipment: MAKE SURE THAT YOUR DIGITAL BATTERY IS CHARGED BEFORE LEAVING THE HOTEL:
A SPARE MEMORY CARD :
ALSO A DIGITAL BATTERY CHARGER AND INTERNATIONAL POWERPOIT ADAPTOR (AT THE HOTEL)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A GOOD HAT FOR COVER:
A PAIR OF SUNGLASSES:
Miscellaneous: A SMALL SELF CHARGING TORCH: FOR THOSE DARK STREETS AND TEMPLES..